PRLog - Aug. 1, 2012 - BOSTON -- Boston, MA--Scullers Jazz Club will be the place to be for a roots, samba and jazz celebration in an all-Jobim show featuring jazz singer Rebecca Parris, as she joins the band Mozik for the very first time on Tuesday, October 30 at 8:00 PM. Lead by Brazilian pianist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, the tight quintet features an international cast of highly-regarded musicians: Brazilian guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Russian flutist Yulia Musayelyan and Argentine bassist Fernando Huergo round out the group. In addition, Mozik is also the name the band's CD, released in October of 2011.
Tickets at $20.00 are on sale now at www.scullersjazz.com or by calling, 617-562-4111. Scullers Jazz Club is located in the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel at 400 Soldiers Field Road in Allston, Massachusetts. The club is wheelchair accessible and there is ample parking on site.
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Rebecca Parris is indeed an institution in the Greater Boston area and is known as "Boston's First Lady of Jazz" in the clubs and concert halls. But, she is also highly-regarded throughout the globe and has been touted by many prestigious publications. "Her voice, a rich contralto with a baritone resonance, is so commanding that when a song’s attitude is combative, she can scare you. But when the mood is playful, she can also enfold you in a musical bear hug." stated Stephen Holden in a 2007 review for the New York Times in 2007. In 2008, Parris appeared with the great Marian McPartland on Piano Jazz and her CDs are often played throughout Europe as well.
While pianist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli were both born in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, it wasn’t until they landed in Boston, that Brazilian music seized their imagination.
Reared on hard rock, European classical music, blues, funk and jazz, they independently found their way to Berklee College of Music, earning scholarships to study at the prestigious institution. Moving to the United States provided a sudden, jarring perspective shift, and a reappraisal of their relationship to their musical birthright. Their captivating album Mozik as well as the launch of their new band called Mozik, reflects their deep engagement with Brazilian rhythms and forms, filtered through their love of the early fusion of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. The CD was released October 28, 2011 on Mozik Records.
"A lot of non-Brazilian musicians who play Brazilian music are obsessed with being authentic," says Schachnik, who wrote most of the album's arrangements. "That’s not our goal at all. We're not trying to recreate bossa nova. We want to play with all the information that we’ve gathered over the years. I grew up listening to Return to Forever and The Headhunters."
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A faculty member at Berklee College of music, pianist Gilson Schachnik has played or recorded with some of the most important names of the jazz and Brazilian music scenes, such as Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Romero Lubambo, Yoron Israel, Jerry Bergonzi, Luciana Souza, Mick Goodrick, John Lockwood, Paulo Braga, Peri Ribeiro, Antonio Sanchez, Miguel Zenon and Café. In addition, Gilson has studied with Danilo Perez, Charlie Banacos and Bob Durso.
Gilson's debut CD, Raw, was released in 1998, and received rave reviews. Jazz writer Bob Young, of the Boston Herald and Jazziz Magazine, wrote, "Gilson Schachnik creates the kind of all-encompassing jazz mix that fans of the music's new world order now demand: entertaining, uncliched and flavored with tastes from around the globe."
Drummer Mauricio Zottarelli grew up in the town of Rio Claro in the state of Sao Paulo, immersed in music. He earned a degree in computer science in 1997, but his love of music led him to apply for and earn a scholarship to a summer program at Berklee. When he came to Boston in 1999 he thought it was just for a season, but he kept earning new scholarships to study film scoring, arranging and performance and by 2002, Zottarelli had graduated from Berklee.
With his versatility and wide rhythmic palette Zottarelli has become one of the most sought after drummers on the scene since moving to New York City in 2006. He’s toured internationally with Japanese pianist Hiromi’s Sonicbloom, while performing and recording with an international array of artists, including Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Claudio Roditi, Chuck Loeb, Rosa Passos, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Cidinho Teixeira, Marc Rossi Group, Hendrik Meurkens and Oriente Lopez.
Argentinean bassist Fernando Huergo has recorded over 100 albums, including nine as a leader. His performances with artists such as Dave Samuels, Danilo Perez, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, David Sanchez, Mike Stern and many others have put him on a national jazz spotlight.
Now based in Boston, Brazilian guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil began playing his instrument at the age of 13. In 1995 he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine and in 1999 he received a full scholarship to obtain his Masters Degree in jazz at Berklee College of Music. His teachers included Pat Metheny, Frank Gambale, Mike Stern, Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Mick Goodrick, Wayne Krantz,, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Dave Fiucsynski, Rick Peckham, Larry Baione, and the South Indian ‘guru’ Prasanna.
Russian-born flutist Yulia Musayelyan has extensive training and performance experience in classical music, contemporary music, jazz and world music. A 2001 recipient of the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Award, as well as the winner of the 2004 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Competition, Yulia has performed with classical orchestras as well as with noted jazz ensembles. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Masters Degree from New York University.