Wendy's Jazz Soiree on Thursday, Sept. 1


GUILFORD >> Wendy's next Jazz Soiree in Guilford is on Thursday evening, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with Rob Fletcher, nylon string guitar and vocals; Nancy Janoson, flute and saxophone; and Mowgli Giannitti, upright bass. $15 to $20 at the door. The evening will feature bossa nova music from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!!

Bossa nova began on the beaches of Rio in the late '50s and exploded onto the worldwide scene in the early '60s with Stan Getz and Astrud and Joao Gilberto's recording of Girl From Ipanema. A musical combination of samba and American jazz, the bossa nova (literally meaning 'new trend') incorporates youthful optimism and romance, beach culture, nature, introspection and the delight of the senses. Bossa nova's sophisticated harmonies and melodies and its introspective, relaxed rhythms continues to captivate people globally.

The group will focus on interpreting the songs of bossa nova's greatest composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim and its greatest artist, singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto. They will also perform sambas, biaos from northern Brazil, choros and jazz sambas. Singer and guitarist Rob Fletcher sings many of the songs in the original Portuguese.

Rob Fletcher performs jazz, blues and vintage pop throughout New England. An exceptional vocalist, guitarist and chromatic harmonica player, he has performed at Woodstock '94 (350,000 attendees), the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, the National Harmonica Festival (SPAH), Garden State Harmonica Festival, Buckeye Harmonica Festival, Virginia Harmonica Festival, Paradise City Arts Festival, the National Guitar Workshop and at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville.

Rob has studied Brazilian Portuguese with native Brazilian Pati Sato and has studied bossa nova guitar with Freddie Bryant. He currently studies with five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson as well as Eugene Uman, the Director of the Vermont Jazz Center. He recently studied with National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and vocalist Jay Clayton. He has previously studied with jazz guitar greats John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Mick Goodrick and Ralph Towner. Rob has a degree in jazz guitar performance from the State University of New York at New Paltz. More information on Fletcher at toasttown.com

Nancy Janoson is a well-known flutist and saxophonist in the Pioneer Valley. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and has performed throughout the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe in a multitude of venues. Currently, she is part of a classical flute trio - The Northampton Flutes, a member of a big band - The Bad News Jazz and Blues Orchestra, a member of the Florence Community Band, and a band leader of The Nancy Janoson Jazz Quartet. Nancy performs in venues such as the Loft, Galaxy, Lathrop, Amherst Historical Society, Veterans Hospital in Leeds, and many others. She has recorded two CDs.

Mowgli Giannitti primarily works as a freelance bassist in southern Vermont and the surrounding areas. Mowgli is a Vermont native, and recent composition graduate of Bennington College. Recent and current non-Jazz Bass projects include composing and directing music for Bennington College's spring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, repeating these roles for Jiyoun Chang's developing theatrical production, The Oddysey Project, and singing a supporting lead role in Kitty Brazelton's developing Opera The Art of Memory. He soon plans to travel to Cuba to immerse himself in, and study the intricacies of Latin Jazz.

For directions and information call 802-254-6189


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