Almir Côrtes, Harvey Wainapel bring jazz, Brazilian music to The Palms

Almir Côrtes and Harvey Wainapel will join forces for an afternoon of jazz and Brazilian music at The Palms Playhouse on Sunday, Jan. 28. Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $20. Courtesy Photo

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On Sunday, Jan. 28, The Palms Playhouse will present an afternoon of jazz and Brazilian music featuring guitarist and mandolinist Almir Côrtes and saxophonist and clarinetist Harvey Wainapel. The matinée will start at 3 p.m.

A native of Bahia, Brazil, versatile multi-instrumentalist Almir Côrtes is equally at home on mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, viola caipira (Brazilian ten-stringed guitar) and the rarely-seen Bahian guitar.

His repertoire of styles is equally broad, including choro, frevo, samba, maxixe and Brazilian jazz among others.

Côrtes performs throughout the Americas and Europe with luminaries such as David Grisman, Nailor Proveta, Howard Alden, Armandinho Macedo and Mike Marshall, who has described him “a virtuoso instrumentalist who swings like mad in a variety of musical styles, and improvises with great energy and creativity.”

Saxophonist and clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has his feet firmly planted in both jazz and Brazilian music. His jazz experience has led to recording, touring and performing with the greats such as Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, Johnny Coles and Amsterdam’s Metropole Orchestra. His love for, and research into, Brazilian music has resulted in performances with Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Spok, Filo Machado and Paulo Mellinati among many others.

Wainapel joined Côrtes’ Brazil-based trio on Côrtes’ 2017 album “Trançado.”

Two of the Bay Area’s most in-demand experts in Brazilian music, electric bassist Scott Thompson and percussionist Brian Rice, will perform with Côrtes and Wainapel at The Palms.

Tickets for the Sunday, Jan. 28 show with Almir Côrtes and Harvey Wainapel at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) are $20 and are available online via The Palms’ website, at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out.

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