A Brazilian Getaway with Lucia Newell

Lucia Newell

All Ages
Escape the cold with Lucia Newell for a night of relaxing and refreshing bossa and samba songs.

'A Brazilian Getaway' with Lucia Newell vocals, Joan Griffith on guitar and cavaquinho, Gordy Johnson on bass and Gary Gauger on percussion.

Lucia Newell has sung in jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world. She performed for two years at Clube 21 in Rio de Janeiro, six months at El Señorial in Mexico City, the great Billy Eckstine, the Rio Jazz Orchestra, Oscar Castro Neves, Osmar Milito, Nilson Matta, Luiz Eça, Celia Vaz and many others.

Lucia spent years singing background vocals on recordings for Windham Hill, CBS, Warner Bros., MCA, GIA, Atlantic, A&M and Virgin Records, recording with Ben Sidran, Thelma Houston, Paula Abdul, Patty Austin, and others in London, New York, Los Angeles, Rio, and at home in Minneapolis. She can also be heard on local and national TV and radio jingles, and on a variety of children’s and teaching recordings. Lucia has received special recognition from the Minnesota Jazz Awards and released the critically acclaimed CD Enter You, Enter Lovewith guitarist Joan Griffith, now in its third issue, and is featured on Laura Caviani’s jazzy Christmas CD, Angels We Haven’t Heard, the 2006 release with Soul Café, The Poetry of Jazz, Pablo Neruda meets Rodgers & Hart and most recently on the 2010 release with Alma Brasileira, Circle of the Dance. Lucia’s 2004 release, Steeped in Strayhorn, is a collaboration with the highly charged sextet, Pete Whitman’s Departure Point, featuring the music of the great Billy Strayhorn. She is currently working on her own compositions and collaborations with Twin Cities jazz musicians.

Joan Griffith is a teacher, performer and composer who has toured and recorded extensively. She is the director MacJazz (big band) and is a studio instructor, teaching electric bass, electric guitar, mandolin, and jazz improvisation. She is also the head of the jazz studies department at the University of St. Thomas.

Joan’s 2011 CD “A Girl Named Vincent” with Prudence Johnson, the 2008 jazz CD “Sambanova” with pianist Laura Caviani, her 2009 CD “Alma Brasileira” with recorder player Clea Galhano and her CD “Enter You, Enter Love,” with Lucia Newell feature many of her own compositions. “Enter You, Enter Love” was chosen as one of the top ten best recordings for 1996 by jazz radio station KBEM. Her choral composition “Sweet Noel” won the 1998 Christmas Carol Contest sponsored by the American Composer’s Forum and Vocalessence. Her performances on mandolin include the Minnesota Orchestra‘s recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and as soloist with the South Dakota Symphony on their premiere recording “Journey to the Badlands”. Her mandolin and bass playing can be heard on the many recording of singer/songwriter Ann Reed. She is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Young Audiences.

Gordon "Gordy" Johnson is a bass guitarist who has toured and/or recorded with numerous artists, a few of which include Maynard Ferguson, Roy Buchanan, Bill Carrothers, Lorie Line, Chuck Mangione, Dewey Redman, Greg Brown, Peter Ostroushko, Paul Winter Consort, Cliff Eberhardt, Becky Schlegel, Benny Weinbeck, Bradley Joseph, and Stacey Kent.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432