Singer Kat Parra has just released her fourth album, entitled ¡Las aventuras de pasión!. It’s an imaginative and energetic hybrid of the broadest possible Latin jazz: Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, boleros, and ancient Sephardic songs sung by the Jews expelled from Iberia in the 1490s. (The instrumentation is a hybrid too: jazz horns, Latin percussion, the Japanese shakuhachi, Indian tabla and a string quartet accompany Kat’s vocals.) KUSP’s Jeff Dayton-Johnson spoke with Kat about the album, its varied musical sources, her band, the Peruvian Minister of Culture, and why she considers Kuumbwa Jazz Center the best performance venue anywhere. Kat debuts the new album Thursday August 23 at Kuumbwa.
Listen to the interview recorded at KUSP.
Read Jeff’s allaboutjazz.com review
Kat’s web site: www.katparra.com