Greek-American vocalist Aggeliki Delivers brand new single “Samba Griega”


Scott H. Thompson

Samba Griega - a brand new single by Greek-American vocalist Aggeliki

It is a poetic love story, created by Greek legendary poet/lyricist Lina Nikolakopoulou and composed by her long time collaborator Daphne Alexandri. Aggeliki is well known in the NYC tri-state area from her remarkable performances in the Greek community. She is characterized by her smoky, sultry tone and sensual, soulful performances. Her versatility and unique ability to sing in various languages have distinguished her as a top female vocalist in the New York music scene. 

Samba Griega was arranged and produced by classical/jazz composer/guitarist Spiros Exaras. The song was recorded with an all star team of New York based musicians, and it was mixed and mastered by multi-Grammy® award winner Phil Magnotti.


The release date was 6/28/21 and the record labels are Rtime and Polyglottal Music.

The track features the following musicians:

Café : Brazilian percussion, vocals
Luisito Quintero : latin percussion, vocals  
Richie Morales : drums
Pablo Vergara : piano  
Ray Martinez : bass, vocals 
Jonathan Powell : trumpet 
Tokunori Kajiwara : trombone
Itai Kriss : flute  
Spiros Exaras : classical guitar, mandolin
Lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou
Music by Daphne Alexandri 
Arranged and Produced by Spiros Exaras
Executive Producers: Aggeliki and Lina Nikolakopoulou

- "A velvet voice! When the soul sings, you know it's Aggeliki singing! She conveys emotion in a captivating way, piercing our heart." - Panos Adamopoulos

- "How fortunate are those who have heard this ethereal voice!" - Karen Yang



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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.


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