With a smile in her voice, her impeccable articulation and precise diction captivate audiences through a musical breeze of standards, sambas and bossa novas. Inspired by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn and Freddie Cole, Maria’s engaging and spellbinding stage presence will uplift your mind and brighten your day. Maria treats every song like a painting, drawing from her own experiences and interpretations of these timeless songs to connect with the listener.
Maria is a vocalist, live performer, band leader and recording artist. Whether as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet, she performs regularly at The Toronto Dominion Vancouver International Jazz Festival, BC Children’s Hospital, Jazz Vespers, BC Hospitality Foundation, the Vancouver Christmas Market and special events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics celebration at Robson Square.
Maria has recorded with Richie Cole, Warren Vaché, George Robert, Krishna Booker and Phil Dwyer. Her début album Where or When consists of 13 songs, each one delicately arranged by Torben Oxbol, resulting in a full, lush, elegant and unique sound. The songs are receiving airplay on The Penthouse Radio in New York. “Just a Touch” was chosen as bumper music on Coast to Coast AM. Songs from the début album were also featured on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, CBC Radio across Canada, DR P1 and DR P8 Jazz in Denmark. The album is also featured Saturday mornings on KUVO in Denver.