Jazz percussionist and composer Andrea Marcelli will...

Jazz percussionist and composer Andrea Marcelli will bring Brazilian dance music to the South Bay on Sunday, putting on what organizers hope will be the first in a series of monthly performances by leading jazz musicians at Orville & Wilbur’s nightclub in Manhattan Beach.

Marcelli will preside over a Brazilian dance party, a tribute to Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval, and lead a band composed of Katia Moraes on vocals, Mario Costa on keyboards, Ramon Stagnaro on bass and Marcelli on percussion.

A 30-year-old native of Rome, Marcelli has a background in classical music but has attracted attention with two CDs featuring such jazz luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Mainieri and Ralph Towner.

Organizers say that if Sunday’s performance proves successful, they plan subsequent monthly performances with jazz artists including Holdsworth, a guitarist, and Tonight Show keyboardist Kenny Kirkland in May. The goal, promoter Mike Cline says, is to serve a monthly menu of jazz South Bay audiences can count on.

“It’s our belief that South Bay audiences will welcome an innovative music series that allows them to see at least one quality live show a month without driving 30 miles, sitting in the rafters or paying $40 a ticket,” Cline said. “Whether our star performer is well-known, like Kenny, or a new talent, like Andrea, we guarantee that no one will ever be disappointed in the quality of the music.”


What: Brazilian dance party.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Orville & Wilbur’s, 401 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach.

Cover: $4.

Parking: Free in O & W lot.

Information: (310) 545-6639.