Brazilian Jazz vocalist Kevyn Lettau performed recently at the opening of the much-awaited Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival (PI Jazzfest) in Eastwood City, together with other renowned jazz performers such as The Brass Munkeys, Dino Fiumara, Dave Eggar with Deoro and The Executive Band.
Besides jazzing up the PI Jazzfest's kickoff, Lettau will also conduct series of jazz workshops and will perform in one of the festival's main events, the International Jazz Gala on February 26 at the Rockwell Tent.
Globally recognized as a vocalist with a unique personal style, Lettau has blended many different popular song elements into the jazz idiom. She got her big break when legendary Brazilian pianist and bandleader, Sergio Mendes, discovered her in 1984. From then on, she toured and recorded with Mendes that lasted for eight years, developing her own vocal style along the way. Al Jarreau was also her mentor and friend and Kevyn has toured and performed regularly with him over the years.
Kevyn has also worked and recorded with many great musicians including Russell Ferrante (keyboardist of the Yellowjackets), Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Bill Cantos, Yutaka, Jeff Lorber, Peter Sprague and many more.
Meanwhile, premier lifestyle channel Lifetsyle Network will once again partake in PI Jazzfest, as it brings renowned British contemporary jazz band Acoustic Alchemy and other world class musicians in an event dubbed as “ABS-CBN Jazz Gala” on February 24, 6p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Resorts World Manila.
The PI Jazzfest is this year’s biggest gathering of the local and international jazz artists. Tickets for the PI Jazzfest are sold in all Ticketnet outlets nationwide. For inquiries logon to www.pijazzfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.