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Les Sabler may have been raised in Canada - but his musical tastes took him to someplace decidedly warmer. Not only did he move to Florida in 1978, but he traveled to Brazil for a very special reason - to get closer to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
But we may be getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's rewind to the days of Concordia University in Montreal, where our widely respected guitarist received his formal training as a Jazz major. He was hungry to pursue a graduate degree in his studies, so he made a radical cultural change by attending the University of Miami. There, he immersed himself in the wildly eclectic music scene - falling in love with Latin rhythms - and one particular Brazilian artist whose work he would play for years to come .
Now, mind you, our guest had many influences from an early age. And Les has been performing and recording for quite some time - his first project was in 1989. There has been beautiful albums that have garnered true success and have enabled Les to headline or open for such notables as Spyro Gyra, Diane Schuur and a multitude of others. Also, his interpretations of Earth, Wind and Fire's "Reasons" and Sting's "Fragile" got a lot of attention. So, his career hasn't been focused on just one style or artist.
But it's this NEW CD that has been noteworthy for Les Sabler. Because of the passion involved in the journey FOR it to be made. The love for the master whose music Les captures effortlessly. And the timing for this magic to happen. "Jobim Tribute" arrives during the 50th anniversary of "The Girl From Ipanema" - and 20 years since Sabler's hero passed away.
When you travel to Brazil in order for the music to translate authentically, it means everything. That's who Les Sabler is! Join me in welcoming him on 4/22!
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