pat bianchi

All About Jazz

Manuel Valera came to the USA  from Cuba as a saxophonist. But once in the US, Valera turned to the piano full time as a student at New York University. Beginning with his debut release in 2004, Forma Nueva, Valera established an attractive blend of Latin styles and post-bop jazz in his music with several different bands. At Dazzle on Thursday, he is in town with one of them – a trio that has Hans Glawischnig on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums.

Grammy nominated organist Pat Bianchi, continues to establish himself as one of the foremost organists on the scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity as well as his sensitivity and versatility are rivaled by few. His most recent release, “A Higher Standard” is further proof of this. When Pat is not leading his own trio, he has the honor of performing with jazz guitar icon Pat Martino and also he continues to perform with NEA Jazz Master, bebop saxophone legend Lou Donaldson.

Our final New Music Monday edition for the Summer of 2014 features 3 recordings of Brazilian jazz, curiously it's the end of Winter in Brazil. We begin with a recording we had a sneak preview of a month ago when percussionist Sammy Figueroa was returning from Brazil after recording this CD and stopped by KUVO  Talisman feature Sammy and vocalist Glaucia Nasser and an all star cast of Brazilian musicians.