Claudia Villela sings Jobim
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Claudia Villela
Brazil by the Bay

Claudia Villela Sings Jobim

w/ Special Guest Chico Pinheiro

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 19
Miner Auditorium
WedJun 19
7:30 PM

$25 | $35 | $45

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“A Brazilian-born genius with a blistering voice" (JazzTimes), the dynamic Rio-born artist Claudia Villela has developed a reputation as a singularly unique singer, pianist and composer, lending her five-octave voice to work with jazz luminaries including Kenny Werner, Michael Brecker and Toots Thielemans. She returns with an evening devoted to the music of the supreme Brazilian songsmith, Antônio Carlos Jobim.

Inspired to sing from hearing the intoxicating sounds emanating from the samba school behind her grandmother’s house, Villela began singing professionally as a teen and eventually moved to the Bay Area. A scholarship to New York’s Manhattan School of Music and studies with the legendary Sheila Jordan cemented Villela’s jazz credentials, and she returned to California as an artist on a mission to create fresh, original music born of her Brazilian upbringing and passion for jazz. She blends the ever-present samba of her native Brazil with jazz, blues, and songs from around the globe, inspiring the iconic San Francisco Chronicle critic Phil Elwood to enthuse, “Villela doesn't just sing – she actually dances with her voice on top of Brazilian beats.” She has released three scintillating albums before taking a hiatus from performing, and has been busier than ever over the last few years, making a welcome return for his special night of Jobim classics.

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Villela blends the ever-present samba of her native Brazil with jazz and blues.

The closest the jazz world is likely to ever come to a female Bobby McFerrin, the Brazilian-born genius with a blistering voice.

JazzTimes

The closest the jazz world is likely to ever come to a female Bobby McFerrin, the Brazilian-born genius with a blistering voice.

JazzTimes

Personnel

Claudia Villela vocals
Gary Meek saxophone & flute
Chico Pinheiro guitar
Jasnam Daya Singh piano
Gary Brown bass
Celso Alberti drums

Villela doesn't just sing – she actually dances with her voice on top of Brazilian beats.

San Francisco Examiner

Personnel

Claudia Villela vocals
Gary Meek saxophone & flute
Chico Pinheiro guitar
Jasnam Daya Singh piano
Gary Brown bass
Celso Alberti drums

Villela doesn't just sing – she actually dances with her voice on top of Brazilian beats.

San Francisco Examiner

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