On Saturday, April 21, The Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) will present its last concert of the 2011-2012 season with some of the top jazz artists on the scene today. The headliner, Brazilian Duos, features vocalist Luciana Souza and the critically acclaimed guitarist Romero Lubambo performing at the Toronto Centre for the Arts,5040 Yonge Street at 7:30 pm. JPEC is the result of collaboration between business people, musicians and arts professionals who are passionate about jazz in Toronto. Officially incorporated in 2008, the concept for the Jazz Performance and Education Centre was born in 2007 when jazz aficionados Raymond and Rochelle Koskie assembled a committee of fellow enthusiasts to address the need for a full-time jazz venue in Toronto.
Students $15 (with I.D.)
Contact: For more information go to the site www.jazzcentre.ca.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Luciana Souza, daughter of poet Tereza Souza and singer, composer, guitarist Walter Santos, grew up in Säo Paulo. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston from which she received a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition. She then received a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music Souza has been nominated four times for a Grammy Award as best jazz vocalist. She has appeared and recorded with both renowned jazz musicians and composers of new music, including Danilo Perez, Hermeto Pascoal, Romero Lubambo, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, John Patitucci, Herbie Hancock, and Osvaldo Golijov. Her longstanding duo work with Lubambo has earned accolades across the globe.
Romero Lubambo is a Brazilian jazz guitar player. He unites the styles and rhythms of Brazil with his fluency in the American jazz tradition. He has established himself as a “first call” guitarist in New York, performing and recording with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, and many others He studied classic piano at a very early age. At 13, he started learning the classic guitar, studying at the Villa-Lobos Music School. At the same time he studied engineering at PUC University in Rio de Janeiro. Since 1985, he has lived in the USA and played and recorded with names as Astrud Gilberto, Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Al Jarreau, Kathleen Battle, Herbie Mann, Ivan Lins, Flora Purim e Airto, Paquito D’Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Grover Washington, Jr., Luciana Souza, Sergio Assad, Dave Douglas and Odair Assad, Leny Andrade e Cesar Camargo Mariano.
“.an evening of inspired excellence, utter musical involvement and constant willingness, even insistence, on creative chance-taking-all reason why the Souza/Lubambo performances represent a must-see and must-hear musical destination.” – Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
In line with JPEC’s regular programming, Amanda Tosoff, one of Canada’s top contemporary groups, will open the show.
Amanda Tosoff leads her quartet with Chris Gale on saxophone, Sean Cronin on bass, and Morgan Childs on drums. The group has steadily gained critical recognition since their debut album Still Life from 2006, and have performed alongside jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson, Oliver Jones, Ingrid Jensen, and Phil Dwyer. They have received several awards, including the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award and the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montréal Jazz Festival.