Vocalist Luba Mason to Embark on National Tour with All-Star Rotating Band


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Jazz Vocalist Luba Mason To Tour Krazy Love CD With All-Star Rotating Band Including Husband Ruben Blades, Jimmy Haslip, Sandro Albert, Russell Ferrante, Marco Costa and Dario Eskenazi

“A voice as big and rich as a star-filled night sky.” --Jazz Times

Los Angeles, California. Luba Mason, Jazz vocalist and wife of Latin superstar Ruben Blades, will embark on a national tour of key U.S. cities this summer including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, and more in support of her critically-acclaimed new CD, Krazy Love. Accompanying Luba on the tour will be a rotating group of stellar musicians including Blades, bassists Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) and Michael O’Brien, Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets) and Dario Eskenazi (Paquito D’Rivera) on piano, Marco Costa, JT Bates and Makaya McCraven on drums and Sandro Albert on guitar. Shows will feature music from the recently released KRAZY LOVE, and a complete list of confirmed dates is listed at the bottom of this release.

Mason has embarked on an exquisite journey of the soul with her new CD, Krazy Love. A rich musical travelogue that explores the arc of modern day relationships and infuses them with Luba’s love for the music of Brazil, Krazy Love continues the critically-acclaimed Mason’s foray into the realm of contemporary crossover jazz vocals displayed on her debut CD, “Collage.” Krazy Love has been released by Sunnyside Records.

“A powerfully emotional song interpreter (All Music Guide), Mason is blessed with “A celestial voice” (Los Angeles Times) and genuine incandescence that draws unsolicited attraction when she enters a room. It’s not simply the tall blonde’s Slovak beauty, but her electrifying musical blending of Latin and Jazz rhythms mixed with the raw emotionality of folk and pop.

On her most recent CD, Krazy Love, Luba executes a “cool, Brazilian mood” with an intimate acoustic sound. Enhanced by well-known Brazilian musician Renato Neto on piano & keyboards (also pianist for the legendary musician, Prince), Luba is joined by top-notch bassist Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), percussionist Cassio Duarte, Sandro Albert on guitar and Marco Costa on drums, with guest performances by the world renowned Hubert Laws as well as her husband, Latin great Ruben Blades. In addition to co-producing the album, Luba’s blossoming writing talents are premiered in 8 original songs alongside two covers, creating a distinctive yet personal sound and style to this unique blend of melodies.

From the title track, “Krazy Love,” which sets the tone for the CD to Luba’s childhood memories of growing up in her parent’s home on “This House”; from the flirtatious vibes of romance on the duet (with Ruben) “And It Is with You I Go” to the feelings of betrayal on the songs “From Me To You” and “A Summer Night”; from the fantasies expressed on “Lovely” to the celebratory mode of “Christmas In July,” Luba’s CD is a personal and heartfelt exploration of love in all its various stages.

A native New Yorker and first generation American, Luba spent her early youth devoted to training in classical voice, piano and dance. The training paid off with her early acceptance to Circle in the Square Theatre School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, straight out of school, Luba was plucked by Tommy Tune to sing and dance on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning, “THE WILL ROGER’S FOLLIES.

She went on to impress director Trevor Nunn, who cast her in the American premiere of “SUNSET BLVD,” but it was director/impresario Des McAnuff who placed Luba front and center as sex bomb Hedy LaRue next to Matthew Broderick’s J. Pierpont Finch in the celebrated Broadway revival of “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS…” A featured role in Paul Simon’s “THE CAPEMAN” preceded Luba’s return to center stage as she starred in the Broadway production of “JEKYLL & HYDE” and then, as Velma Kelly opposite Brooke Shields’ Roxy Hart in the smash musical, “CHICAGO”.

Tapped by Ruben Blades (her cast mate in “THE CAPEMAN”) as a guest vocalist for his 2003 Grammy Award-winning CD MUNDO, Luba’s seamless segue from the New York stage to the Hollywood scene gave her the chance to tackle dramatic roles in guest-starring parts on LAW & ORDER, NYPD BLUE, and NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, and most recently opposite Jeff Goldblum in the psychic detective series, RAINES.

No stranger to the nightclub circuit, Luba has performed sold-out shows at LA’s famed CATALINA BAR & GRILL, VIBRATO and the CINEGRILL. Back in New York, Luba has headlined at BIRDLAND and THE METROPOLITAN ROOM; at YOSHI’S in Oakland, and has been featured at THE PANAMA JAZZ FESTIVAL.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

June 3, Minneapolis, Dakota Jazz Club

June 5, Chicago/The Hoover-Leppen Theatre

July 7, Oakland, Yoshi’s

July 8 & 9, Los Angeles, Catalina’s

July 13, New York City, Blue Note

July 14, Washington D.C., Blues Alley

July 15, Philadelphia, World Cafe

July 16, Boston, Regattabar

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