Almir Côrtes, Harvey Wainapel bring jazz, Brazilian music to The Palms for a matinee on Feb. 3

Guitarist and mandolinist Almir Côrtes and his trio and saxophonist and clarinetist Harvey Wainapel will bring jazz and Brazilian music to The Palms Playhouse on Feb. 3 as part of the club’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz series.
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Almir Côrtes (photo by Isabela Senatore) The Almir Côrtes Trio and Harvey Wainapel will bring jazz and Brazilian music to The Palms Playhouse on Feb. 3 as part of the venue’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz series. Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $22 ($18 students).

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Guitarist and mandolinist Almir Côrtes and his trio and saxophonist and clarinetist Harvey Wainapel will bring jazz and Brazilian music to The Palms Playhouse on Feb. 3 as part of the club’s Sunday Afternoon Jazz series. Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $22 ($18 with student ID). A native of Bahia, Brazil, versatile multi-instrumentalist Almir Côrtes is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, viola caipira (Brazilian ten-stringed guitar) and the rarely-seen Bahian guitar. His repertoire of styles is equally broad, and includes choro, frevo, samba, maxixe and Brazilian jazz. Côrtes performs throughout the Americas and Europe with luminaries such as David Grisman, Nailor Proveta, Howard Alden, Armandinho Macedo and Mike Marshall, who 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. According to the San Francisco Examiner, “Wainapel proves that he is amongst the most imaginative, sensitive and creative saxophonists of the post-Coltrane era.” Rio de Janeiro’s daily newspaper O Globo wrote, “Wainapel displayed incredible intimacy with the language of Brazilian music and great stage presence.” Wainapel joined Côrtes’ Brazil-based trio on Côrtes’ 2017 album “Trançado.” Two of the Bay Area’s most in-demand experts in Brazilian music, percussionist Brian Rice and electric bassist Scott Thompson, will join Côrtes and Wainapel. Rice has toured nationally and internationally with mandolinist Mike Marshall and with such top Brazilian artists as Rogerio Souza, Danilo Brito, Jovino Santos Neto, and Hamilton de Holanda. He most recently appeared at The Palms with the Berkeley Choro Ensemble and Celtic group Wake the Dead. Rice teaches at UC Davis, UC Berkeley and California Jazz Conservatory. Thompson’s performance credits include Chico Pinheiro, Marcos Silva, Omar Sosa, Toninho Horta and Jovino Santos Neto. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com, facebook.com/almircortesmusico, harvjazz.com and brian-rice.com. ]]>

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