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Broadway Star and Omni-Genre Vocalist Luba Mason Introduces Her Latest Recording at the Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

44 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016

Just because you’re a Broadway star doesn’t mean you can’t cross over to the genre-stretching pop zone. Some have tried but with mixed results. Not so with Luba Mason, who has found a niche in the wide-open spaces in the commingling of pop, country, bossa nova and jazz. The New York native (specifically Astoria, Queens), who was classically trained, has an alluring voice that dynamically and soulfully navigates the material she sings, whether they’re covers or her own originals. Scribe James Gavin once wrote that she “has a tart, muscular voice with a brain behind it, and a lot of bristling Eastern European passion.” Mason, who has been married to Latin pop and movie star/politician Rubén Blades since 2006, recently delivered her third recording, MIXTURA (on Kobalt/AWAL Label Services), produced by ex-Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip. She describes her omni-style journey of songs as “a message about the importance of art as a medium of freedom of expression and life without boundaries [in] A blend of different musical currents.”

Mason celebrates MIXTURA with a special showcase at the Cutting Room with her band comprised of her musical director Felipe Fournier on vibraphone and percussion, Rafael Rosa on guitar, Sara Caswell on violin, Dan Martinez on bass, Joel Mateo on drums. Special guests include jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker, the fiery mariachi band Mariachi Flor De Toloache and jazz/classical pianist Vadim Neselovskyi. Count on Blades, if he’s not on location for a film, to join Mason with loving vocals. —Dan Ouellette


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