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Ivette Oliveras

Ivette will be performing Jazz Standards and South American repertoire from Brazil, Uruguay, Cuba & Puerto Rico, in the genres of Samba, Bossa Nova, Bolero, and Cumbia.

Vocals: Ivette Oliveras
Guitar: Pedro Rodriguez
Double bass: Dave Hertzberg
Drums & percussions: Mauro Satalino
Voice Teacher & Concert Coordinator: Sabrina Lastman


Ivette Oliveras is a passionate singer, actress, dancer. She has been singing since she was a little girl. Ivette has performed many one woman cabaret shows as well as community theater. Her performance resume includes venues such as The Metropolitan Room and Don't Tell Mama's. Her vocal ability ranges from Broadway tunes to traditional Spanish tunes. Ivette has a strong background in the arts, and is also a professional belly dancer and teacher. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. 

Pedro Rodriguez is a talented guitarist whose stylistic versatility expands into the areas of performing, arranging and composing. During his years as a student at William Paterson University, he had the opportunity to learn from and perform with master musicians in the field of jazz, such as Gene Bertoncini, Cecil Bridgewater, David Demsey, Armen Donelian, Steve LaSpina, Jim McNeely, Paul Meyers, Rich de Rosa, Rufus Reid, Mulgrew Miller, and Stanley Turrentine. 

Bassist and composer Dave Hertzberg is the leader of Hearts & Bones, one of the most exciting bands to emerge from New York City's burgeoning neo-bluegrass scene. Hertzberg is also active as a bassist in an eclectic array of genres ranging from cumbia to klezmer. He is a longtime member of Pablo Mayor's renowned 13-piece Colombian big band Folklore Urbano; the Rafi Malkiel Ensemble, a group that fuses latin, jazz, and middle eastern sounds; and the Shul Band, a quintet whose repertoire spans from ancient Jewish liturgical melodies to klezmer and bluegrass-influenced original compositions. He has appeared on numerous recordings and has performed on both national and international tours. 

Argentinean drummer and percussionist Mauro Satalino is part of a generation of young musicians engaged in exploring creative and rich links between jazz and the vast South-American traditional music. He is a magna cum laude graduated from Berklee College of Music. He had the great opportunity to learn and share stages with amazing teachers and performers: Mugrew Miller, Danilo Perez, Hal Crook, Ian Froman, Ed Tomassi, Mark Walker, Jeff Galindo, Kenwood Dennard and Jon Hazilla. Some of his collaborations: Ithaal Shur (Carlos Santana's Supernatural, Smooth), Keith Goldman (Eminen, Chaka Khan, Yossou n'Dour), Rosario Dawson (Rent), Calpulli Dance Company, Blue Man Group, Anna Saeki, Pablo Aslan, Raul Jaurena (Grammy Winner), among many others. 

Sabrina Lastman is a vocalist, composer and educator born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Drawing from jazz, Latin American and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, Sabrina concentrates her work on jazz projects, and the creation of interdisciplinary performances combining voice, sound, electronics, movement, and visuals. Sabrina has performed at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Juilliard, and Yale University, among others. Her latest album "The Candombe Jazz Sessions" was released in March 2012 by ZOHO Music.