GLORIA ARJONA

Singer, Story-teller, Author

I was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Mexico City, with long stays in Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Chiapas, and Chihuahua. Thanks to this experience, I learned to observe the cultural complexity of Mexico, which determined my interest in history, literature, and music.
Singing is my passion. I have different music projects, as a soloist and with my Brazilian jazz band "Along for the Ride". My performances can be educative and cultural-oriented, or merely recreational.

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Upcoming Events

  • La Casa de Adobe: Stories & Songs from Alta California
    Oct 04, 6:00 PM
    Cerritos, 18025 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703, USA
    Dr. Gloria Arjona explores the history of Spanish and Mexican California through stories, photography and songs. The songs presented in this program are largely based on the work of American journalist and collector, Charles Fletcher Lummis, who compiled old Spanish-language songs in the early 20th
  • The Story of Selena Quintanilla, by Dr. Gloria Arjona
    Fri, Oct 07
    https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-a
    Oct 07, 4:00 PM
    https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-a
    A biography of Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla, for young readers.
  • Frida: Tree of Hope
    Sat, Oct 15
    Pasadena
    Oct 15, 3:00 PM
    Pasadena, 140 S Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
    A multimedia lecture about iconic Latina, Frida Kahlo
  • Día de los Muertos (free)
    Sat, Oct 29
    Main Place Mall
    Oct 29, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Main Place Mall, 2800 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705, USA
    A Day of the Dead celebration with free activities for the whole family!
 

Girl from Ipanema

Known in Portuguese as "Garota de Ipanema", this iconic song was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes, inspired by the 17-year old Carioca (Rio de Janeiro native), Heloísa Pinheiro. The song was released with great success in 1964, with Astrud Gilberto on vocals. It is frequently classified as "elevator music", but it's a beautiful, well-done compostion that continues to please old and young generations.

 
 

Sabor a Bolero

Boleros are the most romantic Spanish songs. From Argentina to the US, people sing their poetic sweet & sour lyrics, and dance to their groove, that can be slow, or played as a Cha Cha, Rumba or Mambo. "Sabor a Bolero" is a project dedicated to the research and performance of boleros, and their Brazilian counterpart, Samba-canção. We can play as a duo, trio, quartet, up to a septet, and sing in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

 

Cuban Bolero (Osvaldo Farrés)

 

ALONG FOR THE RIDE

Bossa Nova, Jazz, Latin

Along for the Ride is a multicultural group of musicians from the US, Mexico, and Brazil with a common passion for jazz, in particular Brazilian jazz. We are a 7-band member, but we can play as duo, trio, etc.