JAZZ IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Sandy Cressman’s Homage to Brazil with Jovino Santos Neto

Please join us on Saturday, February 15th at 8pm for a special Jazz in the NeighborhoodSandy Cressman‘s Homage to Brazil featuring Jovino Santos Neto on piano.

Jazz in the Neighborhood is proud to present vocalist Sandy Cressman and the Homenagem Brasileira (Homeage to Brazil) Quartet — Celso Alberti on drums, David Belove on bass and Jovino Santos Neto on piano.

With two acclaimed albums of Brazilian songs and international performances, Sandy Cressman and the Homenagem Brasileira band take the audience on a musical journey through the world of Brazilian jazz. Cressman and her critically acclaimed band pay tribute to the great Brazilian composers Ivan Lins, Dori Caymmi, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Toninho Horta and many others by interpreting their music the way it was intended: intimate and melodic, or fiercely rhythmic.

Showcase artists will be Joshua Tazman (vocals) and James Ueijo (guitar). Tazman has been performing as a singer since age 9, when he sang at the inauguration of President Barack Obama as a member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. He appeared in six San Francisco Opera productions. Tazman and guitarist James Ueijo currently perform with the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra.

Sandy CressmanSandy Cressman began her recording career with the highly acclaimed vocal trio Pastiche, with whom she recorded three albums. She majored in vocal jazz at San Jose State University, where her newfound passion for Brazilian music inspired her to learn Portuguese. In 1992, she began a solo career and in 1996 she formed a duo with Brazilian master keyboardist Marcos Silva, formerly musical director and arranger for Flora Purim and Airto. Cressman and Silva developed an extensive repertoire, musical interplay and following in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1997, they expanded their group to a quintet, and in 1999, released “Homenagem Brasileira”, their critically acclaimed tribute to the great composers and performers of Brazilian Jazz. Sandy released her second CD of Brazilian music in 2005, entitled “Brasil-Sempre no Coração”. She has performed this repertoire around the U.S. as well as in France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

Cressman has performed at important West Coast Jazz Festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival and the San Jose Jazz Festival, as well as featured performances for radio stations KXJZ (Sacramento) and KCSM (San Francisco). For more than 20 years, she has also performed with Orquesta Candela, the Bay Area Allstar Salsa Band. Candela has performed in various national and international music venues, including the Festival Beny Moré in Havana, Cuba, in Guam, and all of the major California Jazz Festivals.

Another side of Cressman’s world music talent is her work with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra. Sandy has added her vocals to this East Indian/Jazz/Rock band since 1997 and has recorded on 5 of Jai’s CDs. 2004’s Pagan Love Orchestra release, Mondo Rama, was nominated for a Grammy in the Best World Music category.recorded numerous soundtracks and jingles, including commercials for Nescafe, Lucky’s, Isuzu, Reader’s Digest, Delta Airlines and soundtracks for the films “Mimic”(Miramax) and “Shimmer”(American Playhouse).

Sandy’s recordings of her original compositions have been featured in the recent films “Lulu on the Bridge”(with Harvey Keitel and Mira Sorvino) and “Play it to the Bone” with Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson, as well as on the TV series “Sex in the City.”

Jovino Santos Neto by Luzia Grob Dos SantosThree-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal.  He was an integral part of Pascoal’s group from 1977 to1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.

Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baiãoxoteforrómarcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.

Currently, Jovino leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, Marco Granados and many more.

Since moving to the US from his native Rio de Janeiro in 1993, Jovino Santos Neto has continued to tour the world and to record prolifically.  He has recorded multiple CDs with his Seattle-based Quinteto, including Canto do Rio, nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2004. In 2006 Adventure Music released Roda Carioca with an all-Brazilian lineup including Joyce, Hermeto Pascoal and several other notable musicians and long time colleagues, earning him a second Latin Grammy nomination. In 2007, after receiving a special commission from Brazil’s Petrobras, Jovino composed and recorded Alma do Nordeste, a musical journey translating the essence of Northeastern Brazil into melodies, rhythms and improvisations – connecting regional, universal, imaginary and real stories. In 2008 he released a piano duo with Weber Iago, Live at Caramoor, also nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2009. In 2010 Veja o Som (See the Sound) was released, a double disc collection of duos with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Joe Locke, Paquito d’Rivera, Anat Cohen, João Donato, Airto Moreira, Joyce, Paula Morelenbaum and Monica Salmaso, among others. In 2011 Adventure Music released Corrente (Current) featuring his Quinteto performing all new original music. Jovino’s latest recording is a solo piano recording, Vol. 4 of Adventure Music’s Piano Master Series

Jovino’s compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, NDR Big Band in Hamburg and by numerous jazz and chamber music groups. Jovino gives lectures, clinics and master classes worldwide on a variety of musical topics.

Jovino has received commissions by the Cheswatyr Foundation, IAJE, ASCAP, CMA/Doris Duke Foundation, Jack Straw Foundation, the City of Seattle, 4Culture, Artist Trust and Meet the Composer. He has been artist in residence at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world. In 2012 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his Quinteto won as Best Northwest Acoustic Group in the Golden Ear Awards by Earshot Jazz. He also was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship in Music in 2012.

He is currently working on writing his musical memoirs, to be published in the near future.

Since 2012, The Emerald Tablet has hosted top notch jazz evenings every second Friday under the stewardship of master trumpet player and teacher Mario Guarneri, and his organization Jazz in the Neighborhood. Please click here to see some examples of the talented musicians who have performed at The Emerald Tablet under the aegis of Jazz in the Neighborhood.

The Bay Area is home to many incredible jazz musicians who’ve devoted their lives to developing their craft and attaining the highest artistic levels. Jazz in the Neighborhood is an important step towards creating an environment where these accomplished professionals can nurture a great American art form in dignity and respect, while delighting audiences of all ages. The Emerald Tablet is proud to provide its resources, on a regular basis, to help this dream to become a reality.

This event is sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians and Jazz in the Neighborhood, a member of the Intersection for the Arts Incubator Program.

Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. To reserve, follow this Eventbrite link or call (415) 671-8867, OR e-mail reservations@jazzintheneighborhood.org.

JAZZ IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Sandy Cressman’s Homage to Brazil
Saturday February 15th 2014. 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm show.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$15 suggested donation, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
All door donations go to the musicians! Delicious complimentary food. Drinks by donation.

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