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Catarina New has made a great impact in the Jazz community in Sweden, New York, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and now Portland, Oregon. Arriving in Portland recently, she has in a short time introduced her musical crafts as first and foremost a soulful saxophonist. Catarina’s sensual vocals and great originals have also given the audience a big reason to follow her around. A Master’s degree in Music, performing with greats such; Bobby Shew, Kenny Burrell and Barbara Morrison, a 2006 Award as “Southern California Best Jazz solo artist”, A featured artist on the Playboy Jazz series in Los Angeles and the Jazz musician of the month, July 2012, Oregon Jazz scene, Ms. New has plenty of experience and shows that in her confidence and intimate relation to the audience. See Her own website at www.catarinanew.com

Al Martin hails from Los Angeles, California and began his professional career at the age of 17 in Portland, Oregon. Al has performed in many genres as a Percussionist; from the U.S. Air Force Jazz Band Ensemble to the Carnival Comparsas of Panama, to Ipanema Beach of Brazil. Some of his most memorable moments are performing with, Salsa Orchestra El Grand Combo de Puerto Rico, Poncho Sanchez, Chuchito Valdez, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and sharing the stage with Santana and Alice Coltrane. A record of studio works with greats such as Kenny Garrett, Little Richard and Solomon Burke proves his talent.    Al Martin has a fire and groove in his playing that can set a whole audience on fire.

Bassist Al Criada born in Havana, Cuba, started playing professionally in Chicago at age of nineteen. He later moved to L.A. where many important performances and recordings took place. Criada is presently residing in the Pacific Northwest and known as “The Latin Bassist”.

Al’s versatile musicianship has created a huge track record playing worldwide and with luminaries as: Alex Acuna, Luis Conte, Sammy Davis Jr., The fifth Dimension, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, Eartha Kitt, Lou Rawls, Dianne Reeves, Dave Valentin and many, many more. Al’s powerful bass playing can not be mistaken from the Cuban tradition of Latin Music.

Trumpeter/Leader Bryant Allardborn in San Diego, California, started playing professionally at the age of 16 in the San Diego area. Bryant moved to the east coast in 1978 to attend Berklee College of music in Boston. After graduating in 1984 he moved to the the San Francisco area where he played with such notable musicians as Mark Levine and Cuban pianist Carlos Federico. Bryant moved to Portland in 1994 where he currently resides.  Bryant has worked with many of the great local musicians in town including Tony Pacini, Tall Jazz, Conjunto Alegre, George Mitchell (pianist with Diana Ross), Pianist Greg Goebel, and many others. Bryant is one of premier trumpet players in the area. His most recent CD, Influences, received many great reviews from the local community and is played regularly nationwide. See Bryant’s own website at: www.bryantallard.com

Pianist Devin Sanders grew up among the redwoods of Northern California, moving to Eugene OR in 1998, then to Portland in 2003.  He plays regularly in the Portland area with groups such as Latin Jazz band Picante, Salsa band Caliente, Cuban Son group Lo Nuestro, and Latin quartet Sonasi.  He has collaborated and performed with jazz legends Dick Hyman, Frank Wess and Peter Appleyard, vocalist Marilyn Keller, blues master Don Latarski, and guitarist Mike Denny.  He has appeared as a guest artist with the Eugene Symphony, toured with indie singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Justin King, performed with Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, and his jazz quartet opened for Lou Rawls.  A graduate of the University of Oregon's Jazz Studies program, he studied with Gary Versace, Steve Owen and Randy Porter, and was the recipient of a Downbeat Magazine award for Jazz Arranging.

Nick Gefroh, timbales, percussion, vocals

After many years as a jazz drummer in Portland, L.A. and New York. Nick helped start Portland’s first Latin Jazz and salsa band in the mid 70’s with a group called Montuno. After that he led a band called Manteca, which later developed into Pa’lante. He took time off to travel and study in South America and recently traveled to Cuba. In the last year, Nick has also achieved the title of “Tamborero Consagrado” (player of the sacred bata drums).

In addition to leading his own bands, he has been a sideman in many jazz and Latin bands throughout the years, including Bobby Torres, Thara Memory, Jim Pepper, Carl Smith and Walter Bridges.

Nick hosts KMHD’s Latin Jazz show, Thursday Night Descarga, on Portland’s jazz station KMHD, 89.1 from 7 to 9 pm every Thursday.  He also hosts Jazz Lives on KBOO 90.7 fm every Wednesday from noon to 2 pm.