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Free Afternoon of Jazz & Latin Concert 6/26 2pm at Ferguson Library

Free Afternoon of Jazz & Latin Concert 6/26 2pm at Ferguson Library
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The free 5th Annual Afternoon of Jazz and Latin music, co-sponsored by the Mayor's Multicultural Council and The Ferguson Public Library, takes place Sunday, June 26, 2022, from 2-4:30 pm in The Ferguson Public Library fourth floor auditorium, located at 1 Public Library Plaza (corner of Bedford and Broad Streets in Stamford). Admission and light refreshments are free to the public. To reserve seats, email mayorsmcc@stamfordct.gov or call Ana (203) 219-0817. 

The 2022 line-up includes popular local artists: Michael Nunziante (on the charango, a traditional instrument from the Andes), multilingual singer Barbara Espinosa Occhino and singer Maria Tiscia accompanied by Eddie Monteiro (accordion) and Joe Stelluti (woodwinds), and the Chris Coogan Quintet (piano, vocals) with Nick Devito (clarinet), Jim Clark (saxophone), Steve Taylor (bass), and Kurt Berglund (drums). The Mayor's Multicultural Council of Stamford aims to inform, celebrate, promote, understand, appreciate, and respect the many diverse cultures that enrich Stamford. 

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:

BARBARA ESPINOSA OCCHINO is a multilingual vocalist (English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese) who manages Barbara's Serenade bands and performs in the Metro New York area. Born in Cuba, she infuses the zest of her Latin roots along with her love of jazz music into her diverse repertoire. Barbara has performed at Stamford's The Palace, Harbor Point, Artwalk, Mayor’s Afternoon of Jazz, corporate events, festivals, yacht and country clubs, galleries, and private affairs. She sang in Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 50th Anniversary "the public domain" choir and has been a session vocalist and bilingual voice-over talent in NY/CT recording studios. Barbara has been a music/entertainment curator for local festivals and charity events. See BarbaraEntertains.com

MARIA TISCIA has been a professional singer (Great American Songbook, jazz, pop) since the early 1970s. She spent her formative years performing in TV and radio commercials with the late jazz musician Don Elliot. Through her association with Elliot she had the privilege of working on movie scores and projects for Quincy Jones. Maria opened with her Brazilian Band “Rio Bound" for Grammy Award Winner, Dianne Reeves. 

EDDIE MONTEIRO is an internationally recognized musician and educator with 50 years of musical performance in classical, jazz, Latin, dance, theater, cabaret, and choral ensembles. He performs with "The Jazz Forum" all-star band in Tarrytown, a club known as the best supplier of NY jazz musicians in the tri-state area. The NY Times writes, "Mr. Monteiro plays an accordion that houses a miniaturized organ and synthesizer effects and ... he becomes a complete orchestra by himself." Eddie sometimes incorporates scat singing into his musical textures, inspired when he met the great Brazilian composer, arranger, guitarist, and accordionist, Sivuca. In his youth, he was awarded several accordion championships and is the youngest honoree elected to the American Accordionist's Hall of Fame. 

JOE STELLUTI is a woodwind genius. He is a jazz veteran who has played with the best of them, Sinatra, Ray Charles, Larry Elgart, and The Harry James Orchestra, just to name a few. He has also performed with many pop artists such as The Beach Boys, Peter Frampton, and Frank Valli and the Four Seasons. 

CHRIS COOGAN is called “a masterful pianist” by the New York Times. He is a composer, performer, teacher, choir director and producer, rooted in the jazz and gospel traditions. Chris has appeared with such eminent musicians as Stevie Van Zandt, Sal Salvador, Ronnie Spector, Harold Danko, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Phoebe Snow, and Ben E. King, among others, as well as arranging for Teo Maceo, producer for the late Miles Davis.  His gospel credentials include performances with Take 6, Maya Angelou and Richard Smallwood.  Chris has appeared on television's Celebrity Jeopardy and the Arsenio Hall Show and has performed at Manhattan's Blue Note and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. He has written and performed original gospel music for a PBS documentary about evangelist Amy Semple McPherson, and worked with Emmy-award winning composer Brian Keane, who featured Chris on piano in the BBC show Copper.
 

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