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Turiya Mareya and Charlie Chavez Perform at the Baja Jazz Festival
(Published: July 16, 2008)

Turiya Mareya with Charlie Chavez
Latin Jazz Concert

Baja Jazz Festival 2009 "PRELUDIO"

Live at Casa De La Cultura in Tiuana

Saturday July 26th
9:30 pm

Casa de la Cultura de Tijuana
Calle Lisboa 5, Downtown tel: (664) 687 2604 (info)
Turiya Mareya and Charlie Chavez will perform a Duo concert as part of the opening festivities for the Baja Jazz Festival in Tijuana. The concert will feature original music by Mareya with accompaniment by Charlie Chavez on Cajon, Drums, Congas and Timbales.

Timbalero and Percussionist and Trombonist Charlie Chavez is originally from Vera Cruz Mexico. Living and working now in Both Tijuana and San diego Chavez is one of the most respspected and in demand latin artits in Southern California. He is a regular top participant in the yearly NAMM shows and heads his Salsa Band Afro-Truco.

Mareya was raised in the vibrant border of Tijuana and San Diego. She started playing with Mexican dance bands at a young age and later studied Jazz under the direction of Mr. Daniel Jackson, one of the West Coast Jazz Legends. She studied also at the Creative Music School in Woodstock but most of her musical instruction came from the streets, the clubs and fellow musicians. She began playing Latin Jazz with the Tambu International Ensemble, moving to Vera Cruz and living later in Mexico City. Returning to the border she was active in the jazz and latin music scenes. In 1992 she became the musical director and pianist for the Kokopelli Latin Jazz Ensemble. The group went to become a Southern california legend recording their " La Luz Eterna" and performing at all major area festivals opening for Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Palmieri, Jane Bunnett and David Murray.

In 2003 Turiya began working as a solo artist going first to Juneau Alaska where she performed with Afro-Peruvian Percussionist Antonio Diaz and to Anchorage where she performed with Hector Diaz y su Orchesta Tropical. She moved to Madrid in 2004 and was active in the incredible music scene there. In 2005 she toured Canada working in Toronto with her band which featured some of the top Toronto Cuban artists. She also toured British Columbia working with Cuban artists Adonis Puentes and Gilberto Moroeax on Vancouver Island. She recently toured the Yucation performing weekly at Merida's popular Jazz club Jazz'in Merida.Mareya has lived and worked for years in Mexico and Baja. She heads the Bi-nacional Jazz Descarga and the Tijuana Latin Jazz Project.

Her touring band features some of the most exciteng comtemporary Cuban artists including including Felix Betancourt on Tenor, Lazoro Poey on Drums and Ignacio Arango on Bass

In October of 2008 she will be headlining at the Puerto Penasco Jazz Festival in Sonoro Mexico

More Information: http://myspace.com/mareya

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