2010 Festival At A Glance
June 16   An Evening with Dick Hyman
June 25   A Night of Brazilian Jazz!
Luciana Souza/Romero Lubambo; plus Alegritude
June 26   A History of African Rhythms & Jazz
June 26   Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio
June 27   Freddy Cole Quartet
July 2   The Music of Billy Strayhorn
July 3   Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel & Friends
July 3   Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
July 9   Fred Hersch: Jobim and More
July 10   Early Bird Latin Jazz for Kids: John Santos Sextet
July 10   Tuck & Patti
July 11   Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady of Song
July 16   Mose Allison Trio
July 17   Claudia Villela Band
July 18   John Santos Sextet
July 19   Khalil Shaheed & the Mo'Rockin Project
July 20   Gerald Clayton Trio
July 21   Kristen Strom Quintet
July 22   The Music of Dave Brubeck Presented by Victor Lin
July 24   Giants of Jazz: Charles McPherson, Junior Mance & Tootie Heath
July 25   Ruth Davies' Blues Night with Special Guest Keb' Mo'
July 26   Dena DeRose Trio
July 27   Junior Mance Trio
July 28   100 Years of Django with Julian Lage, Victor Lin & Jorge Roeder
July 29   Visions: The Stevie Wonder Songbook
July 31   Rebecca Martin featuring Larry Grenadier, Steve Cardenas & Larry Goldings
Aug 1   Dave Douglas Quintet Plus
Aug 2   George Cables Trio
Aug 3   Nicholas Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio
Aug 4   Joshua Redman Trio
Aug 6   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 7   Taylor Eigsti Group featuring Becca Stevens
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Claudia Villela Band

Claudia Villela Band

Claudia Villela, vocals/piano/guitar; Ricardo Peixoto, guitar; Jeff Buenz, bass/guitar; Celso Alberti, drums/percussion

Saturday, July 17 | 8 PM | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $32 general | $18 students

Inside Jazz: Brazilian Vocalese
Speaker: Claudia Villela, 7 pm (free with concert ticket)

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Vocalist Claudia Villela's musical journey began in Rio de Janeiro. As a young girl, she absorbed the diverse musical culture that surrounded her, from the songs her parents sang at home to the late-night sounds of the local samba school that drifted through her bedroom window.

A graduate of the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, she arrived in California in 1984, and sang with the Stanford University Chorus and De Anza College Jazz Singers. Villela then received a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Sheila Jordan, and later attended Cabrillo College taught by Bay Area composer/educator Ray Brown.

Her astonishing five-octave vocal range, her distinctive songwriting, and especially her flair for risk-taking improvisation have made her one of the most celebrated performers in the Bay Area, described by the late Phil Elwood as a singer who "dances with her voice on top of Brazilian Beats." Although she composes music, Villela says she feels "more human, more magical and more connected in an improvised setting." Dreamtales, her 2005 album of improvised duets with pianist Kenny Werner, "should come with a warning: Alert! Your senses are about to be brilliantly arrested" (JazzTimes).

Guitarist Ricardo Peixoto grew up in the same neighborhood as Villela, but the two met for the first time in the Bay Area. Their 2004 album Inverse Universe is "vividly different and exciting at every turn," according to DownBeat. Peixoto is a multi-instrumentalist and an accomplished composer with influences ranging from Heitor Villa-Lobos to Miles Davis. He's also a brilliant improviser, whose versatility and creativity complement Villela's. Together with the rest of her band, Villela and Peixoto create what musician Michael Brecker describes as "exotically beautiful and moving music."


Claudia Villela – "Inverse Universe"

Claudia Villela – "Ima"

Claudia Villela – "Brazil Com S"


Claudia Villela performing in Monterey, 2009

Claudia Villela performing at Yoshi's, 2008

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