Genre of Music Played:
Straight ahead jazz – bebop, blues, ballads, bossa novas; Latin jazz – Brasilian sambas and Afro–Cuban mambos
Based out of:
New Haven, CT
Every Thursday, 6 – 10 pm, at the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1712 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT http://www.cuckoosnest.biz/
Every Friday, 7:30 – 10:30 pm, at Sage American Grill and Oyster Bar, 100 S. Water St., New Haven, CT http://www.sageamerican.com/index.html
“Jeff Fuller is a jazz bassist with an impressive list of credentials. He has toured worldwide and recorded with master saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera, with each of whom he recorded three albums. Fuller’s swing and big bass sound, combined with his versatility, enable him to blend with jazz artists from all styles and eras. He has appeared with such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, Scott Hamilton, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Randy Brecker, Larry Coryell, and “Big Nick” Nicholas. He frequently performs with jazz singers such as Giacomo Gates, Marlene ver Planck, and Steve March Torme. A blog of his 2007 tour with Steve Torme – son of the late, great Mel Torme – is “Jeff’s Torme Tour”. It contains many anecdotes and photographs of life on the road, during a grueling 8-week long, big band national bus tour,” jefffuller.net.
“Our music is described by the name Sambeleza: a contraction of two words, “samba” (the national Brasilian dance and culture) and “beleza” (beauty in Portuguese). We are Isabella Mendes (piano, vocals), Jeff Fuller (bass, Vocals) and Joe Carter (guitar). Sambeleza performs a wide variety of Brazilian songs – both old and new – with a jazz twist. Featured composers include Tom Jobim and Ary Barroso, as well as younger composers like Djavan, Debora Gurgel and Arlindo Cruz. A few originals by group members are added to the mix,” Jeff Fuller.