Guitarist Ron Murray, Artistic Director of Crocodile River Music, has recruited three of the
members of the CRM ensemble to recreate his successful Brazilian/flamenco-flavored jazz
group, adding African influences to create a global approach to Vuelo’s interpretations of jazz
and popular standards.
The public debut of the quartet was at Worcester’s venerable Mechanics Hall as part of the
Wednesday Brown Bag Series, lunchtime concerts offered free to the general public for over 30
years, and the performance was broadcast live over WICN FM radio, New England’s last
remaining jazz radio outlet.The concert opened with two songs by the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, with
The concert opened with two songs by the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, with
Murray singing So Danco Samba and Garota de Ipanema in Portuguese, featuring the Tamani
(talking drum) virtuosity of Idrissa Kone and electrifying bass soloing of Thierno Camara. The
concert continued with music of Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, as well as blues tunes by
jazz greats Jim Hall and Don Thompson. Ending the show was nouveau-flamenco hit Barcelona
Nights, featuring the high-energy dancing of Antoinette Mutuyimana of Tanzania, who played
small percussion and sang as well.