Porto Alegre's music celebrates the music of Brazil and Latin America - Bossas, Sambas, Mambos, Cha-chas and Meringues - with a few select Swing songs peppered into the mix. Guaranteed to make your blood flow, your hips sway, and your toes tap. More effective than therapy, prozac, high colonics or shock treatments.
Porto Alegre is inspired by music written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Mario Bauza, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Stevie Wonder, Cal Tjader, Mark Levine, Freddie Hubbard, Eumir Deodato, Paulo Valle to name a few.
More than the sum of their parts. Collectively, the members of Porto Alegre have more than 180 years of playing under their belts. Individually they look much younger:
Robin Bessier, vocals: Clear ringing vocals, charged with the pulse of Latin rhythms.
Skip Morris, guitar/vocals: Big-time guitar chops, and a voice often compared with that of Mel Torme.
John MacElwee, bass: Musically diverse with a strong rhythmic foundation
Tom Svornich, drums: Too many Latin, jazz, country, blues and rock creds to tally.
Bill Kiely: Infectiously rhythmic, tastefully percussive
Robin Bessier (Vocals, keyboard),
Skip Morris (Vocals, guitar),
John MacElwee (Bass),
Tom Svornich (Drums),
Bill Kiely (Percussion)