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David Botello
Solo Artist, Group

In the extensive realm of musical styles and talent, David Botello is truly deemed as being an accomplished musician and song writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. David is known for his “musical voicing technique” on keyboards, guitar and bass guitar. He has decades of experience touring with numerous bands and notable recording artists. He is also credited for his studio recording sessions throughout his music career covering every genre of music.

Recent recording projects include his first CD release project entitled “Loving You: which is a compilation of classic ballads in English as well as in Spanish. Two of David’s original compositions on the CD penned by David are: “Loving You” and “Quiero Saber.” Also, his other recent recording credits include his original film music score/arrangement for an independent film/television project entitled: “The Operator” which is currently in pre-production phase.

David produced, arranged and played musical instruments on the aforementioned recording projects. His nephew Ricardo Botello was the Chief Sound Engineer on the recording projects and his brother Hector Botello co-produced the recording project and also laid down rhythm guitar tracks on some of the referenced recording projects. The “Loving You” CD was mixed and mastered by the great George Horn at Fantasy Records in Berkeley, Ca. Mr. Horn is known and credited for his decades of recording work on recording projects of highly acclaimed recording artists.

David meticulously strives to attain artistic perfection in his studio recordings as well as live performances. His primary objective at this juncture in his music career is to preserve and reintroduce to new audiences timeless and everlasting clean, romantic classic love ballads. David’s sincere wish is to reach out to audiences of all ages with his unique musical style and musical variation. We trust that you will truly enjoy and cherish this special CD of great songs that David Botello has chosen to share with all of us.

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Jesús Díaz
Instrumentalist, Vocalist

Cuban born percussionist and vocalist Jesus Diaz arrived in the United States from Habana in 1980. He quickly identified the Bay Area music scene as the grounds to establish his new home. His local and worldwide performances in collaboration with world renowned and acclaimed artists are recognized for their contributions to the richness of an ever expanding musical genre.

A multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and vocalist, Díaz has established himself as one of the most in-demand performers and studio musicians worldwide. As an educator, he has participated in several prominent clinics and workshops including Berklee College of Music, SFJAZZ, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Drummers Collective NY, and Jazz Camp West to name a few. In collaboration with his group Talking Drums, which includes fellow percussionists Michael Spiro and David Garibaldi, he has contributed to various Warner Brothers instructional books and videos.

Jesus Diaz has performed, toured or recorded with such artists as, Stevie Wonder, The Dave Mathews Band (DMB), Carlos Santana, Andy Narrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobbie Womack, Steve Coleman, Caribbean Jazz Project, Planet Drum, Talking Drums, Pete Escovedo / Sheila E, José Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Giovanni Hidalgo, Rebecca Mauleón & Round Trip, Omar Sosa, Columna “B”, John Calloway, and Conjunto Céspedes, among many others.

Jesus Diaz is endorsed by Pearl Drums and Percussion, Innovative Percussion sticks, Istanbul Cymbals, Audix Mics, and Remo Drum Heads.

 

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The Best Intentions
Group

Based in the Oakland-San Francisco bay area, ” The Best Intentions “, a performing and recording group, is comprised of five talented vocalists, a Music Director, and a 8 piece band. Their unique harmonic, soulful tones and their smooth choreography, have come to be recognized as the signature of the group. Presenting the Original Motown Classics, Old School, and R&B sound from the 60’s. 70’s, 80’son up, has come to make them a household name among the baby boomers, as well as the new generation. The 100 years of combined experience within the group, brings a breath of fresh air to the listening audience that they perform to regularly all over the Western United States and Canada. As recording artist. they often include one of their original songs in their shows, pulling from their soon to be released C.D. entitled, ” NEVER TO LATE ” . Keeping the musical legacy alive of groups like the Temptations, Spinners, O’Jays, the Dells, etc. while creating their own sound of today, has them recognized and celebrated, as one of the Premier Vocal groups, in the Western United States and Canada. They are a must see.

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“Talk about a “Show”! Californian’s love “The Best Intentions- Motown Mania!” They are an unforgettable experience of the great Motown acts of the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s. With their show band, their Motown Mania Tribute will have you on your feet, dancing to fabulous oldies!!!” Their unique style captures the true sense of what they are presenting, summed up in the following phrase: “Master Mentor Presentation. So if you want style, class and like the glamour of the Motown acts of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, the Best Intentions have become most popular in major nightclubs around the world. Like virtually all of the Motown’s top acts, The Best Intentions have sought out longevity and stability of a career built upon these principals and is captured in their live appearances. Everywhere they go, the crowds are bigger, the ticket sales are sizzling and the outpouring of affection for this “Pure Motown Revue” just gets greater and greater!” — Fox News

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CHELLE’S Juke Joint
Group, Vocalists

From Creole, jazz, funk, gospel, R&B and Zydeco, to the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians, CHELLE’S JUKE JOINT a cappella quintet, will take you on a raucous ride through this spicy, sweet and definitely intoxicating stewpot of musical “gumbo”.

New Orleans native and Oakland’s own “Queen of New Orleans music”, MICHELLE JACQUES along with distinguished vocalists, RHONDA CRANE, JAY LAMONT, TAMMI BROWN and BRYAN DYER, perform music that is vibrant and alive which will take you from Saturday night at the juke joint to worship on Sunday morning, Big Easy style!

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“Juke Joint’s music is full of energy and at the same time presented with surprising airiness that is close to none. The mélange is absolutely charming.  In other words: a cappella music at its best!”
– Romy Schmidt, Vokal Total-Festival; Munich, Germany

 

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Boca Mundial
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BOCA MUNDIAL live world jazz band – salsa bolero samba funk originals in 5 languages

BOCA MUNDIAL, the San Francisco Bay Area’s live world jazz band
Add a touch of the “flamboyantly multilingual” BocaMundial Seattle starring Alexa Weber Morales (San Jose Mercury News) to your next event with BOCA MUNDIAL starring Grammy-winning multilingual vocalist Alexa Morales!

Every BOCA MUNDIAL live band show mixes a delicious variety of international musical flavors and extras for a memorable experience.

TUNES: originals, standards, pop/funk/R&B hits
LANGUAGES: impeccable French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian or …your request?
GROOVES: energetic salsa, funk, cha cha and samba to lush ballads
BAND: 5-piece (lead singer, drummer, pianist, bassist, percussionist or horn player)
2-piece to 9-piece also available, depending on venue
EVENTS: concerts, parties, corporate events, conferences, weddings, restaurants, grand openings, exhibitions, festivals, fairs

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“Stellar” — MIX Magazine
“Soaring, sensual vocals” — SFJAZZ
“Unknown no more” — New York Times

“Her large-scale skill and talent encourages her all-inclusive dreams… Gorgeous articulation, flowing time sense and warm tone.”
— Ken Micallef, Downbeat

“Her passion for exploration suffuses her music, and whether interpreting tunes in French, Spanish, Portuguese or English, Weber Morales communicates a song’s emotional essence with an ardent, throaty alto that soars effortlessly into a crystalline soprano register.”
Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

“I find her command of Latin idioms completely convincing, entrancing even.”
Tom Hull, contributor to The Village Voice

“Beautiful and bewitching.”
— Arnaldo DeSouteiro, producer of such stars as João Gilberto, Luiz Bonfá, Yana Purim and João Donato

“With a voice sweet, pure and strong, Alexa Weber Morales is poised to ride the Bay Area Latin jazz scene to national recognition.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Morales is a mix of jazzy sweetness … and Latin brightness.”
Mary Kunz Goldman, The Buffalo News

“Very much the kind of singer you want to hear more of, more often, Morales is on the money throughout with a jazz/world date that open-eared adults will pass the word on quite easily.”
Midwest Records

 

Where have BOCA MUNDIAL entertainers performed?

the WORLD: Paris, London, Lima, Rio, Tokyo
the NATION: festivals, performing arts centers and clubs from New York City to Hollywood and everywhere in-between
the BAY: Yoshi’s, SFJAZZ, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Cafe Cocomo, Cafe ClaudeSpace 550, La Peña, The Brubeck Institute, Armando’s, The De Young Museum, The Fairmont Hotel, Grace Cathedral, Dance Mission Theater, ODC Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, California Jazz ConservatoryTreasure Island Music Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, The Presidio Officer’s Club, The Fox Theater, Freight and Salvage, plus corporate events for Cigital, Intel, American Express, Google, Apple and more

Sound system provided. Repertoire list available.


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Kat Parra
Vocalist

 

Kat Parra quit her job as a graphic designer at Cisco Systems, Inc. to pursue her passion for music and she’s never looked back. Since then the award-winning composer has released five critically acclaimed CDs, been invited to perform in Amsterdam, Brazil and Mexico as well as top-tier venues throughout the United States, earned the designation “Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2010 and 2008” by Latin Jazz Corner, and received a 2008 nomination for “Latin Jazz Album of the Year” from the Jazz Journalists Association.

“After having successfully raised two children as a single parent, I felt it was time to finally pursue my dream of being a full-time musician,” says Parra. “I came to realize I didn’t want to die wondering ‘what if…? Music has always been an integral part of my identity, but after receiving my Bachelor of Music degree I knew that as a single parent my financial circumstances would not allow me to focus all my attention on a full-time music career. As I raised my children I performed with various bands of many different genres, which allowed me to hone my vocal skills as well as my stage presence. It was an audition for Cirque Du Soleil in 2005 that made me realize the possibility of my dream. Once my youngest son was finished with college I was able to take the leap of faith and dive head first into this new adventure. Nov. 3, 2006 was my last day in corporate America and I’ve never been happier!”

In addition to singing fluently in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Parra has the rare ability to sing in the dying language of Ladino, or Judeo-Espanyol, which enables her to interpret Sephardic music (Music of the Spanish Jews) faithfully. “This is the language of the Spanish Jews, an antiquated form of Castilian that also includes words from Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish and many other languages. It is an amalgamation of the Sephardic Diaspora, and it is my small way of helping to preserve this language. It is still spoken, but in very few places and mainly by the older generations in Turkey, Israel and in homes across the globe.”

On her newest CD, SONGBOOK OF THE AMÉRICAS, Parra pays tribute to women composers from both North, Central and South America as well as original music and lyrics penned by Parra. Parra’s voice is fluid and flexible as she imbues each of the songs on the CD with her own personality and style. This is a richly textured musical journey that reflects Parra’s adventurous spirit. Drawing on a wide range of cultural influences, she creates music that is both familiar yet strikingly original.

Accompanying Parra are some of the finest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, including her long-time collaborators, Grammy-nominated trombonist Wayne Wallace and pianist Murray Low, both stalwarts of the Latin jazz scene. She is also joined by special guests that include María Márquez, a popular singer from Venezuela, Nate Pruitt, a SF Bay Area living legend, and Tuck & Patti, who join Parra on her original tune “Dare to Dream.” Parra studied voice with Patti at San José State University and considers the singer to be her musical and spiritual mentor.

Parra’s core ensemble consists of Murray Low (piano, music director); Masaru Koga (woodwinds, percussion) Aaron Germain (acoustic bass), and Dan Foltz (drums). This project also includes special guests Michael Spiro (percussion), Raúl Ramírez (cajón), Colin Douglas (drums), Marc van Wageningen (electric bass), Wayne Wallace (trombone), John Worley, Jr. (trumpet), Seth Asarnow (bandoneón), Sascha Jacobsen (acoustic bass), and Lila Sklar (violin).

Parra has leapt beyond the boundaries of the typical Latin jazz singer. With her thirst for the exploration of myriad world rhythms and tonalities, she has developed a style of music that encompasses sounds that transcend and bend the stereotypical definition of Latin jazz. She has incorporated not only Afro-Cuban music, but also Afro-Peruvian, Middle Eastern, South American folklore, and Nueva Trova. With this multi-lingual and multi-musical approach, Parra is able to captivate her audiences with exciting and vibrant World and Latin music.

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“… a moveable feast of Latin Music styles… [Her vocals are] beautifully shaped; her grasp of [the] archaic Judeo-Spanish style is remarkable.”
— Philip Van Vleck, Billboard Review

“… an exceptional world-music ambassador…” — Chris Loudon, JazzTimes

“Parra isn’t content with tried and true formulas. Since the release of her impressive 2006 debut she’s been creating an ambitious, often unexpected, repertoire.
Parra possesses a voice with personality and soul.”
— Andrew Gilbert, NPR’s “California Report” All Music

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