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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Eliane Elias: For The Love of Jazz

Read "Eliane Elias: For The Love of Jazz" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Grammy award winner. Child prodigy. Internationally renowned artist. Sophisticated and improvisational jazz pianist. A vocalist of style and grace. A woman of beauty and integrity. Yes, I am speaking of Brazil's gift to the jazz world, Eliane Elias. To be so fortunate to recently speak with this remarkable woman was a treat and memorable moment in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Daniela Soledade, Vocalist With Deep Roots In Traditional Brazilian Music, Will Release Her Debut Album, A Moment Of You, On September 6

Daniela Soledade, Vocalist With Deep Roots In Traditional Brazilian Music, Will Release Her Debut Album, A Moment Of You, On September 6

Daniela Soledade may initially seem like a fresh name in Brazilian music, but the vocalist’s impact immediately strikes a chord as encountered on her debut album, A Moment of You (Blue Line Music Records, 2019). A carefully curated set of Bossa Nova gems (while dodging the most obvious choices), Brazilian-ized standards and original songs, created in ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ricardo Bacelar’s new CD, "Concerto para Moviola," captures an exciting live performance by the dynamic Brazilian Pianist/Composer/Arranger

Ricardo Bacelar’s new CD, "Concerto para Moviola," captures an exciting live performance by the dynamic Brazilian Pianist/Composer/Arranger

Concerto para Moviola, the new CD from Brazilian pianist, composer, and arranger Ricardo Bacelar, puts jazz fusion of the 1970s and 1980s in the spotlight with tunes by Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Yellowjackets, Antonio Carlos Jobim and other greats. The new recording documents a performance specially produced for the traditional Guaramiranga Jazz and Blues Festival, held annually ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Notti di Fado a Lisbona: Carminho, José Manuel Neto, Ana Moura

Read "Notti di Fado a Lisbona: Carminho, José Manuel Neto, Ana Moura" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Carminho, José Manuel Neto, Ana Moura
Fado no Castelo
Castelo de Sao Jorge
Lisbona
16-18.06.2016

Il castello di São Jorge, sulla collina che domina Lisbona e il Tejo, è uno dei luoghi più suggestivi d'Europa ma diventa indimenticabile quando ospita un festival di per sé speciale come “Fado no ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hans Olding & Sigurdur Flosason: Projeto Brasil!

Read "Projeto Brasil!" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Projeto Brasil!, from saxophonist/flutist Sigurdur Flosason and guitarist Hans Olding, when compared to the authentic and stunningly beautiful Porto da Madama, seems rather tame. But, one cannot fault a project for not being what it cannot be, and never tried to be.

What Flosason and Olding have created is a tribute to the music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leny Andrade, Roni Ben-Hur: Alegria de Viver

Read "Alegria de Viver" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tra le voci storiche della musica brasiliana, Leny Andrade è una delle meno note al pubblico internazionale. Eppure è tra le massime interpreti della musica sudamericana e lo conferma -all'età di 72 anni -in questo ultimo album, registrato in duo col chitarrista Roni Ben-Hur. Sorretta da un timbro dalla venatura polverosa, che negli anni ha aggiunto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hans Olding & Sigurdur Flosason: Projeto Brasil!

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The bossa nova, samba and popular Brazilian music of the 60s and 70s are the main theme on Projeto Brasil!, a stylish collaboration from Swedish guitarist/composer Hans Olding and Icelandic saxophonist Sigurdur Flosason as the duo pay tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento and Vinicius de Moraes. The two co-leaders provide innovative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Federico Britos: Hot Club of the Americas

Read "Hot Club of the Americas" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Violinist extraordinaire Federico Britos originally from Montevideo, Uruguay and affectionately referred to by his close friends as “Federico the Uruguayan"--state's one of his closest colleagues, Paquito D'Rivera--has always had a particular affinity for the music of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the renowned Hot Club of France. Britos pays tribute to the music of that era ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Eliane Elias: The Authenticity of the Groove

Read "Eliane Elias: The Authenticity of the Groove" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I was 22 years old and I told Toots Thielemans that I had some tunes I'd like him to listen to," says Eliane Elias, the Brazilian-born pianist, a child prodigy who rose to the upper echelons of music during her time in the United States. The discussion with the famed harmonica player came during a rehearsal ...

Take Five with Michel Nirenberg

Read "Take Five with Michel Nirenberg" reviewed by Michel Nirenberg

Meet Michel Nirenberg:
Michel Nirenberg is a Brazilian saxophonist and composer who has performed and recorded in North and South America with some of the leading names in Latin jazz. His first CD as a leader entitled Retrato/Portrait will be released in spring of 2015. It features leading Rogerio Souza, Dani Cortaza and Alex Brown ...