Archive for November, 2010

Sofia Tosello to perform at Blue Note Jazz Brunch, Nov 14

November 13, 2010 Comments Off on Sofia Tosello to perform at Blue Note Jazz Brunch, Nov 14 News

Sofia Tosello, whose re-imaginings of South American song has critics saying she heralds “the next wave in Latin American jazz,” will perform at the Blue Note Jazz Brunch on Sunday, November 14, 2010, together with an ensemble consisting of Octavio Brunetti on piano, Pedro Girado on bass, and Franco Pinna on percussion. Originally from Argentina, Sofa Tosello’s music is in the variety of Latin American cancion traditions, including tango, chacarera, bolero filin, son, zamba, bossa nova and Brazilian popular music. There are also shades of jazz scene and a bit of funk in her song stylings. Tosello prefers to see herself as a border-crosser, not bound by the logic of genre. Her soulful and sensitive approach combines the best of today’s global currents in jazz, Latin, and pop music while maintaining a profound respect for tradition – a feat seldom achieved by young artists.

Latin American Cultural Week in NYC closing celebration November 17

November 5, 2010 Comments Off on Latin American Cultural Week in NYC closing celebration November 17 News

The 5th Annual Latin American Cultural Week, which runs from November 11 to 17 in New York City, will hold their closing event celebration on Wednesday, November 17 from 7 to 10 PM, with a variety of latin-american performers including latin jazz by Pedro Giraudo Sextet. The event will be held at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street (between Delancy & Rivington). Tickets are $15 and are available online at

Zinc Bar in NYC gets a grand piano!

November 1, 2010 Comments Off on Zinc Bar in NYC gets a grand piano! News

Huge thanks to the Sauter piano company (and Peter Becker of Noble Art Pianos, representing Sauter Center East) and to Dita Sullivan, the dedicated and energetic force who made it all happen: Zinc Bar now has a beautiful grand piano!

“This is a dream come true,” said Zinc Bar’s owner, Alex Kay. “Zinc Bar has given opportunities to scores of exceptional artists who needed a place to develop their music, but without a good piano, they couldn’t go the whole distance that their talent demanded. Sauter Pianos is providing the essential element they deserve as performers, and to lift Zinc Bar to the level that it deserves as a venue, so it can continue to connect with the sophisticated audience in New York that wants to grow with new artists and new ideas. The impact of this is going to be life-changing for so many people.”

To celebrate the installation of the piano, Sauter will sponsor Dita Sullivan’s landmark performance series “New Dimensions in Latin Jazz” at Zinc Bar from November 2nd through December 2nd.  The mission of the series, according to Dita, is “to open doors onto the panorama of  music being created by a new wave of Latin American jazzistas now based here.”   Among the luminaries of latin jazz who will perform are Emilio Solla, Fernando Otero, Dafnis Prieto, Juan-Carlos Formell, Dario Boente, Osmany Paredes, Robert Rodriguez, Elio Villafranca and Pedro Giraudo.

More information in this wonderful blog post by Eliseo Cardona.