Claudia Acuna

Genres: Latin
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

1971, Concepción, Chile. As a child Acuña sang both the folk music of her native land and contemporary pop. In her mid-teens, however, she heard jazz and after developing a liking for the form began appearing at a leading jazz club in Santiago. Late in 1995, she relocated to New York where she struggled to make inroads as a singer, sustaining herself meanwhile with whatever non-musical work she could find. Among several of the city’s clubs, she sat in occasionally at the Blue Note, Smalls, the Metronome, and Sweet Basil’s. The musicians with whom she sang included pianists Jason Lindner and Harry Whitaker, bass player Avishai Cohen, and trombonist Abi Leibovich. With Cohen and Whitaker, Acuña made a demo tape that was heard by executives at Verve Records who offered her a contract. Her 2000 debut, Wind From The South, leaning heavily towards the Latin end of the Latin jazz genre, met with mixed reviews but served as a useful launching...

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