Helio Alves and the Brazilian Collective Jazz Trio

Helio Alves of the Brazilian Jazz Trio

This year’s San Miguel Jazz Festival was kicked off last night at the Peralta Theater with a wonderful performance by Helio Alves and the Brazilian Collective Jazz Trio. For those of you who are not familiar with this brilliant pianist and composer, Alves was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1966 and moved to Boston to study at Berkeley College of Music, eventually moving to New York City in 1993. In addition to his many other recordings, Alves was the pianist on Grammy-winning releases by Yo-Yo Ma (Obrigado Brazil, 2003) and Paquito D’Rivera (Brazilian Dreams, 2002). He has more information, and you can immediately listen to some of his music, just by clicking on the Helio Alves website.

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