Michelle Pollace ... Latin Jazz


"Pollace’s music overflows with a strong artistic command, an authentic connection to the source material, and an infectious sense of cool...." -- by Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner, April 2013

"Nice! Excellent CD." -- Mark Levine, Latin-jazz pianist/composer ("Linda Chicana") and author of The Jazz Piano Book, and Jazz Theory Book, on Michelle’s latest CD, "New Beginning"

"Pollace brings the Latin to the jazz and creates wonderful cocktail jazz that is a gasser. ... it's clear Pollace is a real player but has no qualms about being an entertainer ..." -- Chris Spector, MidWest Record, April 2013


Michelle's music recently featured on "Piano and All That Jazz" podcast. Hear full-length songs from her new CD New Beginning HERE; and check out Mark Stevens' archives; he's a great curator of piano-centric jazz!

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Michelle is a performing musician, composer, and music-book author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether performing her own compositions or her arrangements of standards, Michelle honors the roots of  jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban music while adding a new voice. Her latest CD, New Beginning (April 2013), has garnered favorable press as well as worldwide airplay on around 200 satellite, public, and college radio stations, plus made JazzWeek's chart for "Top Adds" (among the CDs most added to playlists of chart-reporting radio stations). Recently up for Grammy consideration for "Best Latin Jazz Album," New Beginning features an all-star lineup — producer Rebeca Mauleon, a recognized Latin-music expert and renown pianist and educator; David Belove on bass; Phil Hawkins on drums; Carlos Caro on Cuban percussion; Michaelle Goerlitz on Brazilian percussion; and saxophonist Kristen Strom as guest soloist. Michelle particularly draws inspiration from the small, piano-centric combos of Michel Camilo, Hilton Ruiz, and McCoy Tyner in her latest release. Her love of melody and affinity for well-structured compositions creates a classic sound, of which critic Mark Tucker of Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange writes, “I’m highly reminded of Ahmad Jamal’s ... and others’ old canons of work.”

New: Michelle's CD has landed on "Best of 2013" lists.

Michelle and her band are able to play to the appropriate energy of many venues, from the quieter restaurant environments to the vibrant stage of an outdoor jazz festival. (Check the band's schedule.) Her band’s performances for the San Jose Jazz Society festivals and events in 2013, 2011, and 2010 were well received, and she regularly plays throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Michelle’s band often plays as a trio, but her music as well as arrangements allow for the trio to expand to include a soloist as well as additional percussion; contact Michelle to inquire about booking. You and your audience will be glad you did!

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CD: New Beginning,  $15 US

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Michelle Pollace - New Beginning CD

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