Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Anna Maria Flechero descends from African-American and Filipino heritage, she was born in San Francisco and resides in the area still to this day. Even though she was raised by her grandmother, “Big Mama,” Anna Maria was heavily influenced musically by her mother, Leola; a pianist and choir leader for several local churches. Learning to play the piano by ear at any early age, she began composing songs and writing lyrics influenced in part by the Motown sounds of Marvin Gaye as well as the Latin rhythms of the Mission District where she lived.
Along with others, it was a natural progression that led Anna Maria to form a 13-piece Latin jazz band that performed at concerts on the same bill as such heavyweights as Santana, Pete Escovedo, Malo, and Graham Central Station. After many successful performances, Anna Maria ventured out as a solo artist and ventually was described as a modern day blues singer” by the San Francisco Chronicle....
Awards:2007 Best Jazz Album Award - Bay Area Blues Society, March 10, 2007 2004 Honorable Mention Certificate from BillBoard World Songwriting Contest for "I Believe." 2002 Honorable Mention Certificate from Billboard World Songwriting Contest for "E-Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y" (R&B genre")
Within the Fourteenth Hour
Misty; What a Difference a Day Makes; The Look of Love; God Bless the Child; Autumn Leaves; Summertime; I Wishe You Love; Feel Like Making Love; My Funny Valentine; And I Love Her; Pretty Soon.
Personnel: Anna Maria Flechero: vocals, Cedar Walton Trio; Cedar Walton: piano; David Williams: Bass; Lewis Nash: Drums Jeffrey Chin: piano, fender rhodes, drum programming, synth strings and mini-moog, Ron Smith, Tim Landis: guitar, Nelson Braxton, Ron Belcher: bass, Billy Johnson, Rob Rhodes, Marc Lee: drums, Melecio Magdaluyo: sax, Karl Perazzo: percussion.
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