Trio Caliente

About Trio Caliente







Deborah Benner is a veteran performer on the Washington/Baltimore music scene described by the Washington Post as "...a beguiling soprano voice." A mezzo-soprano soloist, jazz recording artist, actress (Off-Broadway stage, feature film, national voice-overs and jingles) and vocal educator, Deborah has performed with the legendary guitarist, Charlie Byrd, and sang regularly with Ella Fitzgerald's bassist, the late, great Keeter Betts. She's shared the stage with jazz greats, McCoy Tyner, Terrence Blanchard, and Scott Ambush (of Spyro Gyra) at Blues Alley and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Performing regularly for political dignitaries and Heads of State, she sings with swing orchestras in Washington, D.C. comprised of members of the White House Marine Band Jazz Ensemble and sang at President Clinton's Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian Institution. Deborah received national airplay for her solo release, Flights of Passion, and her Kindred Spirits was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered". In 1997, she won the Billboard Magazine Songwriter's Competition for "Best Original Vocal" Composition.

Michael Bard is an active musician, composer and teacher who resides near Washington, D.C. He has performed as a soloist and with various musical ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, North Africa, South America, and the Middle East. He has also been featured on various radio and t.v. programs around the world. Michael has performed for many luminaries and dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Joint Chief of Staff and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mexican president Vicente Fox, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Teresa Heinz, Henry Kissinger and former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), as well as various members of royalty throughout the Middle East. His first recorded solo effort, Illumination, features original compositions for guitar and solo piano, blending a soothing mix of Spanish, Latin and adult contemporary instrumental styles. His composition "Mediterranean Beauty" for two guitars is published by Lathkill Music Publishers, England.

Amilcar Cruz was raised in a musical, Honduran/Nicaraguan family and has been playing music all his life. At age seventeen, inspired by flamenco greats Sabicas and Paco de Lucia, Amilcar began studying flamenco music seriously and now makes his living performing and teaching guitar. He holds a degree in Latin American literature and centers his musical philosophy on combining the fluidity of acoustic rock with flamenco technique and an array of Latin influences and rhythmic landscapes.



By magicbard22, 2007-08-03

<h3>TRIO CALIENTE will debut new album, Baila Me, with exclusive performances at Blues Alley in June</h3><p>Washington, D.C., April 18, 2007 &ndash; The highly anticipated debut album from Washington (D.C.) based Latin-jazz fusion band Trio Caliente will be celebrated at a special CD release party and performance at legendary jazz venue Blues Alley on June 5, 2007. Entitled Baila Me, the album features eleven tracks that combine the band&rsquo;s unique Latin and jazz sensibilities and punctuates the creative collaboration of three of Washington&rsquo;s most respected performers and musicians. </p><p>Trio Caliente is comprised of longtime Washington musicians Deborah Benner, Michael Bard and Amilcar Cruz. Together, the trio produces music that seamlessly fuses together elements of Bossa Nova, gypsy rumba and contemporary flamenco with soothing jazz vocals and musical arrangements. With songs that are sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Baila Me is a diverse collection of tracks that highlight the band&rsquo;s worldly musical sensibilities. Benner and Bard have previously been featured on several TV and radio shows (including NPR&rsquo;s &ldquo;All Things Considered&rdquo;) and written up in the Washington Post and Jazz Times, as well as having toured extensively throughout South America, the Middle East, Spain and Portugal. As Trio Caliente, they (along with Cruz) plan on announcing more performances soon, both locally in the D.C.-area and around the country. </p><p>Trio Caliente will perform two special shows at Blues Alley (at 8:00 pm and again at 10:00 pm) on June 5th as part of the celebration for the release of Baila Me. A venerable, longstanding jazz club in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Blues Alley is the perfect venue to showcase Trio Caliente&rsquo;s dynamic brand of Latin jazz. Tickets can be purchased for both shows by calling (202) 337-4141 or by visiting <a href="" target="new"></a>. There is limited seating available for both performances. </p><p><strong>For more information on <em>Trio Caliente</em> and the album release party at Blues Alley, please contact Miguel Bard at (240) 460-5611, or <a href=""><strong></strong></a>.</strong> </p><p><strong>ABOUT TRIO CALIENTE</strong> &ndash; The collaboration of husband and wife team Deborah Benner (vocals) and Michael Bard (guitars, keyboard, percussion) with Amilcar Cruz (guitars), Trio Caliente blends together various musical elements from traditional and modern Latin music with contemporary jazz arrangements. You can find more information at <a href=""></a>. </p><p><strong>ABOUT BLUES ALLEY</strong> &ndash; Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation&#39;s oldest continuing jazz supper club, having showcased internationally renowned concert hall artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy in a small intimate setting. It is located at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Tickets and more information can be found at <a href="" target="new"></a>. </p>

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