We're very excited to be back at the Sorrento Hotel! It's been a few years since we've performed together at this gorgeous and historic hotel. If you've never visited the Sorrento, you owe yourself a treat. And if you have visited, you STILL owe yourself a treat, just for being you! We would love to see you there, so come join us, do!
Depending upon the weather, we'll either be out in the Garden or in the beautiful Fireside Room. (I'm willing to bet on the Fireside Room.) A word to the wise ... You might want to bring your appetites because the cuisine at the Sorrento is delicioso! And their mixologists concoct a seemingly endless variety of heady ambrosia, too!
As for the music ... JaZz standards, swing, Latin JaZz, ballads, uptempo tunes, modern JaZz, original JaZz and even a little bit of blues ...
Carolena Mátus is a classically trained singer and jazz artist, who spent the majority of her career living and performing in Las Vegas, NV, the Entertainment Capital of the World. Her distinctive vocal quality, combined with her artistic lyric interpretation and phrasing set her apart as a vocal musician of excellence.
In the mid-1980s, Mátus was introduced through a former band member to Frank Sinatra, Jr. Her respect for him, along with his passion for the music and his own multifaceted talent, greatly inspired and influenced her. Thanks to Frank’s influence, the jazz bug had bitten her; she was thoroughly hooked and her music was forever, joyfully changed. Her formative experiences with preeminent Las Vegas jazz musicians including internationally renowned trombonist, Carl Fontana, amongst many others, are the basis for the singer she is today. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Carolena continues to expand the scope of her music partnerships and has been blessed by a variety of expert musicians from Portland to Seattle, including Randy Halberstadt, John Stowell, D’Vonne Lewis, Osama Afifi, Chris Symer, Phil Sparks, Michael Barnett, Clipper Anderson, Bill Anschell, Darin Clendenin, Bert Wilson, Jay Thomas and Joe Baque.
A Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, Randy Halberstadt has been a major figure on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene for many years. A multi-dimensional pianist, composer and author, he is equally at home playing bebop, Latin and a host of other jazz genres. Having performed with many jazz luminaries, he has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and abroad.
Halberstadt is among the most in-demand performers of our region. He has appeared with national artists such as Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Herb Ellis, Mel Brown, Mimi Fox, Kevin Mahogany, Sheila Jordan, Bobby Shew, Marlena Shaw and John Stowell. He is featured on numerous recordings with the top names in NW jazz, such as the Clarence Acox Sextet. He has recorded four CDs of his own, and is the author an instructional text, “Metaphors for the Musician: Perspectives from a Jazz Pianist.”