2019 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE call 207.367.2900 to reserve

Monday, August 5th - Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra at the Reach Performing Arts Center. Call 207.367.2900 to reserve. More details about the artist below.

Sunday, August 18th - Carla Cook, singing, accompanied by Nat Adderley, Jr. on piano, at gWatson Gallery in downtown Stonington. More details about the artist below.

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Camila meza

Camila Meza, equally prized as a vocalist, guitarist and composer, has brought a sound full of warmth, intricacy and rhythmic clarity to the New York jazz scene ever since her arrival from Santiago, Chile in 2009. Inspired by jazz, South American music and American popular song of many eras and genres, she has uplifted audiences worldwide, including performances in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America with her rare combination of talents: assured and beautiful singing; highly advanced guitar; and vividly colorful, melodic songwriting.

Meza has won two Independent Music Awards for Best Adult Contemporary CD and Best Latin CD. She has been hailed by the New York Times as “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both forkloric and pop intention…Her improvising, on electric or acoustic guitar, is serious business.”

In 2018 Meza was tapped by Pat Metheny to perform and act as musical director for his NEA Jazz Masters induction ceremony at The Kennedy Center. Since 2007, she has recorded five CDs. Her first CD on the Sony Masterworks label, entitled Ambar, features the Nectar Orchestra, and was released in 2019. Along with the Nectar Orchestra, she will be traveling to Deer Isle following her debut performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Monday, August 5th - Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra at the Reach Performing Arts Center. Call 207.367.2900 to reserve.

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carla cook

Carla Cook, a Detroit native, has performed in concert halls, nightclubs and jazz festivals throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Canada, Brazil, Africa and Australia.

Growing up, Cook sang in the Methodist Church, but also enjoyed a range of musical styles from European classical to rock to the blues. She earned a Grammy nomination for her debut album and widespread critical acclaim for her two subsequent recordings. She sang with Count Basie and his Orchestra and with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. She has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Carla Cook’s accompanist at the Gallery will be Nat Adderley, Jr., the son of the late trumpet player and band leader, Nat Adderley, Sr. and the nephew of Julian Cannonball Adderley.

Preceding Carla Cook’s performance, Mark Stryker will talk about his recently published book, Jazz from Detroit. Stryker was for many years the jazz, classical music and art critic for the Detroit Free Press. He brings a great wealth of experience and knowledge to the subject of jazz in Carla Cook’s native city. The Gallery is pleased to be able bring Carla and Mark together for an exceptional evening of music that swings.

August 18th - Carla Cook, singing, accompanied by Nat Adderley, Jr. on piano, at gWatson Gallery in downtown Stonington.