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      Original contemporary jazz, Latin, Brazilian, featuring Latin-music veteran and hit songwriter, Abel Zarate!
      Abel Zarate co-wrote the hit song “Suavecito” while in Malo, which continues to be heard in movies and recordings by artists from all over the world … He wrote “Latin Lady,” which put Latin-music legend Willie Bobo back on the jazz charts … and now, for the Zarate Pollace Project (ZPP), Abel has ... read more
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      Bio

      Abel Zarate co-wrote the hit song “Suavecito” while in Malo, which continues to be heard in movies and recordings by artists from all over the world … He wrote “Latin Lady,” which put Latin-music legend Willie Bobo back on the jazz charts … and now, for the Zarate Pollace Project (ZPP), Abel has teamed up with composer/keyboardist Michelle Pollace to create a Latin/Brazilian-flavored contemporary jazz with a positive, uplifting message. ZPP gains new fans with each show played, but the music also appeals to many fans of Abel’s past work as well.


      ZPP plays live as a 4- or 5-piece band, delivering songs from the band’s debut CD “Soul Redemption,” as well as additional music slated to appear on its next CD. The band has been very well received live and has played numerous festivals in the Bay Area.

      About the principal musicians

      Abel Zarate (guitar) has played the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and Montreux and Newport Jazz Festivals and was a principal songwriter and musical contributor to the original lineup of Latin Rock band Malo. He’s played with Willie Bobo, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete, Sheila and Coke Escovedo, Cal Tjader, Carlos Santana, and more. Abel is endorsed by Fuchs Audio Technology, U.S. maker of high-end guitar amplification, and he appears in the books Voices of Latin Rock (Ron Sansoe, Jim McCarthy), The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Holly George-Warren, Patricia Romanowski, and Jon Pareles), and Country Joe and Me (Ron Cabral). He earned BMI Pop Awards Citation of Achievement for co-writing one of 1999’s most-played pop songs (Sugar Ray’s hit “Every Morning”).

      Michelle Pollace (keyboards) boasts diverse credits, including orchestra member in Lou Harrison’s internationally renowned Gamelan Si Betty (Indonesian orchestra), keyboardist in a band led by Santana’s original percussionist/arranger Chepito Areas, and co-leader of a blues-rock band with jam-band Kingfish alum. She is trained in classical, jazz, and Latin piano and has co-authored a music-education book (http://www.fretnfiddlepub.com).

      Reviews & Testimonials

      “If you enjoy Metheny, Ritenour, Scofield, Carlton, and Benson, then you’ll love what Abel’s up to musically these days. His solo lines are silky and fluid with purpose. Michelle Pollace is a dream keyboardist … what a treat she is to hear.” — Oscar Moreno, Moonflower Café gig review

      “Zarate, Pollace and their friends get it. They rise above sheer technical mastery to exhibit true compassion and beauty with every note they play.” — Joe Ross, Amazon.com CD review

      “Your music is original yet familiar at the same time ... Just the right mix of romanticism and fire.”
      — audience comment

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