The skies, sun, pinkish sunset, and the eventual summer starry night aligned for a beautiful evening on Friday, July 31. What made it all the better was the air being filled by the mesmerizing music of the multi-talented Saranaide and her trio of superb musicians. Taking us on a trip to Brazil and the music of samba and bossa nova.
A delightful trip it was as Saranaide (Sara Rodriguez) reached into the catalog of famous bossa nova songs. Drawing attention to her fluency to sing in Portuguese such as the classic mega-hit tune “The Girl From Ipanema.” She also displayed her ability to introduce the flute into a variety of selections. The crowd certainly welcomed the familiar melodies associated with bossa nova and Saranaide and the band received numerous applause.
The trio consisted of Harry Graser on keyboards, Ben Levitt on upright bass, and Nelson Rivera on tenor sax. An impressive outing for three of our next-generation talents residing in the community.
Many thanks to the staff of the Hotel Henry and 100 Acres Kitchens as well as the superb sound engineering of Mark Percy for a summer night to remember.
JazzBuffalo contributor, photographer Jack Zuff, was on hand and photographed another stunning gallery capturing the spirit of the night.