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Sandy Cressman in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle
Brazilian jazz singer Sandy Cressman has June performances scheduled in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle:

Sandy and Jeff Cressman. Sandy and Jeff Cressman June 4, 5:30-8:30 pm, Brazil Meets Big Band with Sandy Cressman performing with Electric Squeezebox Orchestra at Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus, San Francisco. Jazz vocalist Noa Levy opens the show. Tickets are $10. For more information and tickets, visit

June 9, 7:30 pm, Abbie Weisenbloom presents Sandy Cressman (voice and percussion) with Jasnam Daya Singh (piano) and Jeff Cressman (trombone). This intimate house concert in inner SE Portland will be proceeded by an optional pot-luck dinner. Tickets are a $20 donation. RSVP to for directions and to make reservations.

June 10, 7:30 pm, Sandy Cressman's Seattle CD Release Show at Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club, 2214 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA. Joining Sandy are Jovino Santos Neto (piano), Tim Carey (bass), Mark Ivester (drums), and Jeff Cressman (trombone). Tickets are $18. For more information and reservations, the phone number for Tula's is (206) 443-4221, or email Tula's at

June 11, 3:00 pm, JazzScapes presents Entre Amigos with Sandy and Jeff Cressman and the Jovino Santos Neto Trio in a house concert in West Seattle, WA. For more information and the address, email Ivy Nugent at

Sandy Cressman's website is

Badi Assad Workshop at the Chicago Choro Club, Evanston, Illinois
Badi Assad. Badi Assad Guitarist and vocalist Badi Assad will present a workshop open to all musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists) and dancers July 9, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL. The workshop is sponsored by the Chicago Choro Club. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Space is limited. For more information and reservations, visit

Chicago Choro Club's Roda de Choro in Evanston, Illinois
The Chicago Choro Club. The Chicago Choro Club The Chicago Choro Club hosts a monthly Roda de Choro (choro jam session) at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL. It's free and open to the public, and The Chicago Choro Club. musicians are invited to bring their instruments and play along.

The club also gives weekly lessons every Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am. Organizer Julie Koidin says, For non-musicians wanting to participate in playing music/choro, I highly recommend taking up pandeiro, the Brazilian percussion instrument that is played in a host of styles including choro, samba and other MPB (Brazilian popular music). We have two wonderful teachers—Heitor Garcia and Geraldo de Oliveira.

For more information about the Roda de Choro or music lessons, visit

Career News
Quaternaglia celebrates 25 years with updated website
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet. To mark the milestone, the group has entirely updated its website.

One of the goals of the new design is to be able to sustain more personalized Quaternaglia. Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet interactions with audiences, friends, admirers, and the press.

Among the features of the site is Quaternaglia 25, a series of 25 posts that recount the history of the group, from its origins in 1992 to its most recent activity. Each post is accompanied by a variety of bonus materials including photographs, scans of concert programs, historic video footage, and re-mastered tracks. The posts are found under the heading News.

In addition to the new series of posts, the website also includes Quaternaglia's updated bio, schedule, discography, photographs, videos, audio tracks, and press kit.

To receive information about Quaternaglia's concerts and releases, sign up at Quaternaglia's website is

Flávio Barba launches Jazz4Music project
Brazilian jazz guitarist and composer Flávio Barba has launched a new project called Jazz4Music. Every month, he invites different musicians playing Brazilian music, Jazz4Music. jazz and pop to make a new video of a song, recorded live. The videos are presented on the Jazz4Music youtube channel. Three recordings are already online:

Jogral (Jester) by Filó Machado, José Neto, and Djavan features Flávio Barba, João Cristal, Marinho Andreotti, and Nelton Essi. You can watch at

Milton Nascimento's Canção do Sal (Salt Song) features Flávio Barba, Giba Favery, Ary Holland, Nilton Leonard, Marcos Eiras, and Helio Ishitani. You can watch at

Heitor Villa Lobos' O Trenzinho Caipira (Little Country Train) features Flávio Barba, Michel Freidenson, Lael Medina, Marcos Eiras, and Helio Ishitani. You can watch at

To share these videos, or to subscribe to the channel, visit Flávio Barba's website is


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