Featured performer at the Hardly Strictly Jazz Jam!
The Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz trio plays on the Center Stage, from 12:45pm to 2pm
Sounds Like: Michel Camilo, McCoy Tyner, Elaine Elias, Airto, Eddie Palmieri
Bio: Michelle is a performing musician, composer, and music-book author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether performing her own compositions or her arrangements of standards, Michelle honors the roots of jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice. Her recently released lat...See Full Bio
“Think 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' has been done to death yet? You couldn't be more wrong, 'cause Michelle Pollace kicks off New Beginning with a version that interpolates Guaraldi and Brubeck, dancing the old standby through the county fair in a spring dress of pastel colors and high spirits. Her version even makes one wonder why no one's tackled it in this fashion before. All along, the song was a natural for improv, and we never even knew it. In fact, though the ground level in New Beginning is south of the border in its samba, rumba, and other manifestations, I'm highly reminded of Ahmad Jamal's, Charles Lloyd's, and others' old canons of work. ...”