by Bill Forman
But an act that’s very well known here in town, and will be holding court in the Broadmoor hotel bar tonight (Friday) at 11 p.m., is also making waves outside its native Colorado Springs.
Mistura Bela, fronted by Canadian emigrant Barbara Ernst (she moved to the Springs at the age of 6), will top the opening night bill at this year’s Estes Park Colorado Jazz Fest, which will be held May 15-16.
Here’s the writeup from the event’s website, where you’ll also find all the necessary details:
Headlining Saturday is the Brazilian jazz group Mistura Bela with Barbara Ernst. Sunday the festival headliner will be High Note Records recording artist Houston Person, a soul-jazz tenor sax player.
Canadian born vocalist and guitarist Barbara Ernst grew up listening to her parents’ collection of great swing and jazz classics of the 20s, 30s and 40s. As a young musician she made her way to the west coast of the U.S.; first the Bay Area and then Seattle. She was greatly influenced by and became an accomplished musician within these thriving music scenes. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Barbara sings romantic Spanish ballads and Bossa Novas with true authenticity and brings her own unique touch to some of our jazz standards. She has performed at festivals and in clubs in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Mexico, has toured in Asia and Africa and twice performed at the Winter Music Festival in Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil.
Teamed with her highly accomplished six-piece Brazilian jazz group, Mistura Bela, Barbara delights audiences with performances encompassing the beauty, excitement and romance of Bossa Nova, Samba and Brazilian Jazz. Barbara’s latest album with Mistura Bela, April Child, is on the Circle 504 record label.
Ernst will also be performing at the Cucuru Gallery this Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The rest of this year’s Broadmoor lineup includes Al Jarreau, Spencer Day, Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum. Check here
for more info.