AhSa-Ti Nu sits with Afro-Filipina composer and vocalist, Anna Maria Flechero. Flechero is the recipient of the Bay Area Blues Society Best Jazz Group of the Year award, and has recorded and performed with numerous distinguished resident and international musicians, e.g., Nelson Braxton, Lewis Nash, David Williams, Billy Higgins as well as the late bebop jazz pianist and luminary, Cedar Walton. Her performances include many international and Bay Area venues—Yoshi’s, Angelicas, Fenix, Savanna Jazz as well as festivals including the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, Pacifica’s Fog Fest and the Streets of Brentwood.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Flechero wrote lyrics, composed music and accompanied her brothers’ bands in various local music competitions. In her early 20’s Ms. Flechero co-founded Blessed Soul, a 13-piece Latin jazz band that performed on the same concert bills with such heavyweights as Santana, Pete Escovedo, Malo, and Graham Central Station. Eventually, Flechero ventured out on her own as a solo artist and landed a gig in Fukuoka, Japan after being described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “modern day blues singer.” In Fukuoka, Ms. Flechero performed at the internationally known Blackberrys and while there she met and sat in one night with jazz greats Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins and Tony Dumas.
You can find more information along with her music at https://www.annamariaflechero.com/