Harlem Jazz Saturdays is proud to present critically-acclaimed jazz singer Eva Cortés.
Doors at 6:00PM. Set time: 7:00PM.
No music charge. Two-item minimum per person at tables. Reserve a table.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Honduran singer-songwriter, composer Eva Cortés possesses one of the most singular and compelling voices in jazz and creative music. Her music honors her roots and looks to the future with depth and passion. She sees herself as a woman of today with the advantage of growing up in a multicultural milieu and primed for the journey by a musical family of singers, instrumentalists and music teachers.
Cortés’ journey has traversed many roads: through an uncle, she was exposed to soul, funk and the music of Motown and through her grandparents, the world of opera. And when it comes to describing her music, she confesses that jazz is her mainstay. But ultimately, she creates music without borders.
Her formation began at a very early age. At the age of three, her family moved to a neighborhood in Sevilla, Spain where flamenco was part of the fabric of everyday life. According to Cortés, “Everybody sang, cooked and played the radio with the window open. It impregnates you.” She recorded her first demo tape at the age of four which led to her first album, titled “Kid’s Stuff,” where she collaborated with three renowned Spanish artists – Ana Belén, Miguel Bosé, Victor Manuel – and the band, Mocedades.
During her teens she performed with Spanish blues bands, which were all the rage. Around the same time she was exposed to the music of Billie Holliday and by extension, jazz. One of Cortes’ main influences is the Spanish flamenco singer, Camaron de Isla, who she met and performed with at the age of seventeen. She is listed in album credits, “Soy Gitano,” as a back-up singer.
In 2000, Cortés moved to Madrid, where she honed her craft and developed her singular style by observing and collaborating with Jerry Gonzalez; Pepe Rivero; Manuel Machado and Antonio Serrano, among others. Six years later, she traveled to Chile with a handful of original compositions and recorded her first album, “Sola Contigo” (Lonely with You). Shortly thereafter, she moved to Paris, where the recording was mixed and mastered. Before returning to Spain, she performed at various venues throughout “the city of lights” and the album was released under the auspices of Universal Spain in 2007.
Cortés assembled an all-star cast and recorded the highly acclaimed “Como Agua Entre Los Dedos” (Like Water through your Fingers) in 2009, which featured eight original compositions and two standards, “You Don’t Know What Love Is,’ and “La Vie En Rose.” The recording was well received and Cortés was heralded as “a star on the rise” and “a new sensation of Latin jazz”.
Her place as “one of the most interesting composers and performers of the jazz scene in Spanish” was solidified in 2010 with the release of the highly acclaimed CD “El Mar de Mi Vida” (The Sea of My Life).
“Back 2 The Source” is Cortés’ tribute to her main musical influence, Jazz. The repertoire includes standard and classic tunes from the Great American Songbook, such as “You Go to My Head,” “The Days of Wine and Roses,” “Mood Indigo” and “Body and Soul” performed in a bilingual (Spanish/English) format.
2012 saw the release of her most ambitious project, the live recording (CD/DVD), “Jazz one night with Eva Cortés in Madrid.” After touring Spain, France, Norway, the Netherlands and New York, her working band developed the kind of rapport and a camaraderie that comes from being on the road for an extended period of time. “Jazz one night …” was perhaps the most definitive portrait of Cortés’ artistry to date.
Her most recent album “In Bloom,” , a showcase for the singer/songwriter who composed eight of the eleven tunes, collaborates with special guest, bassist, Christian Mcbride and brilliantly fuses Latin American rhythms, Flamenco, Jazz and popular show tunes.