Jay Allen Sanford 2 p.m., Aug. 24
Sound description: Boss jazz and jumpin' jive.
RIYL: Marisa Monte, Maria Rita, Astrud Gilberto, Gilbert Castellanos, Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Peter Sprague, Etta James, Daniel Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Nancy Wilson
- Blurt: "Free-for-All" · June 10, 2009
Inception: Coronado, 2009
Ex-Band Members: Steve Haney, Percussion
Current Status: Playing shows around town.
Influences: Ceu, Brazil, Michael Jackson
Brazilian singer Tokeli Mushovic was born in San Diego and earned her bachelor of arts degree in theater from UCSD. After serving as Managing Director for the Diversionary Theater and the La Jolla Stage Company, she turned her focus to music, releasing her debut album Where Do You Start? in 2006.
Co-produced by local jazz guru Peter Sprague, the record also features Gilbert Castellanos and was nominated Jazz Album of the Year at the 2007 San Diego Music Awards.
Tokeli (who only uses the one name professionally) also fronts Samba de Toquali, which specializes in Brazilian jazz, samba, and bossa nova, and she still maintains a part-time acting career.