Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Grupo Falso Baiano

When: Sun., Jan. 17, 4:30 p.m. 2010

The Bay Area-based Grupo Falso Baiano is an acoustic quartet that plays choro, a style of Brazilian music that first became popular more than 100 years ago. Choro traditionally blended Afro-Brazilian rhythms with European polkas and waltzes, but Grupo Falso Baiano works its own changes on the form incorporating jazz-,
samba-, and bluegrass-based improvisations into its sound. In person and on its new CD, Viajando: Choro e Jazz, the band plays selections from the choro songbook with an unerring sense of swing and an innate musicality marked by Jesse Appelman's Brazilian mandolin playing, Ami Molinelli's percussive expertise on the pandeiro (frame drum), Zack Pitt-Smith's sax, and Brian Moran's seven-string guitar. Grupo Falso Baiano plays Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Jazzschool (2087 Addison St., Berkeley). 4:30 p.m., $12, $15. Jazzschool.com

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Price: $12-$15

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