Thank you to WPFW! I was honored to appear Thursday, April 13, on Live at 5 with Sammy Munguia on piano; David Jernigan on bass; and Roberto Santos on drums! We talked about the New Voices Concert series at Mr. Henry's, my show the following evening, and my new CD "Influência do Jazz"! Also, we talked about all the great ways that Mr. Henry's supports the jazz community in the DMV.
Listen here: http://www.wpfwfm.org/radio/
Maija ("Maya") has been performing in the DMV since the 90’s appearing with such greats as Keter Betts, Buck Hill, Bob Butta, Charlie Byrd, David Kane, Drew Gress, James King, Claudio Roditi, Paul Bollenbach, Richard Miller, Wayne Wilentz, David Jernigan, Mike Smith and James West. She studied jazz in DC at the Levine School and with many of the top singers in the DC area.
Maija’s first album "Before We Lose Tomorrow," released in 1993, was lauded by local and national jazz critics and aired on jazz stations in the US, Japan, Europe and on Voice of America. Her second album, "In Another Lifetime," released in 1996, was also acclaimed by critics in Jazz Times, Cadence, the Washington Post, and other publications here and abroad. Maija and Robert Redd penned the title cut "In Another Lifetime," which also contained some fresh new sambas written by Valucha de Castro. With two critically acclaimed CDs to her credit, Brazilian music has always been a centerpiece of Maija's shows and albums.
In June 2016, she released a third album of all Brazilian tunes, “Influência do Jazz,” featuring many of the world class musicians who have played with her over the years.
Review by Mike West, Washington CityPaper, Sept. 19, 2016:
Maija Rejman is small lady with a husky voice. She doesn’t look, or even initially sound, like a singer of Brazilian jazz. But she will surprise you with an astounding rhythmic ear, and more importantly, horsepower to go with that ear. She also has a marvelous facility with the delicate lyricisms of the Brazilian Portuguese tongue. I saw her this summer at Old Engine 12 (whose days as a jazz venue, incidentally, appear to be over); I came in uncertain about what I was about to see, and came out a true believer. See her with a crack band like trombonist David Sacks, bassist David Jernigan, and pianist Wayne Wilentz—the latter probably the top-line Brazilian jazz musician in the city—and you will be too. Majia performs at 8 and 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW. $20.