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Raquel Cepeda

Based in Houston, Raquel Cepeda is originally from Venezuela. She has recorded two CDs, "Juegos de Playa" and her solo CD "I'm Confessin’”, and has participated in projects with other artists including the CD “The Fountainhead” byAmerican trumpet player Kenneth Easton (2014) and "Vogue Samba Jazz" by Brazilian pianist Marvio Ciribelli (releasing in summer 2016). Raquel was the winner of the first place of the “Ucevista Voice Festival” in Venezuela in 1995, writes her own original compositions, and has sang with important figures in jazz including legendary American jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis.

Passion: Latin Jazz

Label: Raquel Cepeda Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Caravan; Moliendo Cafe; Berimbau; From Afar; Mil Congojas; Lloraras; Dentro dos Olhos Seus; Little Gem; Easy to Love; Lux De Luna; Canto De Osshnha; Your Return; It Don’t Mean a Thing/Quimbara.

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I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys

Read "I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week's broadcast includes new releases from Danish sax/flute/clarinetist Sarah Elgeti, flutist Elsa Nilsson, vocalists Lizzie Thomas and Chanda Rule, pianists Lynne Arriale and Carla Bley plus the Kenny Barron / Dave Holland Trio with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway (sister of Cab Calloway, pictured), Dena DeRose, Sharel Cassity, Marsha Heydt, Kenny Rankin and Melissa ...

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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 ...

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Jazz Goes to the Movies and Valentine's Day Singles

Read "Jazz Goes to the Movies and Valentine's Day Singles" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we feature new releases from The Coachella Valley Trio, trumpeter Rachel Therrien, pianists Lisa Hilton and Carol Albert, vocalists Robin McKelle, Kaylé Brecher, and Raquel Cepeda, plus Valentine's Day singles from Sue Maskaleris and Cynthia Scott, with birthday shout outs to Carole King, Michika Fukumori and Carmen Staaf, among others. There are also plenty ...

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Henry Darragh: Too Much Monday

Read "Too Much Monday" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My introduction to Houston Jazz came with the receipt of Jacqui Sutton's Billie & Dolly (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions, 2010). A few short months later, I received Henry Darragh's Tell Her for Me (Self Produced, 2011). When I compared the musical personnel for each of these recordings, a light came on in my pea brain alerting ...

I'm Confessin'

Label: Peonia Music
Released: 2013
Track listing: East of the Sun; Besame Mucho; Chega de Saudade; These Foolish Things; Tonada de Luna Llena; Somos Novios; I Don't Know Enough About You; Dream a Little Dream of Me; How Deep Is the Ocean; Me Flechaste el Corazon; What Is This Thing Called Love; I'm Confessin' (That I Love You); Corcovado/Estate.

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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 ...


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