Abelita Mateus. Photo Courtesy of the artist


Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer/songwriter/pianist Abelita Mateus ignites Jazz on the Terrace at the Parrish Art Museum with her thrilling vocals, original songs, and virtuoso piano playing on Friday, July 19 at 6pm. Part of the new generation of great Brazilian musicians, the New York-based artist plays international venues such as the Blue Note in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco, Ronnie Scott’s in London, and Bird’s Basement in Melbourne, Australia.  

“Hearing live music in the Museum’s beautiful natural setting, while enjoying the sunset and refreshments, is a real joy of summer,” said Jennifer Duque, Head of Museum Experiences. “Jazz on the Terrace is one of the many ways the Museum provides opportunities to be outside while experiencing great art and artists.”

Released in 2017, Mateus’s debut album Vivenda reached the 24th position on the Jazz Week charts. In 2018 her second album Mixed Feelings was nominated for Grammy Awards in three categories: Best Latin Jazz Album, Best Engineered Album—Non-Classical, and Best Instrumental Composition for Paizinho (Little Daddy).

Mateus is currently the pianist for the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, directed by Dizzy Gillespie alumni John Lee. She has performed with such notables as Paquito D’Rivera, John Lee, The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Antonio Hart, Eric Alexander, Larry Coryell, Claudio Roditi, Raul de Souza, Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Stryker, Romero Lubambo, and Portinho. In 2017, she was invited to perform alongside Helen Sung, Marcia Ball and Joanne Brackeen for NPR’S A Jazz Piano Christmas at the Kennedy Center.

Originally from São Paulo, Mateus began classical piano studies in her teens and gradually developed a passion for jazz that brought her to the U.S. to pursue a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Performance at William Paterson University. In Brazil, she performed with leading artists including Vinicius Dorin, Raul de Souza, and Hermeto Pascoal.


Jazz on the Terrace at the Parrish, organized by Richie Siegler, features live, outdoor performances by accomplished jazz artists with a backdrop of the East End sunset. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the live music from the terrace or the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Foundation Event Lawn, as chairs are not provided. Delicious food and specialty drinks are available for purchase. Table seating on the terrace is reserved for Golden Pear Cafe patrons.

All summer concerts are free with Museum admission and take place rain or shine.


Jazz on the Terrace: Abelita Mateus

Friday, July 19, 2019 – 6:00pm

$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students

Includes Museum admission


Friday nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:

Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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