Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Adela Dalto - vocalist, composer, recording artist
The most important talent that any creative artist can have and develop is the ability to touch the heart and soul of the listeners. Having been immersed for several decades in the highest levels of creative Latin and Brazilian music, the music of Adela Dalto is a very distinctive and stirring experience. Blending sophisticated elements of this music with the most contemporary styles of American jazz, she creates a compelling fusion of sensuous fiery rhythms with sultry vocals in her Latin jazz.
Born in Texas to Mexican parents, she grew up with the influence of R&B and a growing interest in jazz. It was her late husband, Jorge Dalto, former pianist for George Benson, who encouraged her musical career. Jorge, introduced her to the subtle and exciting rhythms of Latin and Brazilian music. Adela's career has been greatly inspired by personal favorites such as Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Latin singers Graciela and Celia Cruz, as well as the Brazilians Elis Regina and Leny Andrade.
Adela has been performing in the local clubs in New York City with her band and as a special guest. She has performed alongside great Latin musicians such as Jerry Gonzalez and Hilton Ruiz. She has also performed with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove in Japan, Brazilian pianist Aloisio Aguiar in Rio and with Mauricio Smith's Latin Jazz Orchestra at The Rainbow Room in New York City. Adela toured as featured vocalist with the late Mario Bauzá's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at the Pori Jazz, North Sea Jazz, Umbria Jazz and the Montreux Jazz festivals and with Carlos Patato Valdes' Afrojazzia ensemble as they hit Europe's top nightclubs.
Adela tours with her own group performing festivals as the Chivas Regal Latin Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico and performing at clubs such as S.O.B.'s, Visiones and Birdland while living in New York City.
Her recordings have included some top names in the field such as Chucho Valdez, Lee Konitz, Dave Valentin, David Sanchez, Claudio Roditi among others. Adela's 1999 release, “Papa Boco,” on Milestone Records is a mix of Latin, Brazilian and jazz tunes containing several of her lyrics. She also has three Japanese CDs on the Venus Records label titled “Exotica,” “Peace,” and “A Brazilian Affair.”
Throughout her career, Ms Dalto has encouraged young Latinas to become involved in the music business. In 2000 she formed an all-women group, Mujeres Latinas. The band plays a hot mix of salsa, merengue, cumbia, samba, and Latin rock. Mujeres Latinas can be heard singing their Dalto-penned anthem Somos Mujeres Latinas at the Hispanic and Mexican Day parades in New York and festivals around the world. One of their goals is to inspire young girls to play instruments-such as sax and trumpet-that typically have been the exclusive domain of male musicians.
In 2002 she starred in “A Tribute to Toña La Negra,” at Aaron Davis Hall, in New York City. Toña La Negra became a diva of songs on the Mexican movie scene of the 30s through the 60s. Described as Latin America's Billie Holiday, owing to her smoky voice and passionate phrasing, this was a performance featuring a full 22 piece string orchestra.
Her 2003 season was highlighted by “La Crème Latina,” her latest and most emotionally revealing album featuring an all-star collection of musicians. Each song is the first take, recorded with the nice relaxed, unhurried feeling of what jazz is like when the lights are low; and the mood is right.
Adela Dalto is a musical secret that is starting to be revealed, and the whispers getting louder.