Fall Jazz Series: Gabriela Anders & Los DukesNovember 02, 2018
Gabriela Anders was born to music in Argentina.
Her father is a noted jazz saxophonist and arranger, her grandfather was a classical violinist, her grandmother a piano teacher. Gabriela studied classical guitar and piano at the Conservatory in Buenos Aires, but her father’s jazz influence became even stronger than her classical studies and led her to New York City to study at Hunter College.
There, Gabriela landed a deal with the American label, Warner Brothers Jazz in 1999. Her first album for them, “Wanting”, elicited much praise for Anders’ musical vision and impassioned vocal style. It featured arrangements and production by George Duke, Paul Brown, Allain Mallet and Anders herself. Gabriela wrote or co-wrote ten of the album’s twelve tracks and toured the US, Europe and Asia in support of the release. Her unique marriage of Brazilian, Latin and Jazz led to Vogue and People Magazine describing Anders and her music as “exotic and bold”, “wonderfully soulful”, and “one of the most distinctive new voices to hit the music scene in years”.
Gabriela Anders is also the director, arranger and vocalist for her new ensemble, "Los Dukes": an 8-piece band featuring some of the best Latin jazz players in NYC. "Los Dukes" play the music of Duke Ellington in a wide range of iconic Latin American styles - baion, merengue, cha-cha, bolero, reggae, mambo and more. One of very few jazz vocalist/arrangers on the scene, Gabriela puts her stamp of unique creativity on this unexpected format with incendiary results.
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