Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, teacher and composer with a professional career marked by diversity and improvisation. In the words of Latin Grammy Nominated pianist and composer, Jovino Santos Neto, “Rebecca plays flute with the passion of a flamenco dancer.” Rebecca’s international career has taken her to perform in Brazil, Argentina, Africa, Europe and Australia including Melbourne’s International Women in Jazz Festival, ‘Encontro de Cantores’ in Salvador, Bahia, SESC in São Paulo, Birdland in NYC and the blue whale in Los Angeles. Closer to her current Oakland, California home base, she has graced the stages of the San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s San Francisco and Oakland, California Jazz Conservatory, Piedmont Piano, the Sound Room, Oracle Stadium, Paramount Theatre and the SF Jazz Center.
An explorer at heart, she rockets and flows between genres, leading The Rebecca Kleinmann Jazz Quartet with pianist Alex Conde, bassist Gary Brown, and drummer Marlon Aldana, performing in “Duo Brasiliense” with guitarist/composer Ian Faquini, leading Brazilian Choro ensembles, playing for Forró dances with Dona Francisca and accompanying flamenco artists including dancers Melissa Cruz and Clara Rodriguez. She released her debut album “Raio de Sol” in 2005 and has since performed and recorded with countless musical greats including Airto Moreira, Chico Pinheiro, Carlos Oliveira, Lionel Loueke, SK Kakraba, and Hermeto Pascoal. Jazz pianist Benny Green states, “Rebecca is masterful and selfless in her ability and inclination of melding her sound with her environment.” Her environment has been exceptionally musically rich. Find out more about this intriguing rising artist at rebeccakleinmann.com.
“Speaking of flute, there is no one playing that instrument in the San Francisco Bay who has more facility than Rebecca Kleinmann…
…Rebecca Kleinmann is one of my favorite players of this challenging instrument, in the world. As someone who makes a point of looking for flautists across the globe, and who has listened to literally thousands of recordings that feature or include flutes, both Western and others, I believe she is among the very best. She brings her high level technical facility, a sound both jazzy and yet full of melody and an energy and drive to her playing. And if this wasn’t enough, she has spent years studying and playing with great musicians. With all of this, she demonstrates warmth and delight in every playing situation. This is an artist who we never grow tired of.”
Ken VERMES, “JazzPolice” http://jazzpolice.com/archives/963