OAKLAND -- Jazz at the Chimes will present Nuvo Chamber Trio at 2 p.m. July 20 at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.

The Chapel of the Chimes will be the backdrop for an afternoon of musical explorations. The Nuvo Chamber Trio features expansive jazz reinterpretations of late-Romantic classics by Gabriel Faure and Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ladino folk music, plus original Brazilian and Turkish compositions. Rounding out the repertoire includes a suite of blues works by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner along with a whimsical gypsy version of the Fats Waller classic, "Honeysuckle Rose."

Nuvo Chamber Trio is an ensemble that bridges the gap between jazz and classical styles, world music and free improvisation, acoustic and electronic sensibilities.

The group is comprised of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, composer and arranger and educator Michael Smolens; touring cellist, composer and educator Sam Bass; and the versatile percussionist Brian Rice.

Smolens, who has performed for nearly four decades, incorporates colors, moods and arranging concepts from a multitude of influences. His primary sources of inspiration include: contemporary jazz; modern vocal flights; 20th-century classical; North Indian classical; African music; modern Brazilian music; accompanied Sufi poetry; and stage magic. He holds two music degrees from UC Santa Cruz.

Cellist Sam Bass received a bachelor's of music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1994. A cellist with many interests, Sam performs and composes works for several eclectic, pop and jazz ensembles, solo cello and piano. His compositions have appeared in several independent feature films. As a performer he has appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "The Jimmy Kimmel Show," and has shared stages with well-known pop artists David Byrne, Thomas Dolby, Les Claypool and many others.

Percussionist Brian Rice collaborates with Smolens in three other ensembles -- the mini-big band KRIYA Octet, and electroacoustic earPlay Jazzquintet, and the West-African fusion trio Bal du Kor. Rice's style range is vast, extending from jazz, West African, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and North Indian, to various shades of pop, to contemporary classical and experimental music.

The July 20 concert will be followed by a reception where the public can meet the musicians, purchase CDs and enjoy refreshments.

Jazz at the Chimes is a concert series sponsored by Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland featuring Bay Area talent.

-- Mary D'Orazi, Jazz at the Chimes

IF YOU GO
What: Jazz at the Chimes featuring Nuvo Chamber Trio
When: 2 p.m. July 20
Where: Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland; plenty of free parking
Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors (60 and older) and students for concert and reception; purchase tickets at the door and cash only; ticket sales begin at 12:30 p.m.; doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Information: chimesjazz@gmail.com; 510-654-0123 or www.jazzatthechimes.com