The New York Brazilian Jazz Funk Project
Laura Dreyer • Composer, arranger, saxophonist, & flautist
Klaus Mueller • Piano
Itaiguara • Electric Bass
special guest artist, Portinho • Drums
PLUS • Special guest artists TBA.
May 27th, 2010 - 8PM at Church Street School for Music and Art
74 Warren St. New York, NY 10007 (bet. West Broadway & Greenwich)
The New York Brazilian Jazz Funk Project was created by New York based saxophonist and composer Laura Dreyer. Laura has been performing Brazilian Jazz both as a leader and a side person for over 20 years and has worked with Dom Salvador, Helcio Milito, Leny Andrade, Portinho, to name a few, as well as many well known jazz artists. The band features New York's top Brazilian Jazz musicians including famed drummer Portinho, pianist Klaus Mueller, Itaiguara, and many others. Historically, Americans fell in love with Brazilian Music the same way Brazilians fell in love with American Jazz and Funk. This multi-cultural musical love affair has resulted in some stellar instrumental Brazilian Jazz Funk bands, most notably Banda Black Rio, a Rio de Janeiro based group that was formed in 1976, Azymuth, which is three-piece electric funk jazz group, also from Rio de Janeiro which formed in 1972, and Opa, a Uruguayan group which was formed in the 1970s by Hugo & George Fattoruso. Many of the most popular Brazilian songwriters and performers also embraced this funky interpretation of Samba, Baião, and a myriad of other Brazilian rhythmic influences. These performers include Jorge Ben, Dom Salvador, Gilberto Gil, Deodato, João Bosco, and American jazz artists George Duke, Chick Corea, and Bill Summers, to name a few. The New York Brazilian Jazz Funk Project pays homage to this exciting music genre by performing the classics of Brazilian Jazz Funk, along with funky, fresh original compositions and arrangements that will be sure to make you want to groove and will restore your soul in these ever-changing times.