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june, 2017

sun04jun6:00 pmsun8:30 pmEvent OverMichelle Pollace Latin Jazz QuartetCOVER CHARGE: $15 adv. (On-Line) / $18 door.6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Cafe Pink House, 14577 Big Basin Way Saratoga, CA 95070

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(Sunday) 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Cafe Pink House

14577 Big Basin Way Saratoga, CA 95070

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Join us for a very special evening: Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz Quartet Plays “The Latin Side of McCoy Tyner”! McCoy Tyner helped forge the modal jazz sound, his trademark sound appearing on John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” and other Coltrane albums in the early 60s. Tyner has released more than 70 albums on his own. This evening’s program explores McCoy’s fascination with Latin rhythms, featuring some of his compositions and arrangements that have that Latin tinge, alongside Michelle Pollace’s original works from her critically acclaimed CD “New Beginning.”
Jimmy Biala, a world-renown percussionist, educator, and 2017 Silicon Valley Laureate, adds wonderful energy to the core trio of Michelle (piano), Sam Sotelo (drums), and Ron Sotelo (bass). The quartet is sure to serve up some joyous and spontaneous moments for this evening’s special performance!
Whether performing her own compositions or her arrangements of standards, Bay Area native Michelle Pollace [poh-LAH-chi] honors the roots of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice. Michelle’s love of melody and affinity for well-structured compositions creates a classic sound, of which critic Mark Tucker of Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange writes, “I’m highly reminded of Ahmad Jamal’s … and others’ old canons of work.” This melodic sensibility makes her music accessible to a wide audience, and McCoy Tyner’s influence is apparent in Michelle’s style.
“Pollace has a strong commanding presence on New Beginning. Like a baker, she has a way of gently whipping rhythms until they are cohesive and taut. Pollace is a daring player whose music is dramatic and alive.” —Marc Myers, JazzWax
“There’s a defined sense of structure in Pollace’s work … that makes her music both accessible and exciting. Pollace’s music overflows with a strong artistic command, an authentic connection to the source material, and an infectious sense of cool. From every angle, there’s a feeling of support and commitment to a product that shines with quality and integrity.” —Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner, Album of the Week
“Think ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ has been done to death yet? You couldn’t be more wrong, ’cause Michelle Pollace kicks off New Beginning with a version that interpolates Guaraldi and Brubeck, dancing the old standby through the county fair in a spring dress of pastel colors and high spirits. Her version even makes one wonder why no one’s tackled it in this fashion before.” —Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
 Warm regards,
Twitter: @MPollaceJazz


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