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Sunday, October 30th: Argentinian Star Gabriela Anders

October 30 @ 7:00 pm 10:30 pm

Gabriela Anders was born to music amidst the grace, paradox and tradition of  Argentina. Her father is a noted jazz saxophonist, her grandfather was a classical violinist, and her grandmother a piano teacher.  Gabriela studied classical guitar and piano at the Conservatory in Buenos Aires, but her father’s jazz influence ultimately determined her musical direction.      After finishing high school, Gabriela moved to New York City to study orchestration for brass and strings with Don Sebesky. She also studied composition at Hunter College and began writing her own material. While working regularly in local jazz clubs, she started what would become a very successful career doing sessions for radio and television on the New York studio scene.       In  1998, she secured her first record deal with the major American label: Warner Brothers Jazz. Her first album on Warner Brothers, “Wanting”, elicited much praise for Anders’ musical vision and impassioned vocal style. It featured arrangements and production by George Duke, Allain Mallet, Paul Brown and Anders herself. Gabriela wrote ten of the album’s twelve tracks. Anders toured the US, Europe and Asia in support of the release. While on Warner, she also recorded with Al Jarreau, Bob James and Michael Franks. She twice performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival with George Duke’s band.      Her second record for Warner, “Gabriela”, featured an array of world-class sidemen, including Christian McBride, Amir “Questlove” Thompson and Kirk Whalum. Again, she contributed ten of the album’s twelve tracks.    Gabriela was subsequently signed as an artist with Narada/EMI and JVC Japan. The resulting records, “Last Tango In Rio” and “Bossa Beleza”, featured her own music as well as her arrangements of Brazilian standards – an idiom close to her musical heart since her early days as a student in Buenos Aires – and her contemporary versions of the classic Billy Holiday repertoire.   On Gabriela Anders’ 2017 CD, “Cool Again”, the singer / vocal orchestrator / songwriter / bandleader tracks live with an array of stellar sidemen including the guitarist Wayne Krantz and bassist Anthony Jackson. The music: funky, soulful pop-jazz, strikingly invigorated by Gabriela’s improvisational nature and spontaneous approach.


   Gabriela Anders is also the arranger and vocalist for her new ensemble and 2021 CD, “Los Dukes”: a 7-piece band featuring some of the best Latin jazz players in NYC. “Los Dukes” play the music of Duke Ellington in a wide range of iconic Latin American styles – baion, merengue, cha-cha, bolero, reggae, mambo and more. One of very few jazz vocalist/arrangers on the scene, Gabriela puts her stamp of unique creativity on this unexpected format with incendiary results. Hailed by critics (Los Angeles Times, Billboard magazine and People magazine) as ‘highly original and creative artist’, a ‘multi-talented artist who is destined to leave her mark on the jazz world’ and the ‘most promising jazz influenced artists today’.

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