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Latin Jazz singer, CavaClovis Community College & the Citizens Bank of Clovis...

The road to success for Latin Jazz singer, Cava, is filled with many twists and turns, but on Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. it leads her to the Clovis Civic Center for a concert and dance. Presented by Clovis Community College and The Citizens Bank of Clovis this special event is part of the 2007-2008 Cultural Arts Series. Cava offers Latin-powered jazz with a tinge of Peruvian soul, woven with cumbia, salsa, Afro-Cuban son, and ska.

"Cava" is the stage persona of Claudia Gonzalez, a native of Los Angeles rooted in the traditions of Mexican music, art, and customs. Her voice communicates a strong-willed feminine energy that is simultaneously sultry and maternal. Her ensemble features Walter Miranda on keyboard and bass, Taiko Master Maceo Hernandez on Japanese drums, Mark Cervantes on congas and percussion, Andy Mendoza on drums, and Franchot Tone on guitar.

Gonzales has been a professional performer since the age of eight, when she landed a part on the sit-com, "A.K.A Pablo" starring Paul Rodriguez. She grew up appearing in commercials, movies, and plays. She graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, majoring in dance, and was accepted to the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York (although she did not attend because of her family's traditional values).

In 2000 Gonzales released an independent album with Domingosiete, a son group that she co-founded. The band opened for acts like Compay Segundo of the Buena Vista Social Club, Ozomatli, and Los Lobos. In 2004, Claudia broke from the band to pursue a more progressive, innovative sound.

Gonzalez toured with Beastie Boys keyboardist, Money Mark, across the U.S, and to Australia and New Zealand. She is featured on his albums Demo or Demolition and Brand New By Tomorrow. She also collaborated and appeared with Money Mark on the film "Along Came Polly" starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.

In 2006, Gonzalez joined the Texas-based artist Michael Ramos on tour with his band Charanga Cakewalk, opening for Lila Downs (who has previously appeared for the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series). Claudia joined Lila at the closing of every show pleasing the huge, sold-out crowds.

Tickets for Cava are $15 and are available at the door or in advance at the CCC Cashier's Windows or by calling 575-769-4035.

For additional information, please call: Christy Mendoza 575-769-4950 christy.mendoza@clovis.edu

Stephanie Spencer 575-769-4956 stephanie.spencer@clovis.edu

Joseph A. Wasson, Jr.

Programmer/Production Manager,National Hispanic Cultural Center, (505) 246-2261,Fax: (505) 724-4776, joseph.wassonjr@state.nm.us

(Mr. Wasson arranged for the CAVA tour throughout New Mexico)

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