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Dori Caymmi

Dori Caymmi is an internationally celebrated composer and singer, having an expressive production recorded by many important artists worldwide, along with a prominent career as an arranger and producer, having also written music for soundtracks.

The son of composer Dorival Caymmi and former singer Stella Maris (Adelaide Tostes Caymmi), Caymmi began very early to study music, taking up piano at eight with Lucia Branco, and later, with Nise Poggi Obino. Attending the Conservatório Lorenzo Fernandez for music theory classes, he also studied harmony with Paulo Silva and Moacir Santos. In 1959, he debuted on the stage, accompanying his sister Nana. In 1960, he joined the Grupo dos Sete, writing music for televised plays. In December 1964, the important play +Opiniao (performed at a theater with the same name in Rio), which buried bossa nova and generated the MPB as a movement derived from protest songs, had his musical direction and violao playing. In 1966, he directed the music for the important play +Arena Conta Zumbi during the Carioca season. From 1964 to 1966, he produced the recordings of such artists as Edu Lobo, Eumir Deodato, and Nara Leao for the Philips label. In 1965, he performed in the historic Beco das Garrafas on Rio's 52nd street at Bottle's nightclub, together with Francis Hime. The next year, he presented himself, together with Hime, Wanda Sa, and Vinicius de Moraes, at the Teatro de Bolso in Rio. With Nelson Motta, he composed several songs presented in Brazil's historic festivals, being classified several times. In 1966, their song "Saveiros," interpreted by Nana Caymmi, won first place in the national competition and second place at the international, at the I FIC (International Song Festival) of TV Rio. The next year, with "Cantiga" performed by MPB4, they came in ninth place at the II FIC from TV Globo, Rio. One of the biggest hits of the duo, "O Cantador" ("Like a lover"), recorded by many artists such as Flora Purim, Natalie Cole, and Sarah Vaughan, was also classified at TV Record's III FMPB (Festival of Brazilian Popular Music). The duo also wrote "De Onde Vens," recorded by Elis Regina and Nara Leao, and "Festa," recorded by Jair Rodrigues, Elis Regina, and Sergio Mendes.

Joining Paul Winter's sextet as arranger and violonista (acoustic guitar player), he toured with them in the U.S. and Canada. The first LPs by Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa, Domingo, and by Gilberto Gil, Louvacao, had his musical direction and (noncredited) arrangements.

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Album Review

Magos Herrera: Aire

Read "Aire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Se amate l'universo musicale latino nelle sue varie espressioni--più o meno jazzisticamente orientate--verrete coinvolti profondamente da questo disco intenso e sorprendente. Magos Herrera è una cantante e compositrice messicana poco nota in Italia ma considerata tra le massime vocalist contemporanee. Magos risiede a New York dal 2008 e in due decenni ha pubblicato dischi ricercati, spaziando da contenuti jazzistici (ad es. Distancia con Aaron Goldberg e Lionel Loueke) a personali incursioni nel patrimonio musicale di Centro e Sudamerica ...

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Eliane Elias: Quietude

Read "Quietude" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Brazilian-born pianist/vocalist and multi-Grammy-winning artist Eliane Elias returns to her musical roots on Quietude, her 31st album as leader and a follow up to her Grammy Award-winning album Mirror, Mirror (Candid Records, 2021), a duet with the late Chick Corea and Chucho Valdes. Recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and in New York, on this album Elias shares eleven of her own personal favorite bossa nova songs showcasing her sultry Portuguese vocals and relegating her talents on the piano to a ...

Live Review

Dori Caymmi: Half Moon Bay, California, November 11, 2012

Read "Dori Caymmi: Half Moon Bay, California, November 11, 2012" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Dori Caymmi QuartetBach Dancing & Dynamite SocietyDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CaliforniaNovember 11, 2012Brazilian veteran acoustic guitarist, singer, composer, and arranger Dori Caymmi engaged the audience at the Bach Dynamite & Dancing Society, aka the Douglas Beach House, with some of the most heartfelt songs of all time sung in Portuguese. Accompanying him were his longtime band members Bill Cantos on piano, keyboard and accompanying vocals, Mike Shapiro on drums and percussion, and ...

Album Review

Dori Caymmi: Cinema: A Romantic Vision

Read "Cinema: A Romantic Vision" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Dori Caymmi is a veteran guitarist, singer, composer and arranger who has successfully married the popular musical forms of his native Brazil with American jazz. On Cinema: A Romantic Vision, Caymmi offers gentle interpretations of familiar tunes associated with the movies.With 10 recognizable melodies done up in Caymmi's soulful Brazilian style, Cinema is a soothing listen. The artist's distinctive chordal approach on acoustic guitar is prominently featured, and his arrangements are lush and impressionistic. Select songs also feature ...

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Dori Caymmi New CD Release: "Inner World"

Dori Caymmi New CD Release: "Inner World"

Source: Michael Ricci

Two Time Grammy Award Winner of “Best Latin Song and Best Latin Samba Recording”, will release a new CD via the MusicTaste label Brazilian Bossa Nova/Jazz musician Dori Caymmi will release his new album Inner World on July 14th 2009 through HoriPro Entertainment Group’s new digital record label MusicTaste. Dori Caymmi is the son of the legendary Brazilian musician Dorival Caymmi. Dori is a celebrated vocalist, guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer. Dori Caymmi will be hosting a CD release party ...


Performance / Tour

Emilio Santiago and Dori Caymmi, Rough, Side by Side with Smooth

Emilio Santiago and Dori Caymmi, Rough, Side by Side with Smooth

Source: Michael Ricci

Standing shoulder to shoulder on the stage of Birdland on Wednesday evening, Emilio Santiago and Dori Caymmi, two luminaries of Brazilian bossa nova, engaged in an intimate musical dialogue between the smooth and the rough.

Smoothness was embodied by Mr. Santiago, nicknamed the Nat King Cole of Brazil, who has recorded since the mid-1970s and was making his debut at the club. Because his voice is richer and deeper than Coles, the comparison applies only to the extent that both ...



Win 2 Free Tickets to Dori Caymmi's Concert & His New Album

Win 2 Free Tickets to  Dori Caymmi's Concert & His New Album

Source: All About Jazz

Win Free Dori Caymmi Birdland Tickets & His New upcoming CD Album

To celebrate BossaBrazil festival, MusicTaste will be giving away 2 FREE tickets to see popular Brazilian musician Dori Caymmi at Birdland in NYC.

The winner will also be receiving a free copy of his upcoming new album which Caymmi is recording right now. To enter the contest simply tell us whats your favorite Caymmi song is in 200 words or less as comment in this blog by April ...



Music Taste Releases Dori Caymmi's Cinema: A Romantic Vision

Music Taste Releases Dori Caymmi's Cinema: A Romantic Vision

Source: All About Jazz

Although his name is not as well known as some of the contemporary artists receiving constant airplay today, Dori Caymmi has a unique ability in drawing in any unsuspecting listener's immediate attention. This is not to say that the great Caymmi is an unknown artist, he was nominated for a Grammy award for his definitive album Cinema: A Romantic Vision which is also the focus of this article. The album showcases Caymmi's expert arrangement and improvisation at its arguably finest, ...


Performance / Tour

Joyce and Dori Caymmi at Satalla - November 5th and 6th

Joyce and Dori Caymmi at Satalla - November 5th and 6th

Source: All About Jazz

This weekend at Satalla, join us in welcoming Joyce and Dori Caymmi, touring on the release of their new CD, Rio Bahia, on Far Out Records. Two sets nightly. Contact info.: Satalla 37 West 26th Street Manhattan 212 - 576 - 1155 November 05, 2005 Rough Guides presents Joyce & Dori Caymmi -Brazilian -Jazz -CD Release 7:30pm & 10pm - Admission $30 in advance/$35 at the door - advance tickets on sale at Smarttix. Described by Antonio Carlos Jobim as ...

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