Eva Cortés, singer, lyricist and composer born in Honduras and raised in Sevilla, has a unique and convincing voice within the scene of jazz and creative music. Her music reflects & lives up to its roots and looks to the future with depth and passion. Eva is considered a woman of today with the advantage of growing up in a multicultural environment where musical experience prevailed, since in her family there were singers, instrumentalists and music teachers.
The journey that Cortés began has crossed many paths: through her uncle she got to know funk, soul and the music of Motown and through her grandparents, the opera. When asked to describe her music, she points to jazz as being her predominant element. But she definitely creates music that holds no boundaries.
Her family left Honduras when Eva was 3 years old and settled in Triana for a few years and then to the outskirts where flamenco was part of daily life. “Everyone hummed, I cooked with the radio and the windows open, the music in the South impregnates you.” Eva recorded her first demos at the age of 4, which led her to record the album Cosas de niños in 1980 with artists such as Miguel Bosé, Mocedades, Víctor Manuel and Ana Belén.
In her adolesence, she spent a few years singing with some blues bands in the south of Spain, which, at the end of the ‘80s and the start of the ‘90s, proved to be very pertinent in her musical paronama. It was then that she, for the first time, began listening to some of Billie Holliday’s recordings, and thus started to listen to jazz. One of her most important influences was the singer-composer Camarón de la Isla, whom she met and participated in a few recording sessions with, as a chorus/backup singer, for the artist’s disc, titled Soy Gitano.
In 2000, Cortés settled in Madrid, where she developed her own particular style collaborating with musicians such as Jerry González, Pepe Rivero, Antonio Serrano, Manuel Machado, among others. Six years later she travelled to Chile with a handful of original compositions and recorded her first album Sola Contigo. Shortly after that, she moved to Paris where she finished mixing and mastering this very work. Before returning to Spain, she began working on the project at various places in Paris. The album was released in 2007 under the auspices of EMI.
Cortés got together with a band like no other, and recorded her acclaimed Com Agua Entre Los Dedos in 2009, formed by original compositions except for the versions You Do not Know What Love Is, and La Vie En Rose. The work was very well received and the press called Eva “a rising star” and “the new queen of Latin Jazz”.
Her place as “one of the most interesting composers and interpreters of the jazz scene in Spanish” was consolidated in 2010 with the launch, once again through Universal, of her highly recognized El Mar de Mi Vida (The Sea of my Life). Back 2 The Source is a trbute by Cortés to jazz, her greatest musical influence. Its repertoire includes standards & classics taken from the Great American Songbook, such as You Go to My Head, The Days of Wine and Roses, Mood Indigo, Body and Soul and Moon River, which she sings in English & Spanish.
In 2012, she released her most ambitious project, a live recording (CD/DVD) Jazz One Night with Eva Cortés in Madrid. After touring Spain, France, Holland and New York, she created a great union and rapport with her band … one that is created after travelling and being continuously together for a long period of time. Jazz One Night is probably the most definitive musical portrait of Cortés to date. Her latest work In Bloom was released in 2015 (Truth Revolution Records).
Eva Cortés: Vocals
Trevor Coleman: Piano/Trumpet
Álvaro Vieito: Guitar
Juan García: Contrabass & Chorus
Nacho Megina: Drums