New CD Review: Luis Muňoz “VOZ” (Pelin Music)

By Devon Wendell Costa Rican composer and percussionist Luis Muňoz is one of the most vibrant and dedicated Latin jazz artists on the scene today. His new album VOZ is an obvious labor of love which fuses Brazilian jazz, and “crossover” pop. But there’s a refreshing purity about VOZ. Muňoz is joined by special guests:… Read More New CD Review: Luis Muňoz “VOZ” (Pelin Music)

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TEKA sings “Silent Night” with a Brazilian Twist

Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Téka Penteriche wishes everyone a joyous Christmas in the way she knows best: by getting together with guitarist Chris Judge and singing her favorite Christmas carol, backed by the irresistible rhythms of Brazil.   A joyous holiday and a happy new year to all, from Téka, Chris and all her friends at the… Read More TEKA sings “Silent Night” with a Brazilian Twist

Live Brazilian Music: Teka at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

By James M. DeFrances Bel Air, CA. Teka Penteriche’s performance at Vibrato last Sunday night had the approval of everyone in the crowd, including veteran crooner Tom Jones. The smooth sounds of the Brazilian born singer-guitarist and her New Bossa Band filled the air of Herb Alpert’s cozy and elegantly appointed club in Bel Air.… Read More Live Brazilian Music: Teka at Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.

Picks of the Week: October 15 – 19 in Los Angeles, New York City and London

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 16 – 18. (Thurs. – Sat.) Dee Dee Bridgewater. She’s a Grammy and Tony award winner, an actress, a radio star and a U.N. Ambassador. As if all that wasn’t enough, she’s also a dynamic jazz artist, a singer with a unique style and a creative imagination. She… Read More Picks of the Week: October 15 – 19 in Los Angeles, New York City and London

Live Music: Teka And The New Bossa Trio At The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge

 By Devon Wendell Hollywood, CA. Today many Bossa Nova acts just phone it in and the romantically poetic aspects of the music are lost amidst an array of overly subdued and pedestrian vocals and redundant arrangements. This was not this case with Teka and her New Bossa Trio (featuring Chris Judge on guitar and Ruben… Read More Live Music: Teka And The New Bossa Trio At The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge

More Picks of the Week: April 30 – May 4

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 29. (Tues.) Nouveau Stride. Lorraine Feather and Stephanie Trick. Singer/songwriter Feather and stride pianist Trick combine their considerable talents for an evening inspired by the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Dick Hyman. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc.  (310) 474-9400. – April 29. (Tues.) Chamber Music Society: All… Read More More Picks of the Week: April 30 – May 4