12/18/2004 - Jessie Marquez


'This local diva with Cuban roots went to Havana and won over some of Cuba's most prominent musicians with her singing and her interpretations of Cuban classics. In a make-shift Havana studio, Juan Carlos Marn, David Alfaro and Julito Padrn (of the Afro-Cuban Allstars, Irakere and Issac Delgado's band) arranged and produced a 12-song CD of Jessie singing some of her own boleros and rumbas as well as other Cuban standards. The result of this unique collaboration with Cuban artists is a musical gem- alluring, nostalgic, contemporary, bold and fresh. ' lunajazz.com