Rabo de Lagartixa

From Brazil, the great choro novo group

Part jazz, part Afro-Brazilian, part European, “Choro Novo” really swings. Rabo de Lagartixa is the acclaimed group whose CD topped the charts in Brazil. Acknowledged to be one of the top ensembles of this intriguing new sound, “Rabo” features Daniela Spielmann (the blond beat-kicking sax player), with Brazil’s great virtuoso 7-string guitarist Marcello Gonçalves, the famed Beto Cazes on percussion, Jayme Vignoli on cavaquinho, extraordinary bassist Alexandre Brasil, and guest Estevão Teixeira on flute. Rabo de Lagartixa “breaks your jaw” (the title song of the CD) as they unite jazz-like passion with their inventive arrangements and the melodic beauty of the choro tradition.

Pedro Giraudo Big Band

16-piece band led by Argentine-born composer/arranger/bassist Pedro Giraudo

Lezlie Harrison

Vocalist (jazz, blues, gospel, soul, The American Songbook)

Annette St. John

vocalist (R&B, jazz, standards)

Patrick Poladian

pianist Patrick Poladian performs American jazz standards with a French touch

Vanisha Gould

Vocalist (jazz standards and originals)