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Carla Helmbrecht

Grammy-nominated singer/song-writer, Carla Helmbrecht, began her love affair with music at the age of eight. A native of Wisconsin, Carla was raised in a large music- loving family and had an inherent desire for music. It was her father who introduced her to jazz, and it was not uncommon for the entire family to spend endless evenings making music. By age 13, she was singing professionally and continued her musical studies through high school and college. Early influences included Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Shirley Horn, Nancy Wilson, and Blossom Dearie. Her dual career in music and Speech Pathology has given her a unique understanding of the balance between vocal efficiency and expression in this fragile instrument – the voice. Carla has enjoyed living in San Francisco since 1997 – performing, recording, and teaching

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Drum Maestro Akira Tana Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

Drum Maestro Akira Tana  Puts A Gorgeous Spin On The Brazilian Songbook With JAZZaNOVA

AKIRA TANA didn’t have to go looking for Brazilian music as a young musician. An elite jazz drummer since the mid-1970s, he’s been immersed in the verdant hothouse of Brazil’s surging rhythms and sensuous melodies his entire career. His new album JAZZaNOVA, which is slated for release by Vega on March 1, 2018, reflects an abiding ...

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Carla Helmbrecht: Be Cool Be Kind

Read "Be Cool Be Kind" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Once again San Francisco is home for a fine singer. Carla Helmbrecht is a summa cum laude graduate from that school of singers who believe that in order to deliver her special message, there is no need to indulge in vocal tricks, become over emotional or even overdo dynamics by major shifts between singing loud and ...


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