"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
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Latin jazz piano music
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 recently released 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). 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 and her band are gaining a local reputation for being 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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