Posted by: Nancy
November 19, 2013
Jazz lovers and fans of James Taylor and Carole King are in for a real treat this weekend when Lakeshore Music presents singer/songwriter Amanda Brecker at the Tempe Center for the Arts. “Amanda is one of those remarkably gifted artists who began their musical career at birth,” said Lakeshore Music’s Woody Wilson. “She was singing in Portuguese at five years old because her mother is Eliane Elias. She was fluently playing an instrument at nine because her father is Randy Brecker. Amanda is young, gifted and an elegant performer. We are pleased to present her Arizona debut.”
Brecker is well-known in Japan where she released her first two albums, Here I Am and Brazilian Passion. Her composition “Novo Lugar” became the theme song on the Japanese television series, “Giants of Beauty.” That same year in Japan, Here I Am received the Gold Disc Award, Best New Talent Award and New Star Award by Swing Journal. She also received the New Star International Prize by ADLIB. Here I Am went on to become the No. 1 Best-selling Jazz Vocal CD of the summer of 2008. Brazilian Passion received the Gold Disc Award by Swing Journal, Japan in 2009.
Her third album, Blossom, produced by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris, was released in 2011. Blossom, is a tribute album dedicated to James Taylor and Carole King. Musicians on the album include some of Taylor and King’s working band: Lee Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Larry Goldings (piano/keyboard), Jesse Harris (acoustic guitar) and Anthony Wilson (electric guitar). Blossom was released in Japan in May, 2011 in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of King’s Tapestry album.
Brecker’s band is Jon Gilutin on piano, Mitchell Long, guitar, drummer Mike Shapiro and bassist Jonathan Flaugher. Amanda Brecker and her band will perform on November 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.lakeshoremusic.org, or call the Tempe Center for the Arts box office at 480 350-2822.
Tempe’s calendar of events is packed with arts and entertainment events to please every taste. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.
- November 19: Open Jam, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- November 19: Stu Siefer Trio with Dave Henning and Sean Brogan, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- November 19: Craftivism in Action: Yarn Bombing as Activist Performance, ASU Art Museum/Ceramics Research Center
- November 19: Performance with a View: Studio E217, Tempe Center for the Arts
- November 20: The Black Crowes, Marquee Theatre
- November 20: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night; Art After Work: “O’Keefe’s Got Nothing on Me,” Tempe Center for the Arts
- November 20: New Faces Of Comedy Open Mic; November 21: Hot Mess” Comedy with Dean Edwards, Tempe Improv
- November 21: Mukesh Kapila: Against a Tide of Evil; November 22: Bernard LaFayette Jr.: In Peace and Freedom, Changing Hands Bookstore
- November 22: Music in the Garden: The Cal Tjader Tribute Band, Desert Botanical Garden
- November 22: Celebratory Catalog Launch: Artist Miguel Palma, ASU Art Museum
- November 22: Finally Friday: Blaine Long; November 22: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Right Wing, Left Wing, Tempe Center for the Arts
- November 22: Elvis Before Noon, Sixth Street east of Mill Avenue
- November 22: ASU Guitar Ensembles, ASU Organ Hall
- November 22: Snake Burner; November 23: Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- November 22-23: Emerging Artists II: Choreographer Tricia Ragsdale, ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center
- November 22: Kenny Holland; November 23: Tony Corrales Band, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- November 22: Tony Putrino; November 23: M Squared, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- November 22-24: ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Presents Smile, ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre
- November 22-24: Iliza Shlesinger, Tempe Improv
- November 23: Amanda Brecker, Tempe Center for the Arts
- November 23: ASU Pan Devils Steel Band, ASU Katzin Concert Hall
- November 23: Music on the Menu: A Foodraiser for Tempe’s Homeless, Tempe History Museum
- November 23-December 22: Childsplay Presents The Velveteen Rabbit, Tempe Center for the Arts
- November 23: Cash’d Out: A Tribute to Johnny Cash; November 24: All That Remains, Marquee Theatre
- November 24: ASU African Drum Ensemble, ASU Katzin Concert Hall
- November 24: ASU Wind Bands: Around the World in 80 Minutes, ASU Gammage