Taisha Estrada, the 2nd place winner of this year’s Ella Fitzgerald international jazz vocal competition will be appearing with piano wunderkind Jose Andre of the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. Together they will perform a selection of bossa, bolero and ballads popularized in South American music. Come take a musical adventure and explore contemporary songs from Mexico to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia.
José André is a Bolivian pianist who taught himself how to play piano from a very young age. He is a musician who flavors his tunes with Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies. Despite his very young age he has already delighted audiences from prestigious festivals and concert halls across the Americas. When he was nine years old he performed at The John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, in Wash-ington DC since then he has performed at the DC Jazz Festival, Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, and other venues. He had the privilege to shared stage with, Marcus Miller, Jason Moran and Renee Fleming among others. His talent has led him to be on the list for the piano chair in many big bands including the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra, the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and the NJW All-Star Jazz Orchestra. When in middle school he has been part of the DCPS Honors Ensemble.