Adela Dalto - vocalist, composer, recording artist
The most important talent that any creative artist can have and develop is the ability to touch the heart and soul of the listeners. Having been immersed for several decades in the highest levels of creative Latin and Brazilian music, the music of Adela Dalto is a very distinctive and stirring experience. Blending sophisticated elements of this music with the most contemporary styles of American jazz, she creates a compelling fusion of sensuous fiery rhythms with sultry vocals in her Latin jazz.
Born in Texas to Mexican parents, she grew up with the influence of R&B and a growing interest in jazz. It was her late husband, Jorge Dalto, former pianist for George Benson, who encouraged her musical career. Jorge, introduced her to the subtle and exciting rhythms of Latin and Brazilian music. Adela's career has been greatly inspired by personal favorites such as Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Latin singers Graciela and Celia Cruz, as well as the Brazilians Elis Regina and Leny Andrade.
Adela has been performing in the local clubs in New York City with her band and as a special guest. She has performed alongside great Latin musicians such as Jerry Gonzalez and Hilton Ruiz. She has also performed with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove in Japan, Brazilian pianist Aloisio Aguiar in Rio and with Mauricio Smith's Latin Jazz Orchestra at The Rainbow Room in New York City. Adela toured as featured vocalist with the late Mario Bauzá's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at the Pori Jazz, North Sea Jazz, Umbria Jazz and the Montreux Jazz festivals and with Carlos Patato Valdes' Afrojazzia ensemble as they hit Europe's top nightclubs.