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Estaire Godinez Birthday Bash
August 18, 2013
Oakland born vocalist and ace percussionist
Sunday, August 18
Unless you’ve already been lucky enough to hear, the first thing you probably don’t know about Estaire Godinez is that she is – by no stretch of the imagination – an international sensation. A smoldering vocalist and ace percussionist, the Oakland, California born Mexican American has recorded on more than sixty albums. And has been consistently sought after for her essential performance skills by a number of world renowned artists. From stints with Prince to Coke Escovedo to the Brothers Johnson, to George Benson, she has proven herself a stylistic chameleon capable of wearing dozens of musical hats. An they all “look” fantastic on her.
Most recently on tour with jazz guitarist extraordinaire, George Benson, her newest CD – Live from the Dakota – finds Estaire taking time to slip out the the hats and into bandleaders gloves; and she indeed shines as a stunning Latin chanteuse. Her candor and charisma dominate the proceedings- there are uproarious catcalls, sly across-stage banter, and moments of brilliant percussive improvisation. Just as often, however Godinez is happy to focus the musical spotlight on her band, which consists of Peter Schimke (piano/keyboards), Eric Leeds (sax) Mike Scott (guitar), Stokely Williams (drums) and Serge Akou (bass). Mutually appreciative of her talents, their instruments weave effortlessly in and around her conga beats, creating a hypnotic fusion of jazz, pop and Brazilian/Afro-Cuban. They all plan with seductive ease, exchanging musical flirtations with airtight execution.
Whether swing or Samba, backbeats or Boss Nova, Godinez has always been fascinated by the push and pull of different rhythmic styles, Mirroring her musical diversity, she is multilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) and has lived and performed throughout the world. By her late teens, she’d left her native California and signed on as both singer and manager for a salsa band in Amsterdam. Soon they were sharing the stage with acts like Peter Tosh and Bow-Wow-wow at the infamous Paradiso. From there it was off to Spain where she was involved in a number of projects: backing Duncan Due, Javier Ruibal, and pop star Joaquin Sabina, sitting in with house bands for popular TV shows and fronting Madrid-based all-original pop-rock mainstays, Estaire Godinez and the Face Band to name a few. She has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and at London’s International Rock Awards, and has toured extensively through Europe and South America.