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Claudia Acuña Chilean Vocalist born in Santiago and raised in Concepcion, she was inspired as a child to perform a variety of music, including folk, pop and opera, by Victor Jara and Violeta Parra. Her attention turned to American popular music and jazz at the age of 15, when she first heard Frank Sinatra, Erroll Garner and Sarah Vaughan. [br][br]   – Returning to Santiago in 1991, she quickly gained prominence on the local jazz scene through live performances and radio broadcasts with visiting artists. [br]  – In 1995, Acuña moved to New York City and began performing at jam sessions and clubs including the Zinc Bar and Smalls. She also performed with her own band at the famous Jazz Gallery. Among the many musical associates she met in this period was Pianist / composer Jason Lindner, who became and has remained her musical director. [br][br]   – In 2001 she recorded a single with House producers MKL and Soy Sos of Generations Walking called Slavery Days which brought her to a whole new audience. [br]- Acuña was named co-curator of a Chilean music festival  in January 2009   She has also been featured on record with Peck Almond, George Benson, Joey Calderazzo, Avishai Cohen, Mark Elf, Tom Harrell, Antonio Hart, Arturo O’Farrill and Guillermo Klein.   One of Acuña’s covers of the Antonio Carlos Jobim song “Suddenly” was featured on the original motion picture soundtrack from Verve Records for the movie Bossa Nova. [br][br] She is the spokesperson for World Vision Chile, an international Christian relief and development organization that specializes in child-focused development programs. [br][br]

Discography [br][br]

  • Wind from the South (Verve Records, 2000)
  • Rhythm of Life (Verve Records, 2002)
  • Luna (MAXJAZZ, 2004)
  • In These Shoes (Zoho Music, 2008)
  • En Este Momento (Marsalis Music, 2009) [br][br]