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Fernanda Cunha in Concert at Jazz Bistro in Toronto



Fernanda Cunha

Fernanda CunhaBrazilian singer Fernanda Cunha (based in Rio de janeiro), has been a regular performer in Canada since 2005. She has performed coast-to-coast-to-coast: from Vancouver Island and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (several years), to the Alianait Arts Festival in Nunavut and Jazz Yukon series; from the Edmonton International Jazz Festival to the University of Toronto and other venues. She also has presented clinics/workshops at Mohawk College in Hamilton (Ontario) with Pat Collins trio and at Camthra Secondary School in Mississauga (Ontario), and a 1 week residency performing concerts at long-term care facilities as well as in local schools (kindergarten through secondary) in Qualicum Beach (BC) as part of the Harvest of Music Festival.

WHEN: FRIDAY, MAY 17 / SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 / 9:00 TO 11:30 PM
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Fernanda Cunha + quartet: Reg Schwager on guitar, Tom Szcesniak on piano and accordion, Pat Collins on bass and Edson Ghilardi on drums.

In 2009, she explored the musical affinities between Canada and Brazil with her fourth album, appropriately entitled “Brasil Canada” featuring songwriters and musicians from both countries. It’s no secret that, although Brazil is Fernanda’s homeland and she performs at jazz festivals all over the world, Canada is her heart´s country.

Fernanda has toured in the most important jazz festivals in the world such as Wien Jazz (Austria), Jazz a Juan (France), Jazz al fin (Argentina), Borneo Jazz (Malaysia), among others. She is also member of the Latin Grammy awards since 2007 and she takes part of the Brazilian board held in Miami once a year.

In 2017 she recorded her 7th album of career, “Jobim 90” dedicated to the most important Brazilian songwriter: Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim (who would be 90 in 2017) left hundreds of wonderful tunes but Fernanda has chosen to record the songs he wrote melody and lyrics. Repertoire includes “waters of march”, “samba do avião”, “triste”, “chovendo na roseira” and others less recorded like “Angela”, “Passarim”, “Ana Luiza” and the unique “Two kites”(written in English by Jobim) and here with arrangement of the Toronto guitarist Reg Schwager.

In 2018 Fernanda produced the CD of the composer Sueli Costa, that was a live recording with her on some vocals plus another singer, Aurea Martins

In 2019 Fernanda is releasing the CD “Fernanda Cunha canta Filó Machado”. Filó is a unique brazilian songwriter with a colourful repertoire. Fernanda features her band including Ze Carlos, on guitar, Camilla Dias on piano, Berval Moraes no bass, Helbe Machado on drums and Reg Schwager (a canadian guitarrist featured on track 4).

Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

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Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall



Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

[New York] – The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance & The Town Hall Present: Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers — 75 Years Later at Town Hall. A celebration of the monumental moments when jazz met the rhythms of Cuba and changed the face of modern music forever. In 1947, legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo composed “Manteca” — one of the earliest foundational compositions of Afro-Cuban jazz and among Gillespie’s most famous recordings. In December ’47, Dizzy and Chano performed it live at the famed Town Hall in New York City. Consecutively, composer Chico O’Farrill’s masterpiece “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” brought together bandleader Machito with O’Farrill and Charlie Parker, among others. O’Farrill’s work to meld modern jazz with Cuban big band continued with his collaboration with Dizzy on “The Manteca Suite.” ALJA and Town Hall celebrate Dizzy, Chano and Chico for their groundbreaking introduction of Latin music influences in jazz.

Dizzy, Chano and Chico - The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

On January 14, 2023 at Town Hall, the continuum pushes forward 75 years later with the next generation of performers keeping Afro Cuban/Afro Latin jazz alive and well. Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and his 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra revisit the acclaimed compositions “Manteca,” “The Manteca Suite,” and  “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” as well as new compositions, arrangements and recent works with some of today’s most distinguished Latin jazz artists. Featured guests include “Superstar of Afro Cuban Percussion” Pedrito Martinez, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena, trumpeter Jon Faddis, as well as emerging talents trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo, and singer/composer Melvis Santa.

This event is part of the on-going centennial celebrations of both Chico O’Farrill and the Town Hall.

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers – 75 Years Later at Town Hall

Featuring: Pedrito Martinez, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jon Faddis, Daymé Arocena

With: Adam O’Farrill, Jacquelene Acevedo, Melvis Santa

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