Rounding out what promises to be a roller-coaster March, the inventive and mega-talented jazz group Anaïsa will be performing at Trumpets on Wednesday, March 26th in their second annual Women’s History Month performance. Anaïsa is an all-female breakout group from the larger band, Los Mas Valientes. The sets will include mainly original compositions with a few covers, focusing on women composers. The quintet is made up of great talents in the Latin Jazz scene. Anaïsa includes Jessica Valiente, who serves as the musical director and plays flute, Genevieve Gazon on vocals, Amy Millan on piano, Anna Milat-Meyer on bass, and Yasuyo Kimura on percussion. The combined result from these talented women is infectious and fun jazz with a Latin flare.
For the March 26th sets, the band’s musical director, Jessica Valiente, tells us the audience can expect to hear an exciting variety of Latin traditional and Latin jazz styles, and a mix of instrumental music and exciting, thought-provoking vocals. Valiente elaborated on why it is important to Anaïsa to hold a Women’s History Month celebration, “Anaïsa is one of just a few seminal bands formed by women who are highly respected both as accomplished, veteran instrumentalists and as major players in the New York City Latin music scene. This is no teeny-bopper girl band. This is the Latin jazz band that Women’s History Month is all about.”
According to the band’s website, Anaïsa took its name from Afro-Dominican folklore; Anaïsa is the goddess of love, compassion and goodwill, and she finds her greatest expression through music. This troupe of musicians has shared their passion for and love of jazz throughout the tri-state area, as well as farther-flung venues like Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Summerfest. Their annual return to Trumpets is a highly anticipated treat.
Find more information about Anaisa on their webpage, and make sure to listen to original compositions, especially the joyfully sassy “I don’t think so.” Performances for these special Wednesday sets will include original works by members of the band, as well as standards by women composers.
Join jazz lovers for a musical night out celebrating the women of Latin Jazz with Anaïsa at Trumpets on Wednesday, March 26th. The sets start at 7:30 P.M. and 9 P.M. Tickets are $10, with a $5 minimum of food or drinks. For reservations, call 973-744-2600, or visit the Trumpets website for more information.