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(Published: September 16, 2012)

Known as one of the most versatile voices in Latin America and now North America, Maria Rivas skillfully combines American and Latin Jazz rhythms with lively yet sentimental music from around the world.  She interprets her music in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and performs her own blend of traditional standards as well as music and lyrics she has composed herself. She and her ensemble will be performing at Zinc Bar, 82 West Third Street, at 9 PM Thursday September 27. Accompanying Maria will be Manuel Valera on piano, Yosvany Terry on sax, John Benitez on bass, Ludwig Afonso on drums, and Yusnier Sánchez on percussion.
Maria's unique sound is an intoxicating combination of classic American jazz and Latin music, with just the right splash of Brazilian accents, together with her signature mixture of indigenous, Caribbean, European, and African strains. Her exotic and varied repertoire includes American jazz and blues standards such as ‘Funny Valentine', ‘Route 66', ‘Lush Life', and ‘Summertime;' Latin classics like ‘Bésame Mucho' and ‘Moliendo Café;' smooth and sensuous Brazilian bossa nova tunes like ‘Girl from Ipanema', ‘Corcovado', ‘Dindi' and ‘One Note Samba'; movingly romantic ballads, such as ‘My Romance' and ‘Our Love is Here to Stay,' and many, many others.
During her musical career spanning over 30 years, Maria has released ten CDs while headlining concerts in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Asia. including the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  She entertains her audiences with her uniquely melodious voice and dynamic expression and stage presence, as well as her phenomenal ‘Scat' improvisations, which have been favorably compared by music critics and audiences with those of Ella Fitzgerald.
Maria has won every prestigious singing award Venezuela and much of Latin America have to offer. Her hit song, MANDUCO, remained in the number one position on the charts in Latin America for many months, and in the top 10 for over 3 years, and turned her into a cultural icon.
Ms. Rivas also became known as the vocalist most associated with Venezuela's most prominent and beloved composer of the 20th century, Maestro Aldemaro Romero. Ms. Rivas and Maestro Romero collaborated during 20 years of concerts, both acoustic with piano and voice, as well as with symphonic orchestras. Over the course of this period, Ms. Rivas achieved an intensely personal style of interpretation of Maestro Romero's work, which continues to influence her Jazz interpretations and improvisations.
People who know her, or have seen or heard her perform, understand that Maria is truly a one-of-a-kind artist ... and person.
Zinc Bar is located at 82 West Third Street in New York's Greenwich Village. For more information contact KCC Productions at 305-332-2623 or Zinc Bar at 212-477-ZINC, or visit zincbar.com.

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