3:00 PM, Doors at 2:30 PM
Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon jazz concert with Almir Côrtes and Harvey Wainapel! A native of Bahia, Brazil, versatile multi-instrumentalist Almir Côrtes is equally at home on mandolin, acoustic & electric guitars, viola caipira (Brazilian ten-stringed guitar) and the rarely seen Bahian guitar. His repertoire of styles is equally broad, including choro, frevo, samba, maxixe and Brazilian jazz among others, performing throughout the Americas and Europe with luminaries such as David Grisman, Nailor Proveta, Howard Alden, Armandinho Macedo, and Mike Marshall, who calls him “a virtuoso instrumentalist who swings like mad in a variety of musical styles, and improvises with great energy and creativity.”
Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has his feet firmply planted in two musical worlds. His jazz experience has led to recording, touring and performing with the greats such as Ray Charles, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, Johnny Coles and the Metropole Orchestra, to name a few. His love for, and research into, Brazilian music has resulted in performances with Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Spok, Filo Machado and Paulo Mellinati, among many others.
Joining Côrtes and Wainapel are two of the Bay Area’s most in-demand experts in Brazilian music, electric bassist Scott Thompson and percusionist Brian Rice.