Daria and Her Quartet: Strawberry Fields Forever
"Celebrating Women Musicians"
A Concert Series at Musically Minded Academy
Inspiring Musical Excellence Through Positive Role Models
Daria and Her Quartet
Listening to Daria as she wraps her silky, sensuous voice around her latest tunes is like taking a drive on a summer day, cruising with the top down as the warm breeze blows through your hair, jazz flowing from radio. It's a journey that celebrates the vast richness and musical diversity of Latin and world cultures.
â€œDaria has all the elements… Show more of the great jazz singers, complete musicality, bravery, intense commitment to you her listener, to give you her very best. And the voice? Just lovely.â€* â€“ Mark Murphy, Jazz Vocalist.
With perfect intonation, fresh interpretation and pure musicality as her trademarks, Daria carves a new path on her latest CD, "Feel the Rhythm" Her compelling vocals move easily between jazz, fusion, pop and world styles, seamlessly blending the sounds into a colorful, pulsating whole.
For this concert Daria presents:
Strawberry Fields Forever: A fusion of Jazz, Brazilian, Blues and Afro-Cuban rhythms..songs by the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, Djavan, Jobim and other tunes from the 60's/70's plus originals.
Jonathan Alford, piano Sam Bevan, Bass Jean Michel HurÃ©, guitar Michaelle Goerlitz, Percussion TBA
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Acclaimed jazz vocalist, Daria, fuses Jazz, Latin, Brazilian Rhythms and originals. A sultry and soulful singer, fresh interpretations and pure musicality are her trademarks. The release of her 2005 CD, Feel The Rhythm, co-produced by Frank Martin and Wayne Wallace, garnered critical acclaim and airplay worldwide. Daria tours with the renowned Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.
Daria has shared the stage and recorded with artists such as Joe Sample, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Bob Dorough, Abe Laboriel, Dave Grisman, Dan Hicks, Frank Martin, Wayne Wallace, Alex Acuna, Lawrence Hobgood and Abe Laboriel to name a few. She has graced the stage at the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival, Yoshi's, Pearlâ€™s, The Plush Room, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, The Vic For Jazz, Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival, Jazz In Flight and San Francisco Jazz Festival concerts, as well as international clubs in Japan, Brussels and Berlin. She has been featured on jazz radio programs worldwide. Daria received a 20 year award from Bread and Roses charitable organization, for her outstanding contributions. She is included in the book The Jazz Singers, "the top 521 jazz singers of all time", by renowned jazz writer and critic, Scott Yanow. "Daria has all the elements of the great jazz singers, complete musicality,bravery, intense commitment to you her listener, to give you her very best. And the voice? Just lovely, that's all!" - Mark Murphy, Jazz Vocalist "Five Big Shining Stars!" - The Jazz Review "Daria is the real deal." - All About Jazz "World Class. New experiences and insights beyond the ordinary" - Jesse "Chuy" Varela - Latin Beat Magazine, Sunday Datebook, SF Chronicle
Jonathan Alford started playing the piano at 5. He studied classical piano at the University of Wisconisn and privately with Julian White .Mostly self-taught, he began studying jazz at the age of 25 with Mark Levine and a few years later entered the Latin music world, learning the rudiments of the latin style with the late piano legend Carlos Federico.
Bay Area native Jonathan Alfordâ€™s latin chops were honed by 12 long years playing piano in the salsa trenches â€“ though he fondly recollects his days changing, Superman-like, from his postal workerâ€™s uniform into his gig duds. His reputation for honest, melodic and harmonically modern compositions and accompaniment has drawn a vast array of singers to him.
â€œMost piano players like soloing. I like songs,â€* he says. He combines a typical Bay Area smorgasbord of influences from classical to bluesÂ while adding a distinctive and lyrical piano voice.
Jonathan has been a regular on the SF Bay Area music scene for 20 years. He has performed and recorded with such local talents as singers Jenna Mamina, Maria Marquez, Elaine Lucia, Daria, Roberta Donnay as well as Bobby Hutcherson, Bud Shank, David SanchezÂ and others. He has played at the SF and SJ Jazz FestivalsÂ among others, as well as stints in France and Italy with various artists. As a latin pianist Jonathan has been fortunate to have shared the stage or recorded with some of the greats in latin percussion, Orestes Vilato, Armando Peraza, Francisco Aquabella, John Santos, Pete Escovedo as well as Chocolate Armenteros, the Machete Ensemble, Santana and Julius Melendez. Â
Since moving to San Francisco in 1999, Sam Bevan has established himself as one of the most versatile and creative bassists in the Bay Area. Bevan is able to canvas a large musical landscape where jazz, funk, r&b, folk and Afro-Cuban disciplines joyously intermingle.Â His sound is in response to the history of modern jazz, yet itâ€™s his composerâ€™s ear which informs his overall concept:
â€œSince I began my musical life as a pianist, including composing and arranging for pop/rock, jazz and salsa bands, I have a broad sense of the role of the bass. I am very content providing support and feel as a part of the rhythm section, as well as listening for appropriate moments to push the music into new territory. My goal is to interpret the music in interesting and creative ways, without compromising the lead melodic instrument.â€*
The foundation was laid for Bevanâ€™s career where he began classical piano lessons at the age of four.Â Samâ€™s adoption of the electric and acoustic bass followed periods playing jazz and classical piano, singing professionally and getting a Ba in French. After attending college in Salt Lake City, he now resides a few miles from where he was born in Oakland, California.
Throughout his professional life, Sam has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of artists including: David Grisman, Joe Craven, Zigaboo Modeliste, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Roswell Rudd, Kenny Washington, Mary Wilson,Â Barbara Morrison, Jacqui Naylor, Bjorkestra, Industrial Jazz Group, Mark Levine, Joe Locke, Dave Ellis, Matt Flinner, Scott Nygaard, Fito Reinoso, Orestes Vilato,Â Louie Romero & Mazacote, Jesus Diaz, Carlos Caro, Karl Perazzo, Raul Pineda, Marco Granados, Jackie Rago, The VNote Ensemble, Mamadou Sidibe, Monkâ€™s Music Trio, Loose Wig, Steve Lippia, Chelle & Friends, the Kin, New Pickle Family Circus, Stevie Coyle, Walter Strauss, Calaveras, Telepathy, Alexa Weber Morales, Nathan Clevenger Group, Ian Dogole & Hemispheres, Fil Lorenz Orchestra and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
Michaelle Goerlitz has been playing drums and percussion since she was eight years old. After attending college in the Midwest, she moved to San Francisco in 1980 to continue her studies, which have led to exploration of Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Venezuelan, Peruvian and Middle Eastern rhythms (plus American idioms jazz, R & B & funk). She was a founding member of two renowned & long-term projects, the Blazing Redheads and Wild Mango. Both groups blended many different styles which showcased Michaelle's versatile percussive skills. Some of the many instruments she proficiently plays are: congas, bongo, timbales, shekere, cajon, drumset, udu, bata, pandeiro, tamborim, repinique, zabumba, berimbau, surdo, cuica, dumbek and many other "auxiliaries", i.e. shakers, triangle, etc.Â Among the teachers she is proud and honored to have studied with are: Jorge Alabe, Carolyn Brandy, Pedro Rosales, John Santos, Michael Spiro, Elizabeth Sayre, Claudio Bebbiano, Chalo Eduardo, Eric Rangel, Celso Alberti, Mingo Lewis and Gibby Ross. Each summer she goes to California Brazil Camp to study with some of the finest percussionists from Brazil, and has also traveled to Brazil and Cuba for further studies.Â In addition to playing in groups and recording, she is also a sought-after teacher in the Bay Area. She gives private and group lessons to kids, youth and adults on a variety of instruments and styles. Since 2004, she has been the lead percussion teacher in the afterschool program at the San Francisco School, and has been teaching ongoing classes for adults in Brazilian percussion. She has the distinction of being the first female teacher at California Brazil Camp in 2004, and in 2007 was named a Rising Star in Downbeat magazine.Â Michaelle has played, recorded and toured with the following people and bands. Their styles encompass Latin jazz, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, Afro-Peruvian, Broadway, singer-songwriter, and "new" music, to name a few:Â Mark Levine, Wayne Wallace, Houston Pearson, Denise Perrier, rhiannon, Jami Sieber, Barbara Higbie, Wild Mango, Falso Baiano, the Blazing Redheads, Tret Fure, Soul Sauce, Phil Thompson, Kat Parra, the Pickpocket Ensemble, Samba Rio, Novo Tempo, Bossa 5-0, Tammy Hall, Wendy Waller, Splatter Trio, Blame Sally, Holly Near, Jennifer Berezan, Masha Campagne, John Worley, Valerie Pettiford, Mimi Fox, Fred Randolph, Venezuelan Music Project, Erika Luckett, Lichi Fuentes, Fasmania Big Band, Maria Volonte and Proyecto Lando.
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