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Mari Nobre - Lead Singer

 Mari is an explosive and sensual combination of Jazz and Latin flavor. She is a passionate, naturally gifted vocalist and songwriter who comes from a creative Latin and Jazz background and has worked with very well known names of the music business.

Mari starts to sing and act professionally as a child performing as an opening act for Italian star Amedeo Minghi. She is hired for her first national tour at the age of fourteen. One year later, she starts serious opera training with a maestro of the San Carlo Theatre of Naples; she later continues her classical education attending the Music Conservatory for three years. At the same time she cultivates her interest in popular music, studying jazz technique and performing live for years both as a background vocalist as well as a solo artist. Her versatility leads her to express her acting talent in classical theatre and to a steady career as a host of many TV shows. Soon RCA notices her and hires her to work in Milan on Latin pop recording projects, which appeared numerous times on the billboard. Her great interest for World Music and Jazz encouraged her to move to New York where her ability as a songwriter creates her own original band (Passion Latina) and where she performs with several R&B, Pop and Salsa bands like the "Latin All Stars", "E. Breton Salsa ensemble" and members of the "Chico O’Farrell Orchestra" to name a few.

She enriches her musical experience performing and learning from true legends of the Latin Jazz scene like Celia Cruz, Mario Rivera, Paquito di Rivera, Dave Valentin, and many others.

She also works with several NY producers as a singer and a songwriter, among which Jeanne Ricks (Aretha Franklyn) and Arturo Ortiz (Ricky Martin).

Mari's talent and versatility earns her a respected acting career as well. She becomes a member of the Screen Actors Guild and she performs in New York as a lead actress on some TV Shows and movies among which "Hitch" with Will Smith, as well as commercials for Sony. She also acquires extensive experience as a voice over and works for several major video and audio projects with Random House, Living Language and many others.

Mari is one of the few singers who can sing in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French. She always shows a great versatility and stage presence. She has recently performed in Brazil with world known musicians currently touring with names like Djavan and Ivan Lins. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she performs with her exciting and sophisticated World/Jazz band "Nobresil" and her sensual acoustic Latin-pop band "Alma Latina". Her events are often promoted by major radios like the WAVE Smooth Jazz or K-Jazz. Latin Grammy awarded, Brazilian bass player Leo Nobre  (Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Shakira) is currently the musical director of her band Nobresil. Mari has recently released her captivating and irresistible CD "Nobresil- In Brazil" arranged by twice Grammy nominated musician and composer Jovino Santo Netos. She is currently planning an amazing World tour with Nobresil and releasing her new promo CD "Alma Latina" in Spanish with the special participation of breath taking guitar player Dan Sistos and spectacular Argentinean pianist Pablo Medina. She is currently writing new original songs for Nobresil's next CD and she is gathering the best musicians on the scene. Nobresil CD release party was such a success that the prestigious Smooth Jazz Magazine offered to officially sponsor and feature the band. Nobresil's first CD "In Brazil"is now played on 750 radio throughout United States as well as in Central Europe and in Italy. The band was recently the headliner performer for the opening night of the famous Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival sharing the stage with star Bebel Gilberto who opened the show for Nobresil! 

Leo Nobre - Bassist

Leo Nobre the lead guitarist for Nobresil Leo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where at an early age was exposed to several kinds of music through his parents and surroundings. Leo attended the American School of Rio de Janeiro, where he joined many bands and explored many different instruments. He started to study music (theory, acoustic nylon guitar and bass) more seriously, and soon was performing locally with many artists from Brazil. After high school he decided to pursue his music studies further and was accepted to the University of Miami School of Music. He studied theory, piano, arranging, and composition. He focused his studies on jazz and also studied upright bass and classical with Dr. Lucas Drew. After attending University of Miami from 1989 until 1994, he started touring, performing, and recording with many artists. Here is some of the work he has done since then:


• 2009 – teaches at Los Angeles Music Academy since 2002• 2008 – toured internationally with Rafael Amargo’s Flamenco Dance Co. Top Flamenco dance group from Spain• 2007 – performed/toured with Sergio Mendes Brasil 2007

• 2006 – performed on Jay Leno’s Tonight show with Sergio Mendes and the Black Eyed Peas

• 2006 – featured in the May issue of Bass Player magazine• 2006 – performed/toured with Sergio Mendes Brasil 2006

• 2006 – recorded on Sergio Mendes’ Grammy awarded CD “Timeless” on tracks with Stevie Wonder and Jill Scott, produced by will. i. am.

• 2005 – performed/toured with Sergio Mendes Brasil 2005• 2004 – performed/toured with Sergio Mendes Brasil 2004

• 2003 - teaches at LAMA and tours with Delmar Brown (Jaco Pastorius, Gil Evans Orchestra and Sting)

• 2002 – teaches at the Modern Music School in Los Angeles• 2001 – performed/toured with instrumental group Outdance, including jazz festivals

• 2000 – toured/performed with Julio Iglesias Jr.

• 1999 – toured/performed with Donato & Estefano (n. 1 songwriters for that year on Billboard)

• 1998 – performed live and on TV with Shakira

• 1997 – toured/performed with Donato & Estefano

• 1994-1997 – toured and performed worldwide with Nil Lara (Capital Records-Metro Blue artist)

• Throughout these years Leo has performed in several worldwide jazz festivals such as North Sea (Holland), Umbria (Italy), Montreaux (Switzerland), Copenhagen (Denmark), Vitoria (Spain), Java (Indonesia), Cancun (Mexico), Detroit, San Jose, and the Pasadena Playboy jazz festival. Leo has also participated/performed in many fundraisers and volunteer works such as, Aids Walk (Central Park, NYC), feed the homeless (thanksgiving in several shelters), cerebral palsy cliniques, Pasadena Shelter, and others.

• He is also recording his CD and recently arranged and released Nobresil's CD with great success. He is already working on new compositions, which he plans to release this year.

• You can catch him performing with Mari Nobre and the E-Motion band, Nobresil, and many other artists.

Enzo Todesco - Drums

Born in Zurich, Switzerland at age sixteen Enzo began touring with Top Pop, Jazz and Funk Bands. Enzo moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to attend the Percussion Institute of Technology (PIT). Upon his Graduation in 1985, he was voted OUTSTADING STUDENT OF THE YEAR and was invited to the PIT Faculty. He taught at MI for over ten years.
Enzo has established his Reputation as a World Class Drummer, and All-Around Musician through his Impeccable Technique, Feel and Professionalism.
His Recordings include "Live at the Roxy" with Michel Polnareff which was a Number One, Hit Record in France for Five Weeks. 
Enzo has been interviewed and reviewed in all the Major Drum Magazines, including Cover Features for Publications in France and Italy.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

Young Drummers Contest (1985) - 1st Place in All Styles.
Los Angeles Musicians Union - Best Young Drummer of the Year (1985). Judges: Peter Donald, Chad Wackerman, Gregg Bissonette, Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey and Steve Houghton.
Graduate - Percussion Institute of Technology - OUTSTANDING DRUMMER OF THE YEAR - One Year Certificate Program (1985) Graduated with Honors.


ENDORSEMENTS: 

DW Drums & Hardware & Pedals
Paiste Cymbals 
Vater Brushes & Stix 
Remo Heads
ROC & SOC Drumthrones
LP Percussion

MAGAZINE ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS:

Modern Drummer, USA
Music Connection, Los Angeles, USA
Batteur, France (Cover/Feature Article)
Percussioni, Italy (Cover/Feature Article)
Drums & Percussion, Germany
Workshop, Switzerland
Slagwerkkrant, Holland
Batterie, France. 



Enzo regularly performs and records with some of the World's finest Musicians and Artists around the World among which:

Gino Vannelli
Randy Crawford
Neville Brothers & Dr. John
Albert Lee
Michael Ruff with
Sheryl Crow
Ray Brown Jr. with
Dionne Warwick
Maurice White
Patrice Rushen
Abraham Laboriel
Paul Jackson Jr.
Terry Gibbs
Maria Muldaur
Dr. Lonnie Smith
David “Fathead” Newman
Sophie Hawkins
Freda Payne 
Paul Williams
Jane Monheit and
James Moody.
Boney James
Stormin Norman
Dan Siegel
Sheila E.
Tommy Vicari
Frank Gambale Group
Michel Polnareff
James Ingram
L.Subramanium
Toninho Horta
Ricardo Silveira
Siedah Garrett
Kevyn Letteau
Kleber Jorge
Clare Fischer
Jeff Berlin & Vox Humana
Guiherme Vergueiro Brazilian Big Band with 
Wayne Shorter
Hubert Laws
Siedah Garrett
Kevyn Letteau
Stix Hooper
Bennie Maupin
Billy Childs
Phil Perry
Bill Meyers
Victor Bailey 
Warren Hill
Scott Henderson
Richie Cole
Ray Armando
Gerald Albright
Freddie Ravel
Grant Geissman
Sekou Bunch
“Wah Wah” Watson
Ernie Watts
Frank Marocco
Wilton Felder
Oscar Castro-Neves
Alphonso Johnso
Bob Sheppard
John Beasley
David Garfield
Nathan East
Russell Ferrante
Mitch Forman 
Larry Dunn
Charles Floyd
Ronnie Foster


Kleber Jorge - Guitar, Vocals

 

Carioca,native of Rio de Janeiro,Kleber Jorge comes from a family rich in a musical tradition that passed by song , and it was not long before his innate musical talents were recognized and nurtured.

The Brazilian musician ventured beyond his own borders in the mid-1980's to tour Miami and soon thereafter he entertained in Paris at Palais de Sport for a month run.

Returning to his home town by 1988 , after several years of performing in south America , Kleber decided move to Los Angeles to further develop his musical skills.

He studied guitar under Ted Greene and later arranging with respected master Moacir Santos and ultimately formed his own group , touring California to delight of many west coast audiences. Still based in LA., Kleber has since recorded and performed with a variety of World -renowned musicians, including :Sergio Mendes, Dory Caymmi, John Patitucci, Boney James, Sadao Watanabe, Kevyn Lettau, Andy Narell, Jane Monheit, Kevin Toney, Lisa Ono, Chris Benett, Rita Lee, Leny Andrade, Eddy flash, among others. 

He released his first solo album" Voltar pro Rio "on Sonic Images jazz and now reissues the retitled album,  " Trovador "on Moondo Records. Kleber continues tour with Sergio Mendes group and still play his own engagements.                                             

 

Gibi Dossantos - Percussion

Marco Dos Santos Aka “Gibi” was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, which is the center of all Afro-Brazilian culture. Exposed to this rich heritage in his childhood, Gibi was introduced to capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian dance/martial art form) and candombler. This discipline led to other expressions of dance in the form of Afro-Brazilian styles and folkloric performances. Gibi was a lead member of the renound Brazilian dance company “Bahia Axe Bahia” and received much recognition there for his contribution as and outstanding and skilled performer. He also was one of the original members, as a percussionist, of the very successful Brazilian group “Timbalada”1989. Gibi has performed with many folkloric groups in Bahia and the United States playing capoeira and percussion. He relocated to the United States in 1998 thanks to his brother Meia Noite, also a very talented percussionist, who introduced him to Sergio Mendes. Both worked together in the Sergio Mendes band for many years.

Since Gibi moved to the U.S., he has been successfully teaching, performing, and demonstrating his elite skills. He is currently working on many different projects. Gibi regularly performs with groups and artist such as Sergio Mendes, Airto Moreira, Afro Brazil, and Vivir Brazil Dance Company all over. He has performed with Sergio Mendes all other the world as a percussionist and has contributed in his last three albums (Timeless, Bom tempo, and Encanto). He has currently worked with great artists such as Kayne West, Enrique Iglesias, Airto Moreira, Luis Conte, Giovanni Hidalgo as well as Lorenzo Jovanotti.Also, he has participated as a percussionist in the sound tracks of the movie “RIO” and the video game “Angry Birds.”

Otmaro Ruiz - Piano

Considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the current scene, venezuelan Otmaro Ruiz is known for its versatility and virtuosity. After working intensively in Venezuela with artists such as Soledad Bravo and Ilan Chester, Otmaro moves to Los Angeles in 1989 to join the group of great names of the jazz world such as Alex Acuña, Justo Almario y Abraham Laboriel, with whom still collaborates in diverse projects.
With an intense musical career, filled with concerts, workshops and recordings worldwide, Otmaro worked for 5 years with Dianne Reeves as a pianist and musical director. During this period, Otmaro participated in the recording project of her CD “In The Moment – Live in Concert”, which won the Grammy Award 2001. In that same year, Alex Acuna’s album “Acuarelas de Tambores, also with Otmaro’s collaboration, was nominated to a Grammy. His collaboration with Weston Woods Studios for the Scholastic Series of animated children videos have won important recognitions like the "2004 Audie Award" in the Children Production Category and Bronze Remi at the 2004 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival (for the Soundtrack of "Chato and The Party Animals"); Otmaro also received a Life Time Special Award “International Exposure” from the Venezuelan National Artist’s Institute (for outstanding career in a foreign country). In 2012, Otmaro was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Musical Arts from Shepherd University.

The long list of re-known musicians with whom Otmaro works, constantly confirms his versatility, proving that this jazz giant sails with ease in many different styles, from Straight-Ahead jazz to Pop-Rock, from the most authentic Salsa & Afro-Cuban to the most exciting Fusion, with unusual ability to express his own language both at the acoustic piano and in the electronic world of synthesizers. Among these amazing artists: John McLaughlin, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, John Patitucci, Paquito D’Rivera, Jing Chi, Nana Caymmi, Dori Caymmi, Akira Jimbo, Frank Gambale, Peter Erskine, David Weckl, Art Davis Quintet, Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Alain Caron, Gino Vannelli, Tolu, Frank Morgan, Robben Ford, Vinnie Colaiuta and Jon Anderson.

Regarded as one of the most sought-after keyboardists for recordings in today’s scene, Otmaro is still able to dedicate time to teaching, scoring of movie sound-tracks and to the production of his works as a leader with original compositional material, captured in the CDs “Otmaro Ruiz plays Ryuichi Sakamoto”, “Distant Friends”, “Nothing to Hide”, “Latino” and in his most recent album “Sojourn”. Released in September 2008, Sojourn encompasses the rhythmic complexity, harmonic sophistication and melodic beauty of his most recent compositions, under the architecture of a constant equilibrium, and presented with his own quartet, with the talented Jimmy Branly (drums), Carlos Del Puerto (acoustic bass) y Ben Wendel (saxophones and bassoon). Currently, Otmaro is a Jazz Piano Faculty at University of Southern California (USC), at Shepherd University School of Music and is also invited frequently as a guest clinician at Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) and Musicians Institute (MI).

Otmaro Ruiz enjoys a US support deal from KAWAI Pianos and proudly endorses products from the following companies: LP (Latin Percussion), ART, RADIAL ENGINEERING, MACKIE, ZOOM, PRIMACOUSTIC, US MUSIC CORP (QuikLok, Washburn Guitars), SCARBEE and ILIO/SPECTRASONIC.

Venezuelan pianist Otmaro Ruíz was born in Caracas in 1964, and took up both classical guitar and piano at age eight. He studied biology in college, but kept playing keyboards on the side, landing his first professional gig in a pop band in 1980. Three years later, he dropped out of school to focus exclusively on music, and started playing with a variety of jazz and pop artists. In 1986, he joined an advertising production company, where he wrote, arranged, recorded, and/or produced jingles for TV and radio on a daily basis for the next three years. In the meantime, he also played, arranged, and served as musical director behind numerous Venezuelan artists. In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, where he completed his master's degree at the California Institute of the Arts. In the meantime, he began playing with percussionist Alex Acuña, appearing on two albums during the early '90s. That association led to countless session gigs and sideman performances over the next decade, both local and otherwise; a versatile player, he was able to work in straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, salsa, fusion, and pop/rock contexts. His highest-profile engagement was a mid-'90s jaunt with Arturo Sandoval, which was followed in 1996 by a world tour supporting Gino Vannelli; he also supported rock musicians like Jon Anderson (lead singer of Yes) and Robbie Robertson. In the meantime, Ruíz also recorded several albums for Japanese labels; 1991's Otmaro Ruiz Plays Ryuichi Sakamoto was never issued in America, but 1993's Distant Friends was released on the Moo label three years later. Its follow-up, Nothing to Hide, was recorded in 1996 and released in the U.S. in 1998, again by Moo. Ruíz worked with Herb Alpert and John McLaughlin in the late '90s, and as the new millennium dawned, he embarked on a tour of duty with singer Dianne Reeves.
Read more at http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/bio/otmaro-ru-z/487828#wPVze1hsWPA9HGR7.99
Venezuelan pianist Otmaro Ruíz was born in Caracas in 1964, and took up both classical guitar and piano at age eight. He studied biology in college, but kept playing keyboards on the side, landing his first professional gig in a pop band in 1980. Three years later, he dropped out of school to focus exclusively on music, and started playing with a variety of jazz and pop artists. In 1986, he joined an advertising production company, where he wrote, arranged, recorded, and/or produced jingles for TV and radio on a daily basis for the next three years. In the meantime, he also played, arranged, and served as musical director behind numerous Venezuelan artists. In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, where he completed his master's degree at the California Institute of the Arts. In the meantime, he began playing with percussionist Alex Acuña, appearing on two albums during the early '90s. That association led to countless session gigs and sideman performances over the next decade, both local and otherwise; a versatile player, he was able to work in straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, salsa, fusion, and pop/rock contexts. His highest-profile engagement was a mid-'90s jaunt with Arturo Sandoval, which was followed in 1996 by a world tour supporting Gino Vannelli; he also supported rock musicians like Jon Anderson (lead singer of Yes) and Robbie Robertson. In the meantime, Ruíz also recorded several albums for Japanese labels; 1991's Otmaro Ruiz Plays Ryuichi Sakamoto was never issued in America, but 1993's Distant Friends was released on the Moo label three years later. Its follow-up, Nothing to Hide, was recorded in 1996 and released in the U.S. in 1998, again by Moo. Ruíz worked with Herb Alpert and John McLaughlin in the late '90s, and as the new millennium dawned, he embarked on a tour of duty with singer Dianne Reeves.
Read more at http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/bio/otmaro-ru-z/487828#wPVze1hsWPA9HGR7.99

Justo Almario - Flute/Sax

a multitalented master saxophonist , flutist, clarinetist, composer, arranger and clinician, has a long list of distinguished accomplishments. His style is a fusion of Jazz, South American, and other world rhythms which are a reflection of his own elegant yet humble style. Mr. Almario’s mesmerizing sounds have been heard in Grammy-Award winning works such as Linda Ronstadt’s “Frenesi,” Placido Domingo’s “A Mi Alma Latina,” Luis Miguel’s “Romance,” Andrae Crouch’s “Mercy,” and Isreal Lopez Cachao’s “Master Sessions” & “Ahora Si;” as well as the Oscar-winning soundtracks from Happy Feet and Sideways.
Mr. Almario’s playing has been featured on diverse projects, such as Queen Latifah’s “Living Outloud,” Jennifer Lopez’s hit HBO Special “Let’s Get Loud,” Andy Garcia’s “The Lost City,” and John Turturo’s “Romance and Cigarette” staring Susan Sarandon and James Gadolfini. Mr. Almario has also been featured on various Platinum and Gold records and soundtracks, including “More Dirty Dancing”, “Wow Worship,” and Ron Kenoly’s “Lift Him Up.”

In 2002, while joining the ranks of Cedar Walton, Terrence Blanchard and Joe Lovano, Mr. Almario became an integral part of the Newport Jazz Festival Tour, produced by George Wein. Additional performance credits include Patrice Rushen’s Grammy Award orchestra, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Ayers, Diane Reeves, George Duke, Sergio Mendes, Billy Higgins, Tito Puente, Machito, Dave Grusin,

Ndugu Chancler, Kenny Burrell, Master P, Bebe Winans, Queen Latifah, Charles Mingus, Chaka Kahn, Herb Alpert, Bobby Shew, and many others.

He has also produced, co-lead and played on TOLU’s “Rumbero’s Poetry” as well as Grammy-nominated album, “El Bongo de Van Gogh”. Mr. Almario’s latest album, “Love Thy Neighbor”, features his quartet playing original compositions as well as rare standards.

A man for all seasons, Mr. Almario was the featured soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Hall’s Season Opener, where he later performed at a Christmas concert “Celebrar.” Mr. Almario’s stellar career was recently celebrated during a segment of “Stories,” a comprehensive oral history series that chronicles the evolution of jazz, at the legendary drummer Billy Higgins’ World Stage. Currently, Mr. Almario is working on an album that is meant to celebrate his tenured career spanning 45 years in the industry.

A native of Colombia, Mr. Almario went from child protégé to virtuoso. Mr. Almario was primarily influenced by John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bartok, Debussy and Bach. He studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music before doing a stint with Mongo Santamaria as the band’s musical director. He has also taught at the Henry Mancini Institute and has mentored inner city youth during workshops at the World Stage. These days, he teaches saxophone in the Jazz Department at UCLA’s Music School.

Grammy winning Albums:

2004 Cachao’s:Ahora Si
1998 Romance – Luis Miguel
1994 Andrae Crouch’s – Mercy
1994 Cachao’s: Master Sessions Vol. 1

Solo Albums:
2003 Tranquil Moods: Prelude
2003 Tranquil Moods: Forever Friends
1995 Count Me In
1994 Justo Almario & Abraham Laboriel
1992 Heritage
1989 Family Time
1987 Plumbline
1985 Forever Friends
1981 Interlude

Also Appears On:

2011 Mongorama
2010 Bom Tempo – Sergio Mendes
2008 Encanto – Sergio Mendes
Wave-Aid: The First Three Years
2004 …Compared to What?
2003 Jazz from the Heart
2003 Latin Jazz Christmas
2003 Tranquil Moods [Delta Box]
2002 Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta (Smithsonian Institute)
2001 Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars, Vol. 2
2001 Playboy’s Latin Jazz Christmas: A Not So Silent Night
2000 Bill Cantos: Who are you
2000 Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars, Vol. 1
2000 Latin Jazz: Hot & Cool! [Music Club]
1999 Just the Ticket
1999 Melodies for Meditation
1998 Uno Melodic Story
1996 Selah, Vol. 2: Original Improvisations of the Holy