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THE 222 1 Year Anniversary with Romero Lubambo, Chico Pinheiro, Claudia Villela & Pamela Driggs

Join us in celebrating THE 222’s one year anniversary!

The evening begins with a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by Brazilian jazz guitar and vocal virtuosity, as Romero Lubambo and Chico Pinheiro return for a second night’s performance – this time with the unique Brazilian singer, pianist and composer Claudia Villela and vocal favorite Pamela Driggs. The New York Times describes Claudia Villela’s voice as ”remarkable, beautiful, towering.” Driggs’ voice has been called “impeccably gorgeous.”

About the Musicians

Romero Lubambo

Romero Lubambo’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazil with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them. Ernest Barteldes of All About Jazz named him "One of the best acoustic jazz guitarists alive today." An acclaimed composer and performer of his own works, Lubambo has also performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Billie Eilish, Angelique Kidjo, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D'Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano. Learn about his recordings here.

Chico Pinheiro

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Chico Pinheiro is an exceptional guitarist with a beautiful sound and great fluidity, and a unique composer that blends Brazilian Music, Classical Music, and Jazz. He was nominated twice for an American Grammy® (in 2019 & 2020).

His first album, Meia Noite Meio Dia (Sony Music/ 2003), and second album Chico Pinheiro (Biscoito Fino/ 2005), both made 'Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year' in Brazil’s major media. His album, There's a Storm Inside (CT Music Japan/ Sunnyside Records, NY, 2010), won prizes as Best Brazilian Jazz Album of the year and Best Latin Jazz Composition of 2010.

Today, Chico Pinheiro is a leading figure in the Brazilian music scene. Alongside his main projects as leader, he has collaborated with artists including Placido Domingo, Brad Mehldau, Dave Grusin, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Danilo Pérez, Nnenna Freelon, Herbie Hancock, Brian Blade (IJD), Ron Carter, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The Paris Jazz Big Band, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, The Seasons Guitar Quartet with Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage & Steve Cardenas, Esperanza Spalding, Joyce, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Chico César, Ed Motta, César Camargo Mariano, Elza Soares, Luciana Souza, Monarco, Mark Turner, Tom Scott, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eddie Gomez, Gary Novak, Lee Ritenour, Abraham Laboriel, Paulinho da Costa, Sammy Figueroa, Cachaíto Lopez, Roberto Fonseca, Ari Hoenig, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Peter Erskine, and Giovani Hidalgo.

Claudia Villela

Claudia Villela’s five-octave voice is lithe and startlingly beautiful in every register. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro she sings mostly in Portuguese, interpreting lyrics with keen emotional insight, and supple rhythmic command while drawing on a range of Brazilian traditions from samba and bossa nova, to the carnival groove partido alto, and baiao. She is a supremely inventive scat singer, having honed a vivid vocabulary of sounds. "Claudia Villela has long been a superior jazz singer...haunting voice, very wide range and an adventurous spirit."  - Los Angeles Jazz Scene

Villela is also an expressive pianist and percussionist as well as composer and lyricist, with an astonishing body of original material as well as a repertoire from the Brazilian songbook. She has recorded with tenor sax titan Michael Brecker, bass virtuoso Harvie Swartz (now Harvie S) and revered Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta, who all play on her 1996 album Supernova. The same year, her album Asa Verde earned her a nomination for Jazz Singer of the Year by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD). 2003 marked the release of InverseUniverse (Adventure Music), a program of original pieces created with her longtime collaborator, Rio-born guitarist Ricardo Peixoto. The harmonica contributions of guest star Toots Thielemans fulfilled Villela’s ambition of working with jazz’s foremost aficionado of Brazilian music. In 2004, Villela delivered a breathtaking session of spontaneous invention with the lavishly praised 2004 duo session DreamTales (Adventure Music), featuring pianist Kenny Werner.

Pamela Driggs

A Nevada native, vocalist Pamela Driggs’ life-long passion for Brazilian music led her to Salvador, Bahia, where she honed her knowledge of Portuguese and the rhythms and melodies of Brazil. Said Mark Holston of Jazziz magazine, "Pamela’s voice is a remarkable instrument, defining the bittersweet edge of the Brazilian style with deft perfection and a natural ease that is totally disarming".

Back in the United States, Pamela formed and fronted the Brazilian jazz group Brasilia with composer/drummer Ted Moore. That collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed Brasilia CD River Wide (Kokopelli). Driggs recorded a solo album in 2000 with Midnight Sun, on the Aosis label. It highlighted Pamela's versatility, allowing her to swing from American standards to Brazilian classics, pop originals to bossa nova. Itacuruçá (Aosis), also a solo recording, was released in October 2002. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro, it too blends American and Brazilian music, standard and original compositions, with a rhythm section made up of the best Brazilian jazz players in the world.

Pamela has performed throughout the United States and South America and recorded and performed with many outstanding artists including Sadao Watanabe, Herbie Mann, Nana Vasconcelos, Cesar Camargo Mariano, and Cyro Baptista. She also works closely with Romero Lubambo (her husband) composing music and lyrics and performing together with their guitar/voice duo.

 Listen: Claudia Villela with Chico Pinheiro

Listen: Pamela Driggs with Rumero Lubambo

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