Mili Bermejo to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Washington's Kennedy Center

The Mili Bermejo Trio, led by Boston-based jazz vocalist, composer and Berklee College of Music Professor Mili Bermejo will perform on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as part of the 8th Annual Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival on Monday, May 5th at 6pm. Joined by bassist Dan Greenspan and pianist Doug Johnson, Bermejo, who was raised in Mexico City and is the daughter of Mexican composer/performer Guillermo Bermejo, will be officially celebrating the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. This free concert event, also sponsored by the Performing Arts for Everyone Initiative, will be broadcast live on the Internet and archived on the Kennedy Center Web site. More information is available at

About Mili Bermejo
Grammy®-winning jazz writer Bob Blumenthal called Bermejo's unique blend of authentic Latin culture, classical sonorities, beautiful Spanish-language storytelling, and jazz improvisation "the place where jazz meets Latin with elegance and soul." Her music is part of the rich and eclectic musical tapestry that also includes Dizzy Gillespie’s exciting Afro-Cuban music and Abbey Lincoln’s progressive social awareness. "Mili Bermejo's aesthetic has always been singular," writes Boston Phoenix reviewer Jon Garelick, "[she] combines all manner of Latin American folk and pop with American jazz in a way that gives her music a flavor that’s as up-to-the-minute as it is Old World."

The first woman to win the prestigious New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Achievement in Jazz Award in 1997, she has been a mainstay on the diverse Boston music scene, and an active performer across the U.S. and Mexico, since coming to America to study jazz more than two decades ago. Her recent projects have included a sextet co-led by Argentinean guitarist/composer Claudio Ragazzi, and an octet co-led by drummer/composer/arranger George Schuller and featuring New York downtown musicians like reed player Oscar Noriega and pianist Bruce Barth. Her composition, "Cómo Hacemos," is included on January's all-star Respond II compilation of female songwriters to benefit domestic violence prevention.

Media Contact for Mili Bermejo:
Scott Menhinick, Improvised Communications
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Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mili Bermejo
  • Event Date: 5/5/2003
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