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O Som Do Jazz

Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, this sextet features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced Latin jazz musicians performing samba-jazz, Bossa Nova, Balanço, Baião and MPB. O Som Do Jazz (the sound of jazz in Portuguese) recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian music.

Trained as an architect, O Som Do Jazz singer Andrea Moraes Manson moved to the Tampa Bay area from Rio de Janeiro, she began performing with her jazz musician husband, David Manson. Andrea has a natural understanding of this wonderful music and sings from the heart, like only a Brazilian can, in Portuguese and English. Composer/arranger/trombonist David Manson's experience includes projects with Sam Rivers, Zappa repertoire band, Bogus Pomp and the EMIT series, among others.

Imagine Brazilian musicians in love with American jazz playing in Rio de Janeiro night clubs circa 1965 - and you get an idea of what O Som Do Jazz is about. The original music of O Som Do Jazz has been featured in HBO's series "Looking", Fox "Grandfathered" and in Chinese and Turkish bossa nova compilations. The group has three CDs: "Infinita Bossa", "A Kiss for Rio" & "Go!" and has performed on the Miami International Jazz Fest, Clearwater Jazz Holiday and other festivals.


"On Sunday, July 8, the O Som Do Jazz Sextet performed to a packed Side Door cabaret room at the Palladium. Attendees lounged to the pitch-perfect sounds of the experienced jazzy players; a sonorous mix of instrumental numbers, classic Brazilian pop and sultry samba. Dynamic and subtly passionate, Moraes sang with a range that went from whisper soft to belly-socking belt-outs, drawing from Brazilian greats like Elis Regina." - Julie Garisto, Creative Loafing

"Here you have a Brazilian vocalist performing together with Colombian, Cuban and US musicians in a joyful performance of Brazilian sounds... Andrea Moraes Manson’s vocals are direct and with plenty of swing to spare. It’s a joy to hear her voice." - Egídio Leitão, Musica Brasileira

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Clinic/Workshop Information

O Som Do Jazz van provide a clinic on Brazilian music styles for your school.

Baden Powell
guitar, acoustic
Elis Regina
voice / vocals

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Isospin Labs


A Kiss for Rio

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Infinita Bossa

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