LA Jazz Society Presents: OTMARO RUIZ and CATINA DeLUNA
5903 Noble Ave
5903 Noble Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405, USA
LOS ANGELES JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS:
Grammy nominated artists
OTMARO RUIZ and CATINA DeLUNA
with Special Guest ROBERTO MONTERO on Guitar
MARK CHRISTIAN MILLER
OTMARO RUIZ is a Multi Grammy Nominated pianist, keyboardist and arranger born in Venezuela and a resident of LA for the last 30 years. Otmaro has toured most recently with Randy Brecker & Bill Evans’ SoulBop, with Simon Phillips’ Protocol 4 and with Billy Cobham. Keeping versatility as his biggest asset, Mr, Ruiz has performed from Latin Jazz with Arturo Sandoval and Tito Puente to Rock/Pop with Robbie Robertson and Gino Vannelli; from Straight Ahead Jazz as Dianne Reeves' Musical director, Frank Morgan and Billy Higgins' Quartet to the most exciting Electric Fusion with John McLaughlin, Frank Gambale and the band Protocol.
Otmaro has 6 Solo CD releases and, in the local LA scene, has participated in many recordings and film soundtracks. Otmaro was an adjunct jazz piano faculty at USC, Shepherd University and earned an Honorary Doctorate in Music in 2012. His work as Arranger/Producer was recognized by the American Academy of Recording Arts with a Nomination for the Grammy Awards 2016 (Catina DeLuna and LADO B Brazilian Project) and in 2019 with a Double Nomination at the Latin Grammys for Best Arranger and Best Jazz Album (Elemental).
Brazilian pianist, vocalist, composer and voice actress CATINA DeLUNA has enjoyed a successful and varied musical career since beginning to play the piano and sing at a young age. After completing a B.A. in Brazilian Popular Music at the prestigious UNICAMP University in São Paulo, she founded two award winning groups: the vocal group Arirê, in which she was responsible for arranging, playing piano, and singing, and the group Serenata Brasileira, playing classic Brazilian songs from the 1920’s and 30’s, in full authentic costume and style. Catina currently has two independent released CDs available, Na Era de Ouro, from Serenata Brasileira, and Brazilian Accent, her solo debut featuring classic Bossa Nova standards.
Now living in Los Angeles, she teaches music in her private studio in Santa Clarita, CA, as well as in several renowned schools and conservatories, including Shephard University, SilverLake Conservatory, Los Angeles Music Academy and University of Southern California (guest faculty), Los Angeles College of Music LACM (guest faculty). Having performed in Brazil, Japan, Singapore and the U.S., with a special repertoire based on lesser known Brazilian styles, Catina has been performing in the top jazz venues in Southern California co-leading the Group “Lado B Brazilian Project”.
In 2015 Catina DeLuna and Otmaro Ruiz Joined forces to release a highly acclaimed album "Catina DeLuna & Lado B Brazilian Project featuring Otmaro Ruiz". The record received an official GRAMMY nomination for the 2016 Grammys in the category of Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.
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