Brazil 2018 coming to Performing Arts Center

Brazil 2018 will be featured at the Alhambra Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 20.


Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC), under the direction of Chef/Artistic Director Bill Yee, presents the exciting Brazil 2018 in a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra.

Award winning Le Cordon Bleu Chef Yee is also the owner of Alhambra Culinary School, and his chefs will prepare refreshments for the audience during the intermission, when there will be a free-will offering to support the artists. The next Intro to Culinary Class, which includes a full chef uniform, knife set, cooking equipment, and more, will be Saturday, May 26. There is space for up to 12 students. E-mail Chef Yee for reservations at bizwind@yahoo.com.

Music of every kind is heard in Brazil. Some of it is strictly regional, but much of it can be heard in several regions of the country. Some musical styles include samba, axe, MPB, choro, forro, frevo, bossa nova, brega, afoxe, and maracatu, to name a few. Classical music and operatic music also have a place in Brazil music, especially in the larger cities. Brazil 2018, under the leadership of Murray Middleman, will perform songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, such as Girl from Ipanema and Wave, which was popularized in America by legendary Stan Getz and many other artists. Audience members may feel the urge to samba in the aisles.

Mr. Middleman is a world-class saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and jazz artist and is a product of a musical family. He worked in the jazz scene with many leading stars of jazz, including Buddy Rich, Al Grey, and Jimmy Forest from the Count Basie Orchestra. He also performed with jazz organists Shirley Scott and Don Patterson, along with drummer Bobby Durham, who was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio. Mr. Middleman’s fusion Band Free Flight was invited to perform a live concert in Philadelphia for John Lennon of the Beatles. He also toured with Philly soul singer Teddy Pendergrass.

Mr. Middleman relocated to Pasadena in 1982, where he performed with the music icons Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. He has toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and was part of a Los Angeles Brazilian band, Mariza, with Marietta Waters (member of Sergio Mendez band). In 1984, he founded his music event company, Park Avenue West Entertainment, in Los Angeles. He was appointed the music coordinator for Glendale’s Brand Library Chamber Music Concert Series, where he created a concert series and performed three master concerts. Herecorded his first debut CD project entitled With Love to The Legends featuring his exciting saxophone and clarinet jazz performances, along with 30 of Los Angeles’ best studio and jazz musicians. His second CD is an original collection of his compositions played in a contemporary jazz setting. The CD is called Love Songs for The Galaxy and features Bill Cantos, Rique Pantoja.

Multi-instrumentalist, award-winning composer, vocalist, and producer Stephan Oberhoff enjoys a successful and multi-faceted career in Los Angeles. He is a frequent collaborator with internationally acclaimed artists such as Brenda Russell, Burt Bacharach, Melissa Manchester, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil and numerous other iconic artists. Before his move to the U.S., he garnered the coveted "Golden Lion" Award marking the No.1 position of a high-ranking nationwide commercial success for Bahlsen Co. He also created (with the brilliant lyricist Evkathrin Pahnke) one of the longest running TV and radio commercials in the history of European TV and radio media: "Merci Dass Es Dich Gibt" (Merci That There Is You) which was, during its long run, chosen to be released as a single recording under his name, featuring his extraordinary abilities as a vocalist and composer. After returning from an extended sabbatical in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Mr. Oberhoff has spent a lot of time in various studios in L.A. in co-production with Quincy Jones in the quest of completing a ground-breaking pop album for Jason Gould (son of Barbra Streisand). His recently released Brazilian CD, Applauding the Sunset, emphasizes the compositional and instrumental skill and refined production background he uses to showcase his extraordinary keyboard and guitar performances, which have been amply "road-tested," performing live with Melissa Manchester, Brenda Russell, Jeffrey Osborne, Doc Powell, Everette Harp, and many otherj and R&B greats, as well as the stellar album Paris Rain, co-produced by Brenda Russell and Mr. Oberhoff.

Mike Shapiro, drums, began studying with Charles Perry at 8 years old. Through the years, he studied with various musicians, including David Garibaldi, Michael Carvin, Saul Goodman, Roland Kohloff, Morris Lang, and Buster Bailey. He has a degree from The Juilliard School. Some of the artists he has worked with include 50 Shades the Musical, Todd Rundgren, Marcellus Hall, Forever Dusty The Musical, John Hall, Richard Julian, Genya Raven, Dakota Staton, Evidence, Wynton Marsalis, Zubin Mehta, and Pierre Boulez. He has played venues from C.B.G.B.'S to Carnegie Hall in the U.S. and Europe.

Larry Steen's accomplishments include two award-winning, world jazz releases First Move and View From Afar (LarrySteen.com) - solo projects that feature Ernie Watts, Dave Weckl, Robben Ford, and Russell Ferrante. He has also recorded on a plethora of other artists' albums, as well as for film, TV, and radio, including the nationally syndicated radio show, Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He has performed with world-renowned artists Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Barry Manilow, Melissa Manchester, and Jimmy Buffet, among others, and currently co-leads Sip of Soul (sipofsoul.com), a soul-R&B project with his wife, vocalist Nikki Steen.

Karina Corradini is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she began singing professionally at the age of 18, leading her own jazz sextet. She has played with many prominent jazz musicians of Argentina. Her repertoire was based mostly in jazz standards and Brazilian jazz. She has performed in some of the more prestigious jazz clubs and theaters of Buenos Aires for more than 15 years. She toured to Southern Brazil on two occasions, performing Brazilian music with her own quintet in bars and clubs in the main area of Camboriu and in Florianopolis having great success in 1994 and 1995. In 1999, she relocated to Los Angeles to study music and English. She played with a rhythm and blues band U.S. for the first year, performing in venues such as Taix French restaurant, Encounter at LAX and Fais Do Do, to name a few. Karina then moved on to play with her own jazz group in various restaurants and jazz clubs.

For more information, contact Mr. Yee at 626-230-5435, or e-mail bizwind@yahoo.com.

Next free concerts:

June 24 -Flamenco Night with Juan Talavera

July 22 - Russian Jazz Pianist Sabine

Aug 19 - Dali Ensemble

Sep 16 - Grace Chung - Classical to Broadway

Oct 20 - Flamenco Alhambra with Inesita

Nov 18 - Iridas - Jazz to Classical

Dec 9 - Dickens Christmas Carol Singalong

Jan 20 - BeatleMania Singalong with Bob Schuster and the BeatleManiacs


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