On Sunday, January 22, 2023, Blues Alley hosts “Elin Sings Regina,” an unforgettable Brazilian jazz experience.
World-renowned vocalist Elin Kathleen Melgarejo of Peruvian and Irish heritage originally hails from Sweden, where she was born and raised. She became the lead singer of Norrköping’s Big Band at the age of 19 before hitting up Miami’s jazz scene while simultaneously earning her degree at the University of Miami. In addition to providing vocals for D.C. electronica outfit, Thievery Corporation, Elin’s passion for Brazillian music inspired her lifelong journey to perform Brazilian jazz around the world.
Elis Regina, Brazil’s most renowned singer, had a successful career spanning 20 years before it was tragically cut short by her death at 36. Beginning as a young artist, she went on to record albums and songs with some of Brazil’s most famous composers, singers, and musicians, such as Jobim, Milton Nascimento, João Bosco, Chico Buarque, and Gilberto Gil. She is also known for her iconic rendition of O Bêbado e a Equilibrista, which is considered a pseudo-national anthem in Brazil.
Given Elin’s appreciation for Brazillian music, it isn’t any wonder she would be beyond inspired by Elis Regina’s work. She plans on producing a tribute album to be called, “A Brazilian Heart and Soul: The Elis Regina Tribute” featuring arrangements by Latin Grammy-nominee Antonio Adolfo.
Elin Sings Elis Regina will feature songs Elis Regina recorded in all three stages of her career: the early years, the middle, and the final years.
Tickets for either the 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. performance are available on InstantSeats for $25.
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