510JAZZ is not strictly Bossa. We like to explore the boundaries of Jazz, while infusing the soul of this beautiful music born in Brazil more than 50 years ago.
We strive to bring new sounds to music lovers, which feature our own original compositions – performed by talented musicians from all over the Bay Area.
Fremont natives John and David Vargas (aka “D-Varg”) collaborated to write 16 original songs that celebrate the genre of Bossa Nova. Our compositions are inspired by the great works of composers Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins and Celso Fonseca.
In the spirit of of legendary producer Quincy Jones and Sergio Mendes, we strive to bring talented musicians from the Bay Area to one studio, to produce new original hits. John Vargas is bandleader and lead vocalist – a student of classic bossa nova. D-Varg is an accomplished rap and hiphop artist who infuses a new groove into our mix.
Building a core-band of talented musicians, we enlisted: Tony Song (guitar) Mark Rickey (keyboards) Ravi Jayasinghe (bass) Sam Brignon (drums) Oshra Sedan (vocals)
Our debut album “Bossa510” also features talented session players from all over the San Francisco Bay Area — bringing a wide variety of styles and instrumentation into the mix: Ed Lee (guitar) David Stockman (congas) Chris Koraltan (drums) Esther Berndt (alto sax) Randy Merril (trumpet and flugelhorn) Tom Povse (flute) Nikki Rey (vocals) Jamillions (vocals)