Cuevas offers sophisticated jazz with some Latin spice

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Subtle, strong, elegant, sophisticated yet simple and honest.

That’s is how The Live Music Report described Eliana Cuevas’ singing, stage presence and music.

Cuevas brings her “driving Caribbean rhythms and first class Latin” music and her five-piece band to Duncan, Nov. 11 in a special treat for fans of live jazz.

“(She’s) playing for the Victoria Jazz Society on Friday,” promoter Longevity John Falkner said in a release. “We were in the right place at the right time

”After a decade of intensive performing, writing and composing, Cuevas is regarded as one of Canada’s finest world and jazz music performers and creators,” her promotional material states.

In 2007 Cuevas won the Toronto Independent Music Awards as world music artist of the year. In 2008, she was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the best world music solo artist category. In 2009, she received an award for 'best Latin performer' at the National Jazz Awards.

She has recorded four albums, here latest entitled Espejo.

“In this new album Eliana has pushed her boundaries exploring her songwriting abilities, her vocal register and introducing a wide variety of textures," the promo material reads.  “Her songwriting style with musical elements that draw on Latin American popular tradition, North American pop, jazz and more, has resulted in a hybrid branch of world music difficult to define and impossible to forget.”

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Duncan Garage Showroom. Tickets are $20 door, $18 in advance.

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