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Where’s Julie? – Jazz Night at the Hollywood Bowl

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It’s a ritual for me every summer that I just can’t give up???Jazz Night at the Hollywood Bowl. The anticipation of the tickets arriving in the mail announcing who the performers are for the summer, the preparation for the picnic in the box, and wondering about the parking and the weather. However even with battling the grueling LA traffic, it is always a magical evening at the famous Hollywood Bowl, no matter who is performing.

The opening for Jazz Night at the Bowl included performances with the breezy Brazilian sounds of Sergio Mendes, along with Latin jazz pianist ? Eddie Palmieri and the Afro-Cuban jazz of L.A.?s own Poncho Sanchez.

It was truly a treat to celebrate the evening with my musician and producer friend, who was featured on 12 platinum albums and actually performed on stage at the Hollywood Bowl several times. ?I love the summer in the city, especially when it feels like I am in living a momentary fantasy of being back in Brazil.

Sergio Mendes played several songs from his last two CD’s, Encanto?as well as one of my all time favorites,?Timeless, which was released on Valentine’s Day in 2006 and included a line-up of musicians such as Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, and Will.I.Am.

The band opened up “E Minana” which means “Hey Girl” and ended with an incredible hip-hop rendition of “Mas Que Nada.” ?It was a multi-generational performance going back to “The Look of Love,” originally performed with Brazil 66, a song my parents used to listen to, to the rapper style versions of his old traditions. ?I give my review of Sergio Mendes at the Hollywood Bowl and shining 5 stars for the timeless star he truly is.?

I look forward to the rest of the season at this spectacular venue.

Julie Spira is an author, entrepreneur, and radio show host. Visit her at www.CyberDatingExpert.com

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