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Crossing Borders with Eva Cortés


“ … a singer in whose artistic melting pot the flavor of flamenco, Caribbean passion and the spices of jazz all mix ... ”
 Javier Martinez, El Mundo

“Crossing borders” talks about tradition seen from the perspective of my present. There are also new compositions that talk about what we are living as humanity and what I am experiencing as a woman … “ Eva Cortés


Honduran singer, songwriter, composer Eva Cortés is currently in the process of creating her her 7th album as a leader, entitled Crossing Borders.

The title is inspired by a series of life-changing events, including her decision to leave Spain and move to New York and igniting her career in the jazz mecca of the world. On a broader scale, the title addresses a tragic incident that took the lives of 500 African immigrants off the southern coast of Italy in 2013.

Crossing Borders combines all of these elements into a musical tapestry and expresses the songstress’s thoughts, feelings and hope for a better tomorrow.

The diverse repertoire includes original compositions and Latin American classics that have made their way into the American Songbook. Also, it features some of the finest, most sought after musicians on today’s music scene.

“On the Latin (American) side, Cortés returns to her roots with contemporary versions of Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, Piel Canela, Sabor a Mi and  Noche de Luna (composed by Jon Cowherd with lyrics by Eva). 

Also included, are fascinating interpretations of Silvio Rodriguez’s Rabo de Nube (arranged by Zaccai Curtis) and Déjà vu, a tune popularized by Dionne Warwick in the 1970s and progressive, thought provoking renderings of the original compositions, Crossing Borders, and The Sky is Crying (in English).

Ultimately her music reflects a modern woman who had the advantage of growing up in a musical environment. Also, it encompasses the influences and experiences that make Eva Cortés who she is today.

Cortés has performed at some of the most prestigious venues throughout the world, including Spain, Italy, Russia, France, the Netherlands, Honduras, Portugal, Philadelphia, Boston and New York, where she graced the stage of the Blue Note, the Zinc Bar, Minton’s, Terraza 7 and the Shrine among others.

In addition, she has shared the stage, or studio with Isla de Camaron, Mark Whitfield, Jerry Gonzalez, Piraña, Mike Moreno, Reinaldo de Jesus, Kendrick Scott, Manuel Machado, Mark, Bobby Martinez, Antonio Serrano, Alain Perez, Toño Miguel, Nono Garcia, Perico Sambeat, Lew Soloff, Miguel Poveda, Rémy Decormeille, Hadrien Feraud, Kiko Loureiro and Romero Lubambo.

Cortes holds a degree in German Philology and speaks Spanish, English, French and German. She currently resides in New York City.

Corazon, The Sky is Crying, Déjà vu, Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, Rabo de Nube, Se Te Olvida, Noche de Luna, Sabor a Mi, Contigo en Montego, Crossing Borders, Piel Canela.

Roby Ameen: Drums, Jon Cowherd: Piano, Pepe Rivero: Piano/Arranger, Luques Curtis: Upright Bass, Marvin Sewell: Guitar, Luisito Quintero: Percussions, Roman Filiu: Sax/ Flute, Doug Beavers: Trombone/Producer, Jonathan Powell: Trumpet, Christian McBride: Upright Bass.

Honduran singer-songwriter, composer Eva Cortés possesses one of the most singular, compelling voices in jazz and creative music. Her music honors her roots and aims to the future with depth and passion.

She grew up in a musical family, surrounded by singers on her mother’s side and music teachers and instrumentalists on her father’s side. Furthermore, her grandparents were opera aficionados.

Exposed at an early age to soul, funk, and Motown through an uncle, when she was two years old, her favorite tune was the Jackson Five’s “Ben.”

At the age of three, her family moved to a neighborhood in Sevilla, Spain where flamenco was part of the fabric of everyday life. “Everybody sang, cooked and played the radio with the window open,” says Eva. “It impregnates you.”

At the age of four, she recorded her first demo tape, which led to her first album, entitled “Kid’s Stuff,” with three renowned Spanish artists – Ana Belen, Miguel Bose, Victor Manuel – and the band, Mocedades.

As a teenager, she performed with amateur bands and Spanish blues bands. Also, she was exposed to the music of Billie Holliday and by extension, jazz.

One of Eva’s primary influences is the Spanish flamenco guitarist, Camaron de Isla, who she met and performed with on the album, “Soy Gitano,” at the age of seventeen as a backup singer.

In 2000, Cortés moved to Madrid, where she honed her craft and developed her singular style by observing and spending time with trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez, pianist Pepe Rivero; Manuel Machado and Antonio Serrano among others

In 2006 she traveled to Chile with a handful of original compositions and recorded her first album, “Sola Contigo” (Alone with You). Shortly after that, she moved to Paris. Before returning to Spain, she performed at venues throughout “the city of lights” (the album was released by Universal Spain in 2007).

2009 saw Cortés an all-star cast and recorded the highly acclaimed “Como Agua Entre Los Dedos” (Like Water through your Fingers), which featured eight original compositions and standards and heralded as “a star on the rise” and “a new sensation of Latin jazz.”

2010 saw the release “El Mar de Mi Vida” (The Sea of My Life), which solidified Cortés’s place as “one of the most exciting composers and performers of the jazz scene in Spanish.”

“Back 2 The Source” pays tribute to Eva’s primary musical influence, Jazz. The repertoire includes standard and classic tunes from the Great American Songbook, such as “You Go to My Head,” “The Days of Wine and Roses,” “Mood Indigo” and “Body and Soul” performed in a bilingual (Spanish/English) format.

2012 saw the release of her most ambitious project to date, the live recording (CD/DVD), “Jazz one night with Eva Cortés in Madrid.” After touring Spain, France, Norway, the Netherlands and New York, her working band developed a rapport and a camaraderie that only comes from being on the road for an extended period. “Jazz One Night is perhaps the most definitive portrait of Cortés’s artistry.

“In Bloom,” topped the charts in Spain. It was re-released in the U.S. in January of 2015 by Truth Revolution Recording Collective.

Since her arrival in New York, she has performed at various venues throughout New York City and worked and shared the stage with musicians she has admired for years, including drummer Robby Ameen, pianists Jon Cowherd and Pepe Rivero, bassists Luques Curtis and Christian Mc Bride, saxophonist Roman Filiu, guitarist Marvin Sewell, trombonist, arranger Doug Beavers, trumpeter Jonathan Powell and percussionist Luisito Quintero among others.

Cortés has performed at the most prestigious venues in Spain, Italy, Russia, France, the Netherlands, Honduras, Portugal, Philadelphia, Boston and New York, including the Blue Note, the Zinc Bar, Chris’ Jazz Café, the Garage, Terraza 7 and the Shrine.

Also, she has shared the stage and studio with some of the most renowned artists on the international music scene, including Camarón de la Isla, Montse Cortes, Genara Cortes, Piraña, Mark Whitfield, Jerry Gonzalez, Mike Moreno, Reinaldo de Jesus, Kendrick Scott, Manuel Machado, Mark Mondesir, Bobby Martinez, Antonio Serrano, Alain Perez, Toño Miguel, Nono Garcia, Perico Sambeat, Lew Soloff, Miguel Poveda, Santiago Cañadada, Rémy Decormeille, Georvis Pico, Hadrien Feraud, Kiko Loureiro and Romero Lubambo. among others.

When it comes to her music, Cortés says that “jazz is her mainstay,” but at the end of the day, she creates music without borders.

In Bloom (2016)
Sola Contigo (2006)
Agua Entre Los Dedos (2009)
Ell Mar De Mi Vida (2010)
Back 2 The Source (2011)
Jazz One Night with Eva Cortes in Madrid (2012)
In Bloom (2016)

Artist Website: http://www.evacortes.com


A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.


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