Jazz Duo Anna Louise Andersson and Bassist Alex "Apolo" Ayala
- Feb. 9, 2019
-- Anna Louise Andersson: can be described as a powerful, multifaceted and sensitive singer. Her style exudes vivid musical colors, strong dynamics and an
array of influences from many genres. The 2016 Hällevik Jazz Fest "Jazz Artist of the Year" paces herself between Jazz, Soul, Funk, Swedish Folklore and an impressive dominance of African music sung in Swahili, Xhosa and Zulu. She studied classical music and performance at the Applied Music Program at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles and went on to finish her Bachelors in fine arts (jazz vocal performance)
at the New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York in 2011. Ms. Andersson studied with legends such as Bernard Purdie, Charles Tolliver, Junior Mance, Reggie Workman and Jimmy Owens. Anna Louise has performed with artists such as Mark Whitfield, James Genus, James Bradley Jr., Peter Asplund, Donald Edwards, Stacy Dillard, Ronnie Gardiner, Chuck Anthony, Yotam Silberstein, Mattias Nilsson, Rubem Farias, The Stockholm Cathedral Choir, The Eyal Vilner Big band, The Johan Stengård Big Band, and Jack Jeffeŕ's Big Band. She has performed all across her native Sweden, in the UK, Denmark, Turkey and the USA. https://www.annalouiseandersson.com/
An accomplished band leader, she leads her own Quartet, "Anna Louise Andersson & The Fellas", which focuses on bridging the gap between genres by creating songs and arrangements that have the element of surprise and curiosity for the listener. The group recorded an EP in 2015, called "Tiger Loose...".
Alex "Apolo" Ayala: Puerto Rican Bassist Alex "Apolo" Ayala embodies the spirit of the multilingual musician. His vast knowledge of both Latin music and Jazz languages makes him one of the few bilingual bassists in the music scene. A native from San Juan, Puerto Rico, he blends his Afro-Caribbean roots with the jazz language, which enables him to pace himself through swing, bebop, blues, bomba, plena and explorations through other Latin-American expressions (Samba/Bossa, Tango, Afro-Peruvian, Afro-Colombian, Afro-Venezuelan)
. His body of work includes performances, tours, recordings, and Grammy Nominations with a vast majority of Latin music giants and world-renowned jazz musicians: Gilberto Santarosa, Roberto Rohena, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz,Tito Nieves, Tito Rojas, Puerto Rican Power, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Giovanni Hidalgo, Antonio Hart, David Sanchez, Edsel Gomez, Paoli Mejias, Ralph Irrizary, Jerry Gonzalez, William Cepeda, Mitch Frohman, Los Pleneros de la 21, among many others. https://www.facebook.com/AlexApoloAyalaGingerNewYork
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