Artist of the day: La Lucha
Jazz group La Lucha plays Latin-inspired jazz with true global inspirations — its members are from Colombia, Mexico and the United States.
Pianist John O’Leary, bassist Alejandro Arenas and drummer Mark Feinman (pictured with guest vocalist Jun Bustamante, above, who will appear on their upcoming sophomore album) have all toured and performed at jazz festivals around the world, including events in Italy and France. Their music puts unique twists on non-jazzy songs — their 2009 album A Cup of Fuzzy Water features smooth covers of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, Britney Spears’ Toxic and Deftones’ Change (In The House of Flies); and they were recently commissioned by American Stage to perform jazz versions of songs from The Rocky Horror Show.
This creative spirit led them to a grant from Hampton Arts Management (the same group that awards the Awesome Tampa Bay grants) to help fund their next album, which will be released June 30 with a concert at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. Click here for details.