Alexandra Beltran's Tale Of Love & Music

After recently completing and releasing a self-titled debut album with her band, Retro Notes, jazz vocalist Alexandra Beltran is excited ...

After recently completing and releasing a self-titled debut album with her band, Retro Notes, jazz vocalist Alexandra Beltran is excited by what lies ahead!
"Retro Notes and I recently just completed and released our debut album. Our album features cover songs of jazz classics.
'The recording process was just magic. Everything just felt right. It definitely motivated me to get in the recording studio again!", she said.

With the album out, now is the time to take the music to the people and what better way to do that than by performing at the world famous San José Jazz Summer festival where 100+ artists are expected to take to the stage. To say the group is excited would be the understatement of the year!
Beltran alsi hopes that the band can get back in the studio and record some original material in the aftermath of the festival.
"Retro Notes and I are definitely looking forward to our performance in the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest on August 11th. It has always been a dream of ours! After that, we hope to get back into the recording studio at some point, and maybe even work on some original music", said the artist.

For Alexandra, music has brought with it a new way of looking at life and she is looking to record more music and tour the world in the coming years. Music is a gift that she intends to share with the world.
"I definitely want to record some original music, and go on tour at some point. Music has brought such meaning into my life, and I would love to be able to share that with the world", said Beltran.

With her love for music having been evident from a very young age, it was only a matter of time before the singer found her way to the stage.
"I started out singing at a very young age. It started out as pop songs, but soon turned into broadway songs and jazz standards. Growing up, I have always been told I was an "old soul" both musically and and on a personal level.
"At a young age, I started singing at Lilibel's Cafe on a weekly basis. I also began taking private vocal lessons to work on my craft. I participated in many choirs, musicals, and events. Fast forward to now, I am incredibly happy to say that I am the lead vocalist of the San Francisco Bay Area jazz band, Retro Notes", said Beltran.

Responding to an online ad at the time, Alexandra had no idea that this was to be the beginning of her journey with Retro Notes, which today is home to Bryan Yoshida, Alex Weddle, Bendik Kleveland and Gunes Aybay, among others.
"Music seemed to run in my blood. My father was a musician, and had this incredible bond with it. He always supported my art, and encouraged me to pursue it. After my father's passing in 2016, I felt I needed to channel my energy into my music.
"One afternoon, I randomly stumbled across an ad online looking for a jazz vocalist. This changed my musical career. I soon met three talented musicians, and began my journey with them. We began including other musicians, and formally began our group, Retro Notes.
"I'd like to think that my father was watching over me, and led me to this new chapter. Every song I sing, is in honor of my father. I owe all of my musical success to him. He gave me two of the greatest gifts: Love and music", she said.

It has been quite an experience so far for the jazz vocalist and given her immense talent, it can only get better from here, that's for sure!
​"Last year, I was invited to perform in a John Bisceglie production at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. It was definitely the highlight of my musical career. It was such an honor to be on the stage of such a prestigious venue. I remember thinking, "Wow...I am on the stage where artists like Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae once performed!" I still can't get over it!", said Beltran.

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful article, Urban Craft Magazine! I’d also like to thank José Balderas, Lauren Guzzetta, and John Bisceglie for the wonderful photos!



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Urban Craft Magazine: Alexandra Beltran's Tale Of Love & Music
Alexandra Beltran's Tale Of Love & Music
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