I became hip to Magos Herrera's artistry in 2011. Her voice, vibe and band hit a musical "sweet spot" for me. Don't know who she is? If you like vocal jazz, check her out at one of her upcoming shows in New York state or New Mexico [schedule is listed below]. I know that you will not be disappointed. :)
"Herrera is without a doubt the best jazz singer out of Mexico, and with México Azul she is establishing herself among the best singers in jazz."
- Wilbert Sostre, JazzTimes
Jazz chanteuse Magos Herrera has recently announced her Fall 2012 schedule which includes performances in New York's Terraza 7 Live, ShapeShifter Lab, Abrons Arts Center and Greene Space, as well as Albuquerque's Roy E. Disney Center for the Performing Arts. She will perform songs from her 2011 Sunnyside Records release, Mexico Azul.
There certainly is pride for the cultural contribution Mexico has bestowed on the world, especially those of the country's Golden Age of cinema and television. The rich film music of that elegant era from the thirties and forties easily matches and in many cases surpasses the well-known standards from that country's northern neighbor.
The exquisitely enticing internationally renowned singer Magos Herrera is a brilliant exponent of her country's magnificent musical heritage, as evidenced by her sumptuous sophomore Sunnyside release, Mexico Azul; a twenty-first century treatment of several Mexican film standards. The ensemble's silken in-the-pocket Latin jazz stylings are lovingly-laced by Herrera's throaty, tingling vocals, which rhythmically reanimate the eternal torch songs of Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican composers.
Based in NYC since 2008, Herrera graduated from the Musicians Institute of Technology, studied at Mannes College of Music, the New England Conservatory, and privately with opera teacher Konstantin Jadan. She has released her first album, Cajuina (Independent, 1998), followed by Orquideas Surrantes (JM Distributors, 2000), Whispering Orchids (Opcion Sonica, 2000), Mexican DivasII/III (Opcion Sonica, 2001-2002), Pais Maravilla (JM Distributors, 2003), Magos Herrera Compilation Japan (Mecca Records, 2004), Todo Puede Inspirar (EMI Music, 2005) and her Tim Ries-produced Sunnyside debut, Distancia (2009). Now, she is in the studio working on her next album which is expected to be released in the summer of 2013.
Herrera, an avid supporter of the U.N. campaign to end violence against women and children, has toured in Latin America, Canada, United States, Spain, India, Japan, China and Indonesia. She is a recipient of Mexico's National Grant Program for performing artists 2010-2013 given by National Fund for Culture and the Arts and has been nominated for best jazz performance by Auditorio Nacional in Mexico city among Bobby McFerrin and Bill Frisell.