Belinda Underwood: Portland Based Composer, Bassist and Vocalist Displays Depth and Maturity beyond Her Years


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One of LA's most captivating Brazilian trios will join Portland-based jazz Vocalist, Bassist and Composer, Belinda Underwood for a night of enchantment.

The nubile songstress has been wowing audiences across the nation with her vocal maturity and seemingly effortless scatting. Often described as “sultry," seductive," and “charming," Underwood's voice transports the listener through various story lines. The stories are impeccably crafted original compositions, and skillfully interpretive renditions of the classic standards. You will be convinced by her blend of precision and ability to turn a phrase that the standards must have been written with her in mind.

Underwood released her debut jazz album in 2005, entitled Underwood Uncurling. It features Airto Moreira, David Friesen, Dan Balmer and members of the band, Pink Martini. Underwood herself adds depth to the release by taking the upright bass and baritone ukulele seat for a spin on select cuts. Many of Underwood's originals are currently competing as jazz composition finalists in the Independent Music Awards and International songwriting contests. Self-produced and self-released, Underwood Uncurling is receiving radio play at over 150 stations across the US, some of which have listed her in their top ten for several months.

Don Heckman of the L.A. Times describes Underwood; “Underwood Uncurling"(Cosmik Muse Records) Underwood, who is a bassist and singer, has a fragile, youthful-sounding voice, but the emotional thrust of her vocals and the lyrical imagery of her original songs are the product of a seasoned creative mind. Her laid-back versions of standards such as “How Deep Is the Ocean," “You Don't Know What Love Is" and “There Will Never Be Another You" are intriguing examples of what a new generation of musical artists can bring to this classic material.

Join Underwood and her special guests, Sandro Rebel - piano, Paulo Gustavo - bass, and Sandro Feliciano - drums/percussion, but do not come expecting the ordinary.

Who: Belinda Underwood

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Time: 8pm to 12am

Where: Steamers Jazz Caf, 138 W. Commonwealth, Fullerton, CA 92832

Venue Phone: 714.871.8800

Tickets: Free to Public

Press Contact: Kari Gaffney, Kari-On Productions - 706.294.9996 - [email protected]

Photo's: http://www.belindaunderwood.com/Pages/press_kit.html

More about the Brazilians:

Pianist, Sandro Rebel, a graduate in “Music Synthesis" and “Contemporary Writing & Production" from Berklee College of Music, has been working with artists of a myriad of music backgrounds and styles. Rebel's resume includes such names as; Ray Brown Jr., Prince's keyboardist, Renato Neto, Salsa singer, Leslie Paula, flamenco violinists Rafael Aragn and Danielo Di Larentiis, R&Bsinger, Khaliah. Additionally, Rebel has coordinated with African singers, Maria de Barros and Amelie M'Baye, Sergio Mendes' current and former Brazilian band members Kleber Jorge, Octvio Bailly and Meia-Noite, Brazilian Duo, Snia Santos and Ana Gazolla, Jose Marino, Helcio Milito and Z Bruno.

Bassist virtuoso, Paulo Gustavo, has played with everyone from Elba Romalho to Peter Erskine to Airto Moreira. Valued for his versatility in all styles of music, Gustavo has gathered awards and acclaim for his bass solo abilities. Gustavo currently works with the Brazil Show Band, Sol de Alegria, Jacob Armen, Thorstein Kober, and as an ensemble player at LAMA.

Drummer and Percussionist, Sandro Feliciano, has collaborated with many great artists and producers all over the U.S. such as Teena Marie, George Clinton, the legendary Motown singer/songwriter Lamont Dozier, the multi Grammy Winner, producer, Al Schimdt. Additionally, his experiences include coordinating with jazz greats, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and George Duke. The gospel group L.W.C.C., Dori Caimmy and Herbie Hancock. In 2004, Feliciano won the Los Angeles Music Awards for the “Best Independent Jazz Group" of the year with the contemporary Matt Roberts Group.

Kari-On Productions P.O. Box 436, Evans, GA. 30809 tel: 706.294.9996 fax: 706.210.9453

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