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Primavera Latin Jazz Band

As the story goes: While exploring fine SF Bay Area cuisine and music, I happened upon a group of SF Bay Area performers whose music won my heart, as it may yours. I would like to tell you a story about Primavera Latin Jazz Band!

Primavera has its origins in the fact that each of the members has a passion to perform traditional Afro-Cuban and Brazilian musical forms, weaving these exciting Latin grooves into their jazz improvisations. While playing in an Afro-Cuban Orchestra at La Pena Cultural Center and in Afro-Cuban performance ensembles at the Berkeley Jazz School, the band members met and formed in the Spring of 2009, hence the band name “Primavera”. Their initial intention was to perform in a benefit concert in Berkeley. Primavera Latin Jazz Band has been performing frequently around the Bay Area ever since.

Primavera Latin Jazz Band's live performances include Latin jazz standards influenced by Afro-Cuban musical traditions. two of which are: Tito Puente’s “Philadelphia Mambo and Cal Tjader’s “Leyte”. Included in the album, 'Tocando Juntos', are fresh interpretations of Latin songs that were first introduced to American audiences by the great band leaders of the 30s and 40s: “Caravan”, popularized by Duke Ellington and “Frenesi”, popularized by the Artie Shaw Orchestra. The band’s heart-felt rendition of the Latin standard “Besame Mucho” features vocalist Ana Nitmar. Listen to Jane Lenoir’s haunting flute solo on “Sea Journey”.

Primavera also pays homage to the great jazz bands of the 60s and 70s with engaging performances of Latin-influenced jazz tunes including Chick Corea’s “Sea Journey”, Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father”, Joe Henderson’s “Recorda-Me”, and “Recado Bossa Nova”, which was first recorded by Hank Mobley. This album also includes two jazz standards that the band performs with a Latin flavor: Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” and Charlie Parker’s “My Little Suede Shoes”.

The band is exploring jazz arrangements of Musica Popular Brasiliera (MPB), Brazilian popular music, and includes Tom Jobim’s “Brigas Nunca Mais.".

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