Christmas/Holiday songs with a Latin twist? You bet! Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz serves up familiar melodies -- rock, jazz, and more -- set to alluring Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms, plus plays traditional Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Latin Jazz repertoire. Song selection is tailored to your event's needs. Michelle's offerings scale from solo piano to full 6-piece band (piano, bass, drums, percussion, horns); her sound matched to your desired budget, space, and energy! The band plays a variety of venues, from quieter restaurant environments to the vibrant stages of outdoor festivals. Her CD "New Beginning" earned favorable international press and airplay on around 200 radio stations.
I have known Michelle for over 5 years. She is lovely, warm, and easy to talk to. Her personality comes out in her music as she puts her audience in a great mood. She will add class to any any function and I have no doubt very professional. As a working mom my nights "off" are few. I recently spent a girls' night out eating dinner and enjoying Michelle's music with friends in downtown Campbell. Couldn't have enjoyed my night more.
As a musician and performer myself, I have looked up to Michelle for many years. I have not only had the opportunity to take some piano lessons from her, but I've also attended some of her performances and got inspired by those as well. Michelle has a way of connecting with other humans in the most palpable of ways. She is genuine in all her interactions, whether it be with her students, her musicians, the venues she works with, or her fan base. She is professional, flexible, and her piano playing is simply a delight! She has taught me a lot about the importance of coming to a gig prepared and to always handle any of the live shows' surprises with the utmost professionalism. I highly recommend Michelle for any of your Latin Jazz events!
-Nehal of Sweet HayaH
I've had the pleasure of hiring Michelle for a couple different events. She is phenomenal. As a musician, she is superb, and finds equally amazing players to join her (and the music is the most important thing, no?). She is also extremely professional: on-time, matches her volume and the environment, courteous, etc.
Michelle will elevate the atmosphere wherever she plays.
I've seen Michelle at several venues with different setups (solo, duo, trio) and she always puts on a great show. She's an amazing musician, but she also knows how to pick her accompanists to perfectly complement her performance. Hire her for any occasion; you won't regret it!
I saw Michelle Pollace perform as part of a trio at a wine bar in San Jose. My husband and I both enjoyed the show and were impressed by the variety of songs and the quality of the performance. Michelle's arrangements of jazz standards in a Latin style are very appealing to a wide audience.
Michelle and her Latin Jazz Trio, are the ideal group for classy parties both large and small. Michelle keeps it lively and delivers jazzy original and classical jams, created with a unique flair. I personally experienced the Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz Trio, at a wine bar in downtown Campbell last December. A consummate professional, with style always her own, Michelle's Trio is easy to listen to, and easy to converse around... I recommend Michelle and her talents for your next affair.
Price Range: solo: $100/hr,$250 min. Band: varies by size
Gig Length: 45 - 240 minutes
Whether performing her own compositions or her arrangements of standards, Bay Area native Michelle Pollace [poh-LAH-chi] honors the roots of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice. Her latest CD, New Beginning, has garnered favorable press as well as airplay on around 200 satellite, public, and college radio stations, plus made the “most added releases” list in JazzWeek.
The Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz band plays a variety of venues, from the quieter restaurant environments to the vibrant stages of outdoor festivals. Michelle draws on top-drawer Bay Area talent to meet the energy and budget for any event!
Her CD New Beginning features an all-star lineup—producer Rebeca Mauleon, a recognized Latin-music expert and renown pianist and educator; David Belove on bass; Phil Hawkins on drums; Carlos Caro on Cuban percussion; Michaelle Goerlitz on Brazilian percussion; and saxophonist Kristen Strom as guest soloist. Michelle’s love of melody and affinity for well-structured compositions creates a classic sound, of which critic Mark Tucker of Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange writes, “I’m highly reminded of Ahmad Jamal’s ... and others’ old canons of work.” This melodic sensibility makes her music accessible to a wide audience.
Prior to launching her own band, Michelle co-led Zarate Pollace Project (ZPP) with guitarist Abel Zarate (hit songwriter for Malo and Willie Bobo). ZPP enlisted the musical contributions of many Bay Area luminaries, including John Santos, Paul Van Wageningen, Michael Spiro, and others to realize its musical blend of jazz, fusion, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban styles both live and on the CD Soul Redemption. Michelle’s diverse performance and recording credits also include orchestra member in Lou Harrison’s internationally renowned Gamelan Si Betty, keyboardist for Chepito Areas (Santana’s original percussionist and arranger), chorus member in a Gilbert & Sullivan theater company, bassist for a grunge band, and more.
LATIN JAZZ BAND (a sampling):
A Night in Tunisia
Girl from Ipanema
One for Dea
One Note Samba
Oye Como VaPoinciana
Song for My Father
Somewhere, Over the Rainbow
Stella By Starlight
Still Haven’t Found (What I'm Looking For), U2
Tea in the Sahara, The Police
You Are Sunshine of My Life
SOLO PIANO (a sampling):
A Foggy Day
A Night in Tunisia
All Of Me
All of You
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Fly Me to the Moonl
Let’s Fall in Love
Mercy Mercy Mercy
My Favorite Things
One Note Samba
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Song For My Father
Stella By Starlight
The Girl From Ipanema
Well, You Needn’t
Don’t Know Why
Here Comes the Sun
Isn’t She Lovely
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer/Benefit of Mr. Kite
People Get Ready
Steppin’ Out (Joe Jackson)
Still Haven’t Found
Sunshine of My Life
Influences & Inspiration
McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdes, Return to Forever, Michel Camilo, Irakere, Santana, Sergio Mendes, Eliane Elias
Suitable space for size of band you wish (solo to 6-pc)
Suitable shelter from the elements (rain, excessive heat or cold as affects instruments/performers)
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