Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble

Friday, May, 11 at 6pm, Copperfield’s Books in San Rafael

Kat Parra is an award-winning jazz vocal musician, composer, lyricist and arranger with an international perspective. In 2006, she quit her job as a graphic designer at Cisco Systems, Inc. to pursue her passion for music and she’s never looked back. Since then she has performed in Amsterdam, Brazil and Mexico as well as top-tier venues throughout the United States, earned the designation of “Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of 2010 and 2008” by Latin Jazz Corner, and received a 2008 nomination for “Latin Jazz Album of the Year” from the Jazz Journalists Association. She has created an engaging and unique repertoire with fresh and exciting new arrangements. Kat is as comfortable singing the American songbook as she is singing songs from across Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. She sings fluently in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Ladino (Judeo-Espanyol).

Kat is celebrating the release of her 5th CD as a leader, SONGBOOK OF THE AMÉRICAS. In addition to Parra’s original music and lyrics, the CD pays tribute to women composers from North, Central and South America. With this multi-lingual and multi-musical experience, Kat Parra is able to transport her audiences to an exciting and vibrant journey of world and latin music.

Joining Kat Parra for this event will be Murray Low (piano), Masaru Koga (woodwinds), David Belove (bass), and Dan Foltz (drums).

Watch Kat in performance here.

This free concert is a collaboration between Jazz in the Neighborhood and Copperfield’s Books, which provides use of their space. Though there is no income from ticket sales, Jazz in the Neighborhood pays each musician a guaranteed fair wage. The concerts are made possible through contributions from our JITN membership, audience members, and sponsors such as the Magic Flute and Bananas at Large.