8/20/2012 8:05:00 AM 'Beleza' Brazilian Jazz at Sound Bites with Susannah Martin
Susannah Martin presents her five-piece band “Beleza” at Sound Bites Grill on Friday, Aug., 24, 8-11 p.m. Making up the rest of the band are recording artist/guitarist/vocalist, Patrick Ki, Jim Hargis on keyboards, the dynamic (and part-Brazilian) drummer/percussionist/vocalist, Porangui McGrew and multi-talented bassist, Daren Burns.
Sedona & San Diego jazz, latin & contemporary vocalist, Susannah Martin presents her five-piece band "Beleza" at Sound Bites Grill on Friday, Aug., 24, 8-11 p.m. for a sultry evening of highly danceable Latin grooves.
"Beleza," which means 'beauty' in Portuguese, plays breezy Brazilian bossa novas and fiery sambas, as well as boleros and other latin styles, sung in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Making up the rest of the band are recording artist/guitarist/vocalist, Patrick Ki, Jim Hargis on keyboards, the dynamic (and part-Brazilian) drummer/percussionist/vocalist, Porangui McGrew and multi-talented bassist, Daren Burns.
Martin is known regionally for her masterful vocal stylings in jazz, Brazilian and pop genres. "My love affair with Brazilian jazz started 15 years ago, when I first heard it sung in its original language," she explains.
Hailing from the West Coast where her 20-plus year career was launched, Susannah Martin has sung in numerous bands in Arizona, California, Oregon, Kentucky and on cruise ships. Based in Sedona for the past seven years, Susannah performs regularly with several bands at concerts, clubs and private events. She is described as "...the consummate performer, as talented as she is beautiful ... a true delight to behold," from the Tucson Jazz Society.
Patrick Ki is a formally trained classical and jazz guitarist with two guitar degrees and an extensive history of live playing, composing and teaching. His love of Brazilian guitar styles shines through in his fine rhythm and harmony. He's known nationally as a recording artist with a lyrical-based sound influenced by his Hawaiian island upbringing.
Reared among the three cultures of Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., percussionist, Porangui McGrew was steeped in various traditional forms of music, healing and ceremony since birth.
Drawing from his cross-cultural background and ethnomusicology training at Duke University, Porangui has over twelve years of international work experience as an artist, educator, filmmaker, consultant and therapist. He's widely known and loved in the region for his expertise at Brazilian drumming, percussion and song as well as his positive, energetic delivery. "I'm always thrilled to have a chance to do Brazilian music with Porangui. He's such a gifted musician with an uplifting presence," said Martin.
Jim Hargis, on keys, and Daren Burns, on bass, round out the rhythm section. The multi-faceted and well-schooled keyboardist, Jim Hargis is a long-time Sedona resident. He complements masterfully with his smooth, jazz-influenced playing and tasty keyboard sounds.
Burns, co-director of music at the Verde Valley School, lays down a solid, melodic bass to propel the band.
Sound Bites Grill is located in the Hyatt Pinon Pointe shopping center in Uptown Sedona, off of Hwy 89A. www.SoundBitesGrill.com