Abbey Lincoln once said of Claudia Acuña that she “sings in the tradition of the great ones. Her sound is her own.” The jazz world seems to agree: when she moved to New York from Chile, a bold move for a then unheard-of singer who made her living recording TV jingles, Acuña was quickly absorbed into the heyday of the Small’s scene, collaborating with Brad Mehldau, Avishai Cohen (the bassist), Jeff Ballard, and Jason Lindner. She signed with Verve in 1999, recorded subsequently for MAXJAZZ, and has since toured and recorded with a who’s who of American jazz musicians, including Christian McBride, Danilo Pérez, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, and George Benson.
Acuña hasn’t released an album since 2009’s En Esta Momento (Marsalis Music), but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t stayed busy. In addition to playing inspired Latin-tinged jazz with her own band, she recently collaborated with lauded composer Henry Threadgill for the Very Very Threadgill Festival. Acuña is also a mainstay at the Gallery, having performed over twenty times since 2003. Her upcoming show, which she’s titled “Canciones de Amor y Desamor,” features an ensemble of cello, bass, and drums, with Brian Blade Fellowship pianist Jon Cowherd joining the band for the second set. We’re thrilled to welcome Claudia Acuña back to the Gallery for what looks to be a standout show.
Claudia Acuña performs this Saturday, October 25th, 2014, at The Jazz Gallery. The performance will feature Acuña on vocals, Rufus Capadiocia on cello, Benjamin Willis on bass, Yayo Serka on drums, plus Jon Cowherd on piano during the second set. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m., and tickets are $22.00 ($12.00 for Members). Purchase tickets here.