Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira
Sandy Cressman, vocals; Harvey Wainapel, saxophones; Marcos Silva, keyboards;
Dave Belove, bass; Celso Alberti, drums
Monday, July 21 | 7:30 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general | $10 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
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“A singer’s singer who has graced the
work of artists like Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, and Rebeca Mauleon,
Sandy has carved a name for herself in the ‘80s with jazz vocal
group Pastiche. ‘Homenagem Brasileira’ is a cool shower
of interpretive works that showcases the warmly superb and crystalline
voice of this emerging diva.” – Latin
Vocalist Sandy Cressman exudes a deep passion for Brazilian music. With
her quintet Homenagem Brasiliera, she explores the richness and diversity
of that country’s musical tradition. While many jazz performers
endlessly recycle the same few Brazilian tunes, Homenagem Brasiliera
has a large and actively growing repertoire, from popular classics to
seldom-heard gems by composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil,
Hermeto Pascoal, and Baden Powell. Cressman was born in New York, but
felt a special kinship to the music of Brazil after hearing Ivan Lins
while at U.C. Berkeley. She immersed herself in the music, learning to
speak Portuguese fluently, and began to collaborate with Brazilian pianist
Marcos Silva, from which relationship Homenagem Brasiliera emerged. These
master musicians honor the classic sounds of Brazilian music in all its
many varieties, while adding their own creative spark. They have performed
extensively for more than nine years and have recorded two CDs.
Brasileira web site
Q&A with Sandy Cressman
What is the first recording you remember hearing
as a child?
I don’t remember the first recording but one of the first live
performances that had a big effect on me that I never forgot is a
brazilian girl at the talent show at my Junior High School singing “Mais que Nada”. That music electrified me even then.
Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
Bassist and singer Esperanza Spaulding – a great singer, great
player, fresh, exciting music.
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weren’t a jazz
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What’s the last book you’ve
“Lush Life” by Richard Price.
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead
(with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Dori Caymmi; so soulful.
What’s your favorite tune?
Impossible to choose...
What’s your favorite thing
about being a Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member?
Working with great students.
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Les 7 Lézards, Paris.
Who is your greatest musical influence?
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis Regina, Dori Caymmi, Irene Kral.
How much do you practice each week?
Not as much as I would like to!
What hobbies do you have?
When did you become interested in music, and what
circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional
I always sang, but while in college at UC Berkeley I discovered the
jazz choir and I was hooked.