Ray Obeido plays the FENIX supper club, San Rafael, CA

The San Francisco Bay Area Latin Jazz Scene includes some of the best players in the world

“Mistura Fina” rocks the house and makes new fans
Bay AREA Latin music scene is the gift that keeps on giving

June 13, 2013

By Ken Vermes

On May 25 the Ray Obeido band played at the new FENIX super club in San Rafael. And this writer, as a guest of vocalist Sandy Cressman, got to sit right by the stage. First, the club is a spectacular room, with smooth and clean lines and a warm, but not loud style. The club opened in late January of this year and seems to be building an audience. On this night, every table was taken with both avid listeners and a few musicians.
Obeido is one of the great stars of the Bay Area Latin music scene. His playing is solid, inventive, and tinged with rock and funk. The entire band was a group of creative and powerful players. Especially notable was Alex Murzyn on sax and flute. And leading the group with a sure hand was Sandy Cressman on vocals. Ms. Cressman is another example of how the Bay Area produces musicians with a phenomenal handle on Latin material. People like Rebecca Kleinman, John Callaway, Wayne Wallace and others have combined their deep knowledge of the Latin genre with outstanding musicianship and exciting creativity.
As the band moved through original tunes by Ray, Sandy and others, it became obvious that their sound is beautiful, romantic and full of reflection and art. You could dance to it, listen to it or dream along with a tropical vision that cannot be much different from groups in Rio or many cities and towns south of the border.
And this kind of show would cost you triple the price of FENIX in New York or Los Angeles. If you want to see music in a beautiful and restful setting, you can’t go wrong with this spot. May it grow and prosper. And we look forward to seeing Ray and this group again. Their depth and musical sophistication will never make this musical experience anything but a joy
Check the Fenix web site for future shows
The club is managed by Merl Saunders, Jr, a most genial host

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