Encantada is Julie's Brazilian band, offering polished, high-energy shows combining sultry bossa nova with classic, propulsive samba and baiao rhythms that bring the audience to their feet. Julie sings in the original Portuguese and tells the audience the song's story or adds English versions to make this truly "enchanting" music accessible to all. Most often a quartet, Encantada can appear as a trio or a larger ensemble, either as a featured band for a concert, or as background music at events, restaurants or clubs calling for Brazilian and Latin jazz rhythms. In addition to Julie's vocals and hand percussion, Encantada draws upon the best Brazilian and Latin players in the Washington, DC area, most often featuring:
Wayne Wilentz (piano) - Wayne has played Brazilian and American Jazz in the nation’s capital since 1989. In New York, Wayne performed with such famous R&B acts as The Coasters, The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, and Jimmy Norman. He was a keyboardist and composer for the '80's funk band "SKYY" from 1981 to 1989, and possesses a Gold Record commemorating their chart-topping Album "Skyy Line" on Salsoul Records. His collaboration at U-topia with the great vocalist Pam Bricker yielded a Wammie award-winning CD named after the club.
David Jernigan (bass) - David has over thirty years of experience playing jazz and Brazilian music in Washington, DC, and at concerts and jazz festivals nationally and worldwide. He has studied and worked with Brazilian master musicians in Rio de Janeiro and New York. In addition to regular engagements at clubs and restaurants in the region, he is called on to play in ensembles at venues including Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center and Jazz Night in Southwest at Westminster Church.
Jonas Durante (drums) - a native of Brazil, Jonas is in demand as a Brazilian and jazz drummer throughout the Washington, DC area and Asia and has played at venues from Blues Alley to Bossa Bistro.
Encantada at National Harbor!
Encantada plays Carnaval & Mardi Gras at Les Folies, Annapolis