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2011-08-26

7:30PM

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Newest Brazilian Jazz Sensation!

Brazilian Music Lover Special:
Limited number of 2 for 1 package price available to see both Patty Ascher's 7:30 PM show and Luisa Maita's 10 PM show.

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Patty Ascher

Featuring:
Patty Ascher - vocals
Marco Pontes - piano/musical director
Sid Vieira - double bass
Marcus Cesar - drums/percussion

As a followup to her acclaimed 2007 debut, Bacharach Bossa Club, Brazilian singer Patty Ascher brings her alluring charms to bear on a set of striking originals (co-penned with writing partner Marco Pontes) and a couple of well-chosen covers on Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba. Sung by Ascher primarily in English (two bonus tracks are delivered in her native Portuguese), with orchestrations by such respected veteran MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) artists and composer-arrangers as Pontes, Dori Caymmi, Gilson Peranzetta, Amilson Godoy and others, this spirited cross-cultural project - recorded at the famous Gravodisc studios in Sao Paolo, Brazil -- is being released Stateside by Zoho Records.

Born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Ascher grew up in a musical household. Her father Neno was part of a very successful Brazilian band from the 70s called Os Incr�veis (The Incredibles). "My father is a musician, his brother is a very popular arranger and maestro in Brazil and all my cousins play an instrument," she says. As a singer, she cites Brazilian divas Leny Andrade and Gal Costa along with American jazz divas Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington as important influences. "What they all have in common," says Ascher, "is personality. When you hear them you do know who is singing."

She also lists Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra and Al Jarreau as among her favorite male voices, though her earliest vocal influence may have come from a 1930s icon. "The first song I remember in my life was 'Ain't Mishbehavin'' with Fats Waller singing," she recalls. "I was only three years old and I loved that song. I'd wake up in the morning hearing Fats, and that always stuck with me. Then I discovered Cab Calloway's 'Minnie the Moochie' from a cartoon and I loved that as well. My father then introduced me to Louis Armstrong and I started to listen all the time to his versions of 'Dream A Little Dream of Me,' 'High Society' and 'St. James Infirmary.' I used to love that man singing just to me in my room while I was eating or taking a bath, even when I was sleeping."

Ascher's musical horizons eventually expanded to include the Beatles, American Soul and jazz. During her college years while studying for a bachelor's degree in Literature at the University of S�o Paulo, she began immersing herself in Brazilian music while harboring a dream of becoming a professional singer. She recalls her earliest onstage experiences. "My first gig was in a beautiful theater in S�o Paulo. It was a benefit concert for the Jewish Community Center. The second one I did was in Rio de Janeiro at Bar Do Tom, a bossa nova temple...a very fancy night club in Rio."

In 2006, after earning a masters degree at age 22 she encountered bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal, who invited her to record her first CD, singing Burt Bacharach songs in bossa nova style. "Meeting him was a sign to me," she says. "It was a chance to go on seriously with a career, working with a great producer and mentor. We released our project one year after our first meeting and it was a dream project. It was an incredible opportunity to sing samba and jazz together. They have a lot in common. Both were born in the 'new continent' at the same time from the same mother Africa."
In both 2009 and 2010, Patty performed at Feinstein's, the exclusive supper jazz club in the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan. She also toured with Michel Legrand in 2008 and 2009. And on Labor Day 2010, she appeared on legendary comedian Jerry Lewis' MDA Telethon, a 21 hour-long fundraising event which wass broadcast from Las Vegas to over 170 stations throughout the US.

Now poised on the brink of a big breakout, Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba should put Patty Ascher over the top in the U.S.