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Claudia Acuña



Biography

Claudia Acuña (vocalist) spent her early years singing in her native Chile, where she was first introduced to jazz. After moving to New York, she began to sit in on jam sessions and performing at various clubs. She gained experience through mentorships with such luminaries as Abbey Lincoln, Chick Corea, and Dianne Reeves. Her first recording, the critically acclaimed Wind From the South (Verve, 2000), introduced her sensuous alto to a wider audience, and two years later, she returned with her second bilingual album for the label, Rhythm of Life . A collection of American and Spanish language standards, her recordings and performances exhibit a compelling fusion of Latin rhythms and jazz sensibilities. When not in the recording studio, Ms. Acuña tours extensively, appearing in major music venues and festivals in the U.S. and abroad, concerts that receive high critical and audience praise. The Claudia Acuña Quintet appeared in the Terrace Theater on September 27, 2002, along with Kenny Barron's Canta Brasil.
Claudia Acuña