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Duo jazzes up CenterStage

Fri., Oct. 15, 2004

A Spokane resident originally from Brazil, Silvia Lazo is well-known for bringing traditional Brazilian music

to town.

But the sounds will be heavy on the jazz when vocalist Lazo and guitarist guru Paul Grove are featured this weekend at Ella’s on the third floor of CenterStage, 1017 W. First. The duo performs at Ella’s tonight and Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

“We wanted to have a little of everything to offer,” Lazo said. “At Ella’s, they do an excellent job of bringing different musicians and ethnicities, and it’s a great place for American jazz, so we wanted to keep that tradition.”

In addition to the jazz emphasis, Lazo and Grove also plan to present compositions that were nominated for the 2004 Latin Grammy’s as well as Latin classical songs that are not published in the United States. Lazo and Grove have been working on such tunes in preparation for “A Night in Brazil,” a concert on Nov. 11 at The Met that features Lazo and Grove and headliner Jovino Santos Neto, an avant-garde Brazilian artist who now lives in Seattle.

Neto will be the third Brazilian artist Lazo has brought to Spokane. It’s something she gladly takes on to help foster diversity here.

“I truly believe Spokane is becoming a culturally wealthy community,” said Lazo, who left an established following in New Mexico to come to Spokane when her husband’s job moved them here three years ago. “It’s important that our community has access to those artists that might not come if they didn’t know someone here.”

After the concert with Neto, Lazo has plans to survey Brazilian music by visiting a Portuguese community in India in December and then heading back to Brazil in January.

“My involvement in music is fueled by my curiosity to know other places in the world,” Lazo said. “When I go to India, I would love to learn new pieces to bring back and play here.”

Lazo’s latest release, “Zunzum Azul,” which loosely translates to “The Latest Buzz in Blue,” enlists the help of 30 studio musicians from two continents.


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