Athenaeum Library concerts jazz series

Jazz at the Art Center


Claudia Villela / Vitor Gonçalves


Saturday, March 11, 2017

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM


Jazz returns to the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights for an intimate evening with a favorite Athenaeum jazz performer, the extraordinary Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela, joined by noted Brazilian pianist and accordionist Vitor Gonçalves. A Rio de Janeiro native, Villela is known as the most adventurous Brazilian singer in North America. She has collaborated with jazz giants, including Toots Thielemans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Werner, and Bela Fleck, while maintaining close ties to fellow Brazilian masters. While she is a sensuous interpreter of bossa nova standards, Villela has set herself apart with an extensive repertoire of original tunes combining jazz's harmonic vocabulary, poetic Portuguese lyrics and propulsive Afro-Brazilian rhythms. The Village Voice wrote, “She's a stunning unbelievable artist, totally at ease, completely natural and unaffected ... deeply musical.” The Boston Globe commented, “Claudia Villela is a musical conjurer, a captivating performer who rarely needs more than one song to transform unsuspecting audiences into passionate fans.” Also from Rio, pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger Vitor Gonçalves moved to New York City in 2012 after an illustrious career in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg and many others. In the United States he has garnered much acclaim and built a stellar resume via his own projects and collaborations with figures such as Anat Cohen, Vinícius Cantuária, Anthony Wilson, and Cyro Baptista.


Seating is limited, so early reservations are suggested. 


Athenaeum Art Center

(Studio at Bread & Salt)

1955 Julian Avenue

San Diego, CA 92113

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Individual Tickets:

$20 member / $25 nonmember / $10 student



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