Summer Solstice Show with WPKN: Sambeleza!

“Summer Solstice Samba”   June 21


 Photo credit Monica Schwarz Baer

Celebrate the Summer Solstice and get your body swaying to fascinating rhythms with an evening of samba played by Sambeleza, the premiere performers of Brazilian-inspired jazz in this region. This lively music, with its soaring melodies and colorful harmonies, will provide the perfect way for you to ease your way into the heat of the season. The final installment of “Voices Café” 2013-2014 Season will be in association with WPKN Radio, 89.5 FM and, the “Real Alternative”. This exploration of the lively and sweet music of Brazil perfectly exemplifies the soul of a great nation well known for its rich heritage – a blend of indigenous, African and European cultures.

The musicians of Sambeleza ( are outstanding U. S. and Brazilian interpreters of the great songs of these traditions, as well as outstanding jazz artists in their own right.  Joe Carter on guitar and Jeff Fuller on bass have been creatively exploring the two worlds for many years, and the relatively younger Isabella Mendes, a native of São Paulo on keyboards and vocals, lends her soulful voice and fiery piano skills to the group’s appeal. They will be joined for this performance by two outstanding native Brazilian musicians, Zé Mauricio on percussion,  and Adriano Santos on drums, as well special guest Ali Ryerson on flute, who is consistently voted among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll.

Swing in the summer with this celebration of life and rhythm, brought to you by WPKN, the region’s best-kept secret at 89.5 on the FM dial and streaming live on the internet at . A listener-supported, non-profit station serving Southern CT and Suffolk County in Long Island for over 50 years, WPKN presents an alternative to the sameness of the rest of the FM band, presenting music, spoken word and commentary that broadens your mind and ears.