Luciana Souza Quintet
Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 8:00 pm
Brazilian-born jazz vocalist Luciana Souza “sounds like Astrud Gilberto channeling Nina Simone,” says the San Francisco Chronicle. That combination of luminous voice and arresting presence won her a Grammy Award in 2008 and captivated audiences at sold-out Duke Performances concerts in 2008 and 2010.
Souza’s return to Durham features star turns from two alumni of Herbie Hancock’s band: West African guitarist Lionel Loueke, whom Hancock praised as “a musical painter,” and Swiss harmonica genius Grégoire Maret, the heir apparent to Toots Thielemans. Together with Souza, their melodic interplay will make for a dazzling night of music.
Luciana Souza, vocals
Lionel Loueke, guitar
Grégoire Maret, harmonica
Massimo Biolcati, bass
Kendrick Scott, drums