"Jazzapino Sounds," from Brick Wahl with LA WEEKLY

It's been a sweet summer, so cool, the heat sneaking in only at the end. The festivals have been good, as have the free concerts everywhere. Alas, it's fading now; you switch on the lights earlier to read this paper, and find fewer free places to go. But there are still a few series left.

Indeed, luck has it that two of jazz's finest imports from the Philippines are playing this weekend on consecutive nights and within a short stretch of Wilshire Boulevard. Mon David, who is at LACMA on Friday, has been building his reputation as a jazz vocalist around the world for some time now, though his introduction to the States has only been recent. He's quite the master, with a splendid voice, a daring sense of rhythm and the ability to take over anything, from Wayne Shorter and bossa nova to traditional Filipino melodies. Good-looking cat, too. Check out his U.S. debut, Coming True.

Then on Saturday evening at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park, well-known "jazzapino" vocalist Charmaine Clamor will do her unique thing: combining jazz standards and spare arrangements of homeland classics, a little pop and some funk even. It's an unusual mix in the stylistically conservative world of female jazz vocalists ù her talent and persona (and looks) have gone over real big back at home, where she's quite the star. We're told she'll have a horn section with her at this gig, led by tenor Robby Marshall ù who tore it up with Dave Douglas at the Bowl not long ago, and who sounds good on her latest, Something Good (on FreeHam). After, dash over to Nyx in Glendale (156 S. Brand Blvd., 818-545-0333), where Katia Moraes & the Brazilian Hearts perform at 8:30 p.m. Superb and very genuine bossas and sambas, and she'll melt your heart. Free.

by Brick Wahl, for LA WEEKLY, AUGUST 26, 2010