BRAZILIAN JAZZ PROJECTS
Over the years, Maria has performed Brazilian vocals and percussion with a number of ensembles, starting with the samba band MARACUJA in Boston, led by David Rumpler in the mid-late 1990's. Since then she's woven Brazilian repertoire into groups under her own direction, including the world music duo TWIN SOULS with Haitian native Diego Jameau, quintet BLUE BRAZIL with Bob Afifi (flute), Nate Lopez (7 string guitar & bass) / Chuck Sher (bass), Pablo Rodriguez (guitar), and Jacob Harris / Kim Atkinson (percussion), and smaller ensemble work with Argentine guitarist Sebastian Link and trumpeter Hal Forman.
ABRAZU is Maria's newest Brazilian Jazz project that includes long established Sonoma County musicians: Dave MacNab (guitar), Kendrick Freeman (percussion & vocals), Bob Afifi (flute), and Gabe Case (bass & vocals), performing music that crosses over the borders of mpb, bossa, samba, funk, r&b, jazz, and afro-indian. Drawing from the songbooks of Djavan, Bebel Gilberto, Jobim, and many others, the music of ABRAZU embraces the listener with warm and compelling vocal harmonies, earthy rhythmic grooves, and transcendent solos.
With an immense amount of collective experience in jazz, r&b, classical, world, Latin, West African, and popular styles between them, Bija, MacNab, Freeman, Afifi and Case hold an extensive list of credentials. Individually, their experiences include national tours and awards, TV and radio appearances, international record contracts, recordings and performances with Grammy-Award winning artists, published compositions, and university masterclasses. Together these extraordinary five musicians form a classy ensemble, captivating hearts, minds and bodies with the alluring music of Brasil.
ABRAZU Quintet at The Hopmonk Tavern, October 25, 2015.