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In her native Brazil, Rosa Passos is known and loved as "a feminine João Gilberto." For a singer/songwriter who carries the soulful cool of bossa nova into a new age, there can be no higher compliment. Mingling the classics of Gilberto, Jobim, Barroso and other masters of Brazilian song with her own enchanting works, Passos sings in a sweet, warm, totally-in-tune voice that the Los Angeles Times has hailed as "sounding a bit like the legendary Elis Regina but with the rhythmic articulation of Ella Fitzgerald." That voice and that style, which Brazilian fans have known for years, are pleasures international audiences are now getting to know a little better

Camila Meza e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Camila Meza e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

All About Jazz Italia: Il tratto principale della mia musica. Camila Meza: Emotivamente piena di colori, diversificata e in perenne sviluppo. AAJI: La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me. C.M. : Che siano al servizio della musica, con mente cuore e orecchie aperte, e pronti ad offrirsi ...

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Ecuador Jazz 2016

Read "Ecuador Jazz 2016" reviewed by Mark Holston

Ecuador Jazz 2016 Quito, Ecuador February 10-21, 2016 When jazz cognoscente discuss their favorite festival destinations, it's understandable if Quito, Ecuador is seldom, if ever, mentioned. Geographically isolated in the mountainous reaches of South America's second smallest Spanish- speaking nation, this hilly, equator-hugging capital city of some two million souls is surrounded ...

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Take Five With Ana Velinova

Read "Take Five With Ana Velinova" reviewed by Ana Velinova

Meet Ana Velinova: Jazz vocalist and songwriter Ana Velinova has inspired audiences around the world with her wide range arstistic talents. With repertoire extending from Mozart and Stravinsky to Ellington, Dorsey and Jobim, Ana has shared the stage with many accomplished jazz artists including Bob Moses, Neil Swainson, Don Thompson, Brad Turner, Willard Dyson and ...

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Barranquijazz 2013

Read "Barranquijazz 2013" reviewed by Mark Holston

BarranquijazzBarranquilla, ColombiaSeptember 4-8, 2013“Audiences in Latin America are totally different than in Europe," Italian clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi told me while we shared a bus ride from the international airport n Barranquilla, Colombia to our hotel. “Here, if you connect with them, people become passionate and emotionally expressive. In Europe, someone will come up ...

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Jazz Festivals Flower in Colombia

Jazz Festivals Flower in Colombia

By Mark Holston Colombians know a great deal about the power of music. In the 1980s and early '90s, when cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and other drug lords turned South America's second most populous country into a battlefield, music was used as a tool to lure youngsters away from a life of drug-fueled violence. In the ...

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Margret: Com Voce

Read "Com Voce" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The blushing, demure voice of Margret Grebowicz is a thing of rare and extraordinary beauty. Everything about her is so perfect that she seems to exist in singular splendor. She is pitch-perfect, no matter how nuanced the note she sings is. Usually she can make this up with a tone so freshly subtle and unusual that ...

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Adriana Miki: Sashimiki

Read "Sashimiki" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The spry and sensuous voice of the Brazilian Adriana Miki is beautifully showcased on her debut album, Sashimiki, produced by her bass-playing partner in this project, Sérgio Crestana. Delivering an exquisitely chosen, albeit short, program, Miki emerges with soft grandeur as Astrud Gilberto once did when she voiced the songs of her then husband, Jo&#227o Gilberto. ...

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Anna Estrada: Obsesion

Read "Obsesion" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

When Elis Regina died, most Brazilians thought that the vacuum created by her loss could not be filled. Then along came Rosa Passos and Anna Estrada. The two vocalists did not jostle for a position in the vacant slot that Regina left behind, however both have filled it individually with the extraordinary breadth and scope of ...

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Rosa Passos: Romance

Read "Romance" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On Rosa Passos' new release, the “female João Gilberto" emerges with a selection of tunes all having to do with the faces of love, from asserting one's feelings towards a significant other to dealing with the prospect of being alone. On “Preciso Aprender A Ser So," she sings about coming to terms with the end of ...


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