St. Cecilia Music Center Jazz Series features Grammy Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Luciana Souza, leading singer and interpreter of jazz at its finest on March 5

St. Cecilia Music Center(SCMC) in Grand Rapids will bring Grammy Award winning Jazz Vocalist Luciana Souza to the Royce Auditorium Stage on March 5, 2020. As a jazz vocal leader, Luciana Souza has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002 – including her six Grammy nominated records Brazilian DuosNorth and SouthDuos IITide,Duos III, and The Book of Chet. Her debut recording for Universal, The New Bossa Nova, was produced by her husband, Larry Klein, and was met with widespread critical acclaim. Luciana’s recordings also include two works based on poetry – The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop And Other Songs, and Neruda. On Thursday, March 5 she will bring her program called “The Book of Longing” performing alongside Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colley for a night of sultry Brazilian jazz.

Beginning her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, Souza recorded more than 200 jingles and soundtracks becoming a first-call studio veteran at age sixteen. From 2005 to 2010, she was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances. In 2005 and 2013 Luciana was awarded Best Female Jazz Singer by the Jazz Journalists Association. Entertainment Weekly has said “Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries.”

Executive Director of St. Cecilia Music Center Cathy Holbrook says, “We are thrilled to have the multi-talented Luciana Souza on stage at St. Cecilia Music Center on March 5. To quote Billboard Magazine, ‘Her music soulfully reflects, wistfully regrets, romantically woos, joyfully celebrates…” All of us are looking forward to hearing her amazing voice and discovering her joyful, soulful and heartfelt music on March 5.”

Concert tickets for Luciana Souza are $40 and $45 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at  A pre-concert reception for $15 at 6:30 pm, with wine and hors d’oeuvres, is available by reservation in advance (reserve by Friday, February 28). A post-concert party with dessert, coffee and wine is open to all ticket-holdersto meet the artists, obtain autographs and CD purchases.

More about Luciana Souza can be found on her website

SCMC Spectacular Jazz Series Concerts remaining this Season

  • On March 5, the uniquely talented Jazz Vocalist Luciana Souza will perform on the Royce Auditorium Stage. Billboard Magazineproclaims Luciana Souzaas “a uniquely talented vocalist who organically crosses genre borders. Her music soulfully reflects, wistfully regrets, romantically woos, joyfully celebrates…”
  • Capping off the 2019/2020 Spectacular Jazz Series season will be the two time Grammy-nominated Clayton Brothers Quintet performing on April 16. The Clayton Brothers Quintet, which is led by John and Jeff Clayton, became a quintet when trumpeter Terell Stafford joined the group. The quintet is invigorated by young blood with John’s son Grammy-nominated Gerald Clayton on piano and David Alvarez on drums.

Single Tickets

Single tickets to chamber, jazz, and folk concerts can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at all concerts, apost-concert party is open to all ticket-holders giving the audience the opportunity to possibly meet the artists and obtain signed CDs of their releases Ticket prices: There is a $2.50 fee for all single tickets. All concerts start at 7:30pm. All concerts include a post-concert party for concert ticket holders.