Saturday, August 21 / 3:30 p.m.
Brazil & Chill Jazz Party
ANN WALSH & TOM ZINK
featuring special guest BRIAN BROMBERG
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Cheers Lounge
While enrolled in jazz improv classes and big band rehearsal groups while in college at Orange Coast College, vocalist Anne Walsh was performing in a concert with the OCC Big Band when a percussionist in the audience took note of her voice.
He suggested she audition at Carmello’s and the following weekend Walsh landed her first real jazz gig by way of Brazil. That was her introduction to the world of Jobim, Dori Caymmi, Basia and Flora Purim.
“The experience of singing Brazilian music gave my voice a freedom I had never known before,” she says.
Walsh studied classical voice as well, training in the bel canto style. She has performed in light operas and musicals as well with jazz quintets. When she landed a gig with one quintet, she met her future husband, pianist and arranger Tom Zink.
Zink, a Grammy-nominated arranger, has been performing for over 30 years with a bevy of top-flight jazz and pop artists. He specializes in contemporary and traditional jazz as well as acoustic music.
He has done considerable orchestral arranging, specializing in strings, and is a pianist fluent in many styles of music, including Brazilian jazz.
Brian Bromberg is considered to be one of the world’s most groundbreaking and diverse bassists of our time, pushing the barriers of the acoustic and electric bass to their limits.
Commonly using as many as 10 or more basses on his recordings, using different tunings, string configurations, acoustic basses, electric basses, piccolo basses etc., Bromberg has taken the bass and truly turned it into a vehicle for him to make music, write melodies and be the lead melodic voice as well as the rhythmic foundation of the music.