what's your passion?
Passion is a world class Latin Jazz project that mixes American Swing elements with Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian rhythms. It is lead by Venezuelan jazz vocalist Raquel Cepeda and counts with the participation of top musicians from diverse backgrounds: American pianist Barry Sames, bassist Thomas Helton, Brazilian drummer Adriano Santos and percussionist Cassio Duarte, Cuban sax player Ernesto Vega, and American trumpet player Felix De Leon.
FEB 14, 2023
Raquel Cepeda Music Presents:
Jazz on Valentine's
at Match Theater, Houston
3400 Main St. Houston TX, 77002
about raquel cepeda
If someone knows about passion is jazz singer Raquel Cepeda. A former Geological Engineer with a masters in Geological Sciences and a long career in the oil industry, who one day decided to follow her true inner compass and align herself with the gifts received by the Universe. In 2015 Cepeda left the corporate world behind in order to consecrate herself fully to music.
Originally from Venezuela, Cepeda grew up in a family of musicians and since her early life she balanced her world between music and science. During her early years of engineering at college she was already recognized as a singer of distinction, performing regularly around campus and winning an important vocal Festival in 1995, the "Ucevista Voice Festival". In year 2001 she participated in her first jazz recording project "Juegos de Playa", and in 2013 released a CD as a soloist. "I'm Confessin'". Raquel recently released her newest album "Passion - Latin Jazz", which has been included in the top 200 Jazz Albums of 2019 by the Roots Music Report.
Cepeda currently lives in Houston, where she is an in-demand jazz vocalist with a unique style, and a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic approach, derived of her love for languages and her long exposure and love for the Latin, Brazilian and American cultures. When Cepeda sings, she reaches the audience not only by speaking their own tongue, but more importantly, though an eloquent manifestation of melody, style, and message.
Cepeda has played at important stages in Houston, Caracas, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and shared stages with top figures like Elis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis Paul English, and Joe LoCascio.
“SHE IS SEXY, HER VOICE IS SEXY, AND SHE IS DOWN TO EARTH"
JING JORDAN SMITH
“LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY! BE SURE TO LISTEN WITH YOUR EARS TOO!"
“HER MUSIC IS REFRESHING, SENSUAL AND TRANSCENDING"