Marco Villela, 18, trumpet/voice/piano/composer

August 14, 2021, 11:00 am

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Today it’s not strictly classical on Introductions: 18-year-old Marco Villela of Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood has been a longtime fixture of the Grammy-nominated band Mariachi Herencia de México. He’s appeared on Introductions multiple times with the group as a trumpeter, singer, spokesman and arranger, including in September 2017 and June 2020. This weekend we get to feature him in his own right as a trumpeter, trilingual singer, pianist, and composer.

Marco performs a mixture of classical, jazz and Latin styles in this recital from Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, joined by Introductions producer Robbie Ellis on piano.


Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons: All of Me *

Jean-Baptiste Arban: Characteristic Etude No. 8 in C minor

Alberto Cervantes & Rubén Fuentes: Cien años

Consuelo Velázquez: Bésame mucho

Marco Villela: All I Can Do is Dream

Antônio Carlos Jobim & Newton Mendonça: Desafinado *

Antônio Carlos Jobim & Vinícius de Moraes: Garota da Ipanema *

Errol Garner & Johnny Burke: Misty *

Tadd Dameron: Lady Bird *

Marco Villela, trumpet/voice/piano
* with Robbie Ellis, piano