May 10 Mainstream Jazz: Felix Sainz & Friends


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Felix Sainz – bass/guitar/vocals, Frank Smith – sax/flute/piano, Miro DeSa – drums/percussion
Mother’s Day Eve concert featuring Felix Sainz &Friends
Kick off your Mother’s Day celebration with an evening of love songs and boleros. Native Phoenician Felix Sainz (bass, acoustic guitar & vocals) teams up with Frank Smith (sax, flute, & piano) & Ermiro DeSa (drums & percussion) to warm your heart with jazz favorites sprinkled with a Latin flair. Concert attendees will receive a free music sampler CD of Felix’s soon-to-be released album with each ticket purchased.

FELIX B. SAINZ, JR. (bass)

Upright and electric bass, percussion, and vocals. He also performs classic guitar and vocals as a soloist or a duo. Felix is an in-demand bassist in the Valley. He has performed with The Dennis Rowland Jazz  Experience, Diana Lee, Beth Lederman Jazz con Alma, Novomundo, Trio Three Eighty, Rachel Eckroth, Rebecca de la Torre, Rene Patrick, Tera Crisalida, Quetzal Guerrero, Amanda Soares, Pamela Driggs,Pam Morita, Jan Sandwich, Sherry Roberson, Carmela Ramirez,Delphine Cortez, Margo Reed, Francine Reed, Charles Lewis, Fred Forney, Joe Corral, CC Jones, Show Stoppers Live, The Swing Tips,The Red Mountain Big Band, Dave Cook, Prince Shell, Richie Oropeza, Art Pepper, Mose Allison and Lou Rawls, and toured with Zum Zum Zum,Walt Richardson and the Morning Star Band, Dan Pinson and Sister Sledge.

MIRO DE SÁ (drums and percussion)

Having played drums since his youth in the late 60s, this Brazilian drummer has gotten all of the necessary experience, plus the expertise to be well known and respected by many of the best musicians in his home town of Rio de Janeiro. Over many years he has played a large variety of styles, including “Rock’n Roll”, funk, samba and authentic reggae among African musicians. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, he, of course, is a specialist in all different samba styles, and in the use of most hand percussion instruments. Originally from the northeast of the country, he learned very early about the culture and musical influence of that region which is the homeland of “Baião.” In the eternal “Bossa Nova” style, he has been lucky to play with and learn from some of the original creators of this movement. For the last five years, jazz has been the main target of his studies and dedication. In 1993, he graduated with honors from the Percussion Insititute of Technology at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Since then, he has been playing with some of the most recognized jazz musicians in the southwest and has participated in several jazz events such as The Paradise Valley Jazz Party, Chandler Jazz Festival, Glendale Jazz festival and many others.

FRANK SMITH (Flute and Sax)

Frank has a Bachelor’s degree in music composition. More importantly however, are the 40 years of professional experience. Frank has played with a wide range of internationally known stars. Here are just a few of the names: Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Coasters, Frankie Valle, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Diamonds, The Fifth Dimension etc. In addition he has been a featured soloist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and was the woodwind soloist on the Network Television series “Evening Shade.” Also, Frank has been the musical director of two different Religious Science Churches with 20 years of experience. Currently he is the musical director of the New Vision Center for Spiritual Living.Frank began teaching when he was in eighth grade. His skills in music influenced a number of his peers to take private lessons. He has fourteen years of experience teaching at the college level(ten of those years were at Arizona State University.)

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