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Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz: A View From Below

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New York City-based jazz musician Scott Feiner's fourth recording as a leader draws attention to his unique artistry as a pandeiro player, which is a hand drum he discovered during his first trip to Brazil in 1999. As an educator, he's spread the good word with presentations and workshops across the globe. Interestingly enough, Feiner's percussive aplomb is almost beyond belief, especially when considering what he accomplishes on one relatively small drum. You can almost hear the fusion of a bass drum and snare underscoring his sweeping and undulating pulses, amid a broad textural aura in support of this smooth ...

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Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz at Zinc Bar

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Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz Zinc Bar New York, NY August 30, 2013 At a rare New York City performance, Rio de Janeiro-based pandeiro player Scott Feiner showcased a set of solely original material from his upcoming independent release A View From Below. Backed by a trio rounded out by Vitor Gonçalves (keys) and Guilherme Monteiro (guitar), he kicked things off with the title track, a fast-paced tune that blended his Brazilian and American jazz influences. After performing with various ensembles and lineups over the years, Feiner has found the ...

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Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz: New York City, NY, December 01, 2012

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Scott Feiner & Pandeiro JazzZinc BarNew York, NYDecember 1, 2012Rio de Janeiro-based, New York-born pandeiro master Scott Feiner constantly seeks different approaches for the genre he arguably created when he incorporated his instrument--a trademark of sambas and chorinho--into a more contemporary jazz format. Since the release of his debut, Pandeiro Jazz (Delira Musica, 2006), he has fronted drummer-less quartets (bass, guitar, saxophone) that explore alternate sonic textures with a Brazilian feel, but also defined by a unique vibe. On his first visit to New York since 2010, Feiner changed his usual format by ...

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Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz at Zinc Bar, Nov. 4 2010

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Scott Feiner and Pandeiro JazzZinc BarNew York, NYNovember 3, 2010 For the CD release event for his third CD Accents (Zoho, 2010), pandeiro jazz innovator Scott Feiner took the stage with the same musicians that played on the recording sessions: Freddie Bryant (acoustic and 12-string guitar), Joel Frahm(tenor and soprano saxophone) and Joe Martin (bass). Feiner seemed determined to take the music into a different direction: instead of the more Brazilian-inspired material from previous live appearances, the band went into a more straight-ahead direction, opening with Bryant's “Alone." They followed that with the disc's title ...

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Scott Feiner: Accents

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While drummer-leaders don't usually get enough credit, pandeiro-leaders usually don't exist. The pandeiro--a small, handheld instrument that marries that best traits of a deeper-sounding, jingle-less frame drum and a tambourine--is a staple of Brazilian percussion. When Scott Feiner first encountered the instrument, during his first trip to Brazil in 1999, he immediately took to it. In fact, his interest in the instrument was a factor in his decision to relocate to Rio. Several years later, Feiner felt comfortable enough to record his first CD with the pandeiro as his prime instrument, and the same crew that appeared ...

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Take Five With Scott Feiner

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Meet Scott Feiner:Scott Feiner's musical story is not a common one. Not only is he an American pandeiro player, but he also introduced this Brazilian hand drum to the world of jazz in a highly personal way. A native of New York City, Feiner received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies/Guitar at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, where he studied jazz history with the legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean. In the early '90s, he was a respected guitarist in the New York Jazz scene, but in 1999, during his first trip ...

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Scott Feiner At Smoke Jazz Club

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Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz Smoke Jazz Club New York, New York November 4, 2009

Quite a few fans and critics seem to have a misconception of Scott Feiner's Pandeiro Jazz project. Because he lives in Rio de Janeiro, plays the pandeiro and often includes compositions by Brazilian songwriters like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Gonzaga, many are quick to label his work as “Brazilian jazz." However, listening to him live, one realizes that what he is doing is something completely different. As an American, Feiner plays his instrument from ...

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Scott Feiner: Dois Mundos

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What has native New Yorker and former guitarist Scott Feiner been doing in Rio de Janeiro since 2001? He's been playing the tambourine-like pandeiro, developing it as a viable jazz instrument, leading an ensemble--and effectively creating a music--he calls Pandeiro Jazz. In this unique idiom, the handheld pandeiro replaces the drums and yields a sound that is texturally spare, yet surprisingly full. The style is an unforced hybrid, marrying a Brazilian aesthetic to the kind of straight-ahead American jazz Feiner pursued as a guitarist-bandleader at Augie's and other clubs in the mid '90s. Pandeiro Jazz (Delira Music), ...

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Scott Feiner: Pandeiro Jazz

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Just when you thought that there was very little left to be introduced to the world of jazz, here comes a New York City-born musician with a pandeiro (the Brazilian cousin of the tambourine) in his hand to prove otherwise. There is nothing really new about the pandeiro--you can hear it on virtually every samba recording ever made, and Sergio Mendes often uses it in his live sets when performing tunes like “Mas Que Nada. But this is the first time I have heard it used as a replacement for the drums in a jazz quartet--especially on ...

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Scott Feiner: Pandeiro Jazz

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If you're not a fan of Brazilian music, chances are you're not already familiar with the pandeiro, a small hand-held frame drum that's similar in appearance to the tamborine. This unpretentious percussion instrument lends a uniquely airy texture and soft-tufted pop to the small jazz ensemble mix on Scott Feiner's Pandeiro Jazz.Feiner started out as a guitarist on the New York City jazz scene, but on a trip to Brazil he encountered--and was captivated by--the sound of the pandeiro when he heard a young boy playing the instrument on the street. Fast forward: Feiner was so entranced by ...



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