NOTE: Wave had its farewell performance on Saturday December 14th, 2019 at Zolas Restaurant in Bells Corners, Ottawa, with special guests trumpeter Michel Renaud and Chilean-born percussionist Andres Navarro who specializes in Brazilian percussion. After an amazing eight years of playing together, including performing in Merrickville’s Jazz Festival twice, in the Buckingham Jazz Festival, for sold-out concerts at Ottawa’s GigSpace Performance Studio twice, and numerous times at a number of area restaurants, Ginny, Jerry, and Chris decided to disband Wave on a ‘high note’ in order to pursue other interests. Thanks to all of you who supported Wave during the past eight years.
Wave consists of a core trio – Jerry Sociedade (vocals), Ginny Simonds (piano), and Chris Thompson (bass) – with guest performers added depending on the performance. Regular guest performers include Regina Teixeira of Florquestra (vocals and Brazilian percussion) and Juno award winner Angel Araos (world percussion).
Wave plays bossa novas and other Brazilian rhythms by Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim and other composers in the original Brazilian style – familiar ones as well as gems rarely heard outside Brazil. Jerry and Regina sing most of these in Portuguese, which is their mother tongue. Wave also plays Great American Songbook swing tunes made great by jazz vocalists Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, and others, Latin tunes which Jerry and Regina sing in Spanish, as well as pop and funk tunes. Wave’s smooth, sophisticated sound is a good fit with intimate upscale restaurant and concert venues on both sides of the river.
Wave performed in the 2012 and 2013 Merrickville jazz festival and in the 2014 Buckingham jazz festival. Wave has performed for sold-out concerts at Ottawa’s GigSpace Performance Studio twice. Wave is a regular performer at a number of area restaurants. (photo below – Beats of Brazil, March 20, 2015)
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