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October 1, 2008 > Elias Pereda to perform at the Mojo lounge

Elias Pereda to perform at the Mojo lounge

By Meenu Gupta

It was raining real hard and a 8 year-old boy leaned against the shoe stand next to a bus stop on University Avenue in Berkeley, crying when a tall guy with pointed shoes and diamond studded teeth consoled him. The man, George Evans who recognised the boy's singing talent, advised him to sing a song of customer's choice for an additional 10 cents along with a shoe shine to support his family. That boy is Elias Pereda today who exemplifies that hard work with talent can take you far. The versatile artist has come a long way, singing mesmerising American pop jazz. He appears with his band of all star musicians on Saturday October 11th in Fremont in a show that promises to make you swing to the tunes of his vocals, saxophone, piano, bass and trumps. "He is an unusual and unique performer," said Dennis Briggs, owner of the Mojo lounge. He has performed earlier in the lounge on Valentine's day this year. "Every thursday night public is welcome to enjoy the local bands, on tuesdays we have open mike event and karaoke on wednesday nights," said Briggs.

Pereda has been awarded the vocalist of the year for the sixth year in a row by Chuey Varela, music director KCSM 91.1 FM. "Don Haas, pianist and conductor and Eddie "Doc." Henderson, played trumpet, we recorded the CD Dawn's Breaking together in Fantasy Recording Studios at Berkeley," said Pereda showing his picture with the artists. Getting nostalgiac about his mentor for about 8 years, Don Haas Pereda said, "I can't overemphasise the influence I have had from Don Hass, the prominent artist has taught me a lot." Besides the late pianist-arranger Don Haas Pereda owes his success to vocal coach Judy Davis, who worked with Sinatra and Barbara Steisand.
"I got phone calls from St. Louis,Kansas Missouri regarding my CD Midnight Club, people liked it" said Pereda. "I owe a lot to the public, they have always supported me, I want to sing for them and make them happy.".

A West Berkeley native Pereda started singing Sinatra tunes as a young boy. After touring with Sly and the Family stone during the Woodstock era, Pereda later started to work on his solo career. Endowed with powerful vocals Elias plays the trumpet, trombone and piano and has two albums, "Dawn's Breaking" and "Midnight Club" to his credit, which includes some of his original compositions. He has sung several songs including Dawn's Breaking, Speak Low, I Could Have Told You So, Blue Latino, Where are you. He gave music in Mood Indigo in his CD Dawn's Breaking. The vocalist- also composer, trumpeter and piano player has worked with the best in the music business including Ray Charles and Sly Stone. Pereda, a longtime Newark resident, self-produced the album Midnight Club with his wife Nanci, sparing no expense by hiring musicians who have graced Tony Bennett's and Aretha Franklin's bands. Another original tune by Pereda, the instrumental "Latina showgirl," appears on "Midnight Club. It's the only instrumental on this album which is a treat to the senses with its tranquil tunes. "Elias Pereda has a warm voice that is occasionally a little reminiscent of Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy. His singing is full of his own adventurous spirit. He does justice to the standards and lyrics that he sings and his interpretations are full of subtle surprises," said Scott Yanow, author of the Jazz Singers. To know more about the artist visit:

Saturday, October 11th
3p.m.-6 p.m.
the Mojo lounge
(21 and older only)
3714 Peralta Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94536
Ph: 510-739-1028
5$ Entry Fee

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