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Album Review

Raquel Cepeda: Passion: Latin Jazz

Read "Passion: Latin Jazz" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Raquel Cepeda, prominent member of the Houston Jazz Mafia, drops her second recording, Passion: Latin Jazz, as a follow up to her exceptional debut, I'm Confessin' (Peonia Music, 2013). Her artistic growth over the last six years has been one of an increased gravity and a centering of her repertoire. She brings a completely new band to this recording, one propelled by pianist Barry Sames, bassist Thomas Helton and drummer Orlando Fuentes. Supplementing this rhythm section are percussionist Cassio Duarte, ...

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Live Review

Raquel Cepeda at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

Read "Raquel Cepeda at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


Raquel Cepeda Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston Passion CD Release Concert Houston, Texas October 19, 2019 Raquel Cepeda is vivid proof that life is nothing if not a journey. Born in Venezuela, she worked in the oil industry as a geologist before leaving the corporate world behind in 2015 to devote herself to music fulltime. But as fascinating as her backstory is, a climactic new chapter was glorious drafted on October ...

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Album Review

Raquel Cepeda: I'm Confessin'

Read "I'm Confessin'" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The Houston jazz mafia expands with vocalist Raquel Cepeda's I'm Confessin'. Cepeda joins the ranks of multi-instrumentalist Henry Darragh, singers Melissa Darragh, Tianna Hall, Jacqui Sutton and Danielle Reich, guitarist Paul Chester, trumpeter Dennis Dotson (who appears here), saxophonist Larry Slezak and (by extension), trumpeter Carol Morgan, Houston jazz mafiosi all. Cepeda adds eloquently to a merry band of musicians that harbor an amazing lack of overlap among their very individual styles. Singing is the Venezuelan-born Cepada's ...


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