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ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Jazz at Kitano: Duduka Da Fonseca and Brazilian Express

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Brazilian percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca has led a variety of groups in Gotham venues for the past several years, performing the wildly popular samba music he learned growing up in Rio de Janeiro. His December 8 performance at The Kitano Hotel lounge in New York City was a high point of the holiday season, celebrating the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Guillermo Nojechowicz's El Eco: Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933

Read "Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In 1933, Europeans were only beginning to understand the horrors that the Nazi regime would bring to the continent. But already at that early stage, Jewish communities reacted with alarm to Hitler's rise to power--and many consequently made the decision to emigrate. One of the most common destinations in the Western Hemisphere was Argentina, which had ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mark Morganelli: Adds Club Owner To His Resume

Read "Mark Morganelli: Adds Club Owner To His Resume" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Mark Morganelli has long been known as a fine trumpet player and a promoter with years of experience in the jny: New York City area dating back to a jazz loft 39 years ago, through booking at the Village Gate, Birdland, morphing into his nonprofit Jazz Forum Arts organization known for the summer concert series he ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim

Read "John Pizzarelli Celebrates Sinatra-Jobim" reviewed by Nick Catalano

A few readers may recall a triumphant 1967 recording with Frank Sinatra singing and performing alongside legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The album, with arrangements by master arranger Claus Ogerman globally transported Brazilian music into stratospheric heights where it remains to the present day.

To celebrate the album's semicentennial anniversary world-renowned singer/ guitarist John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joyce Moreno: Cool

Read "Cool" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Since the late '60s, Brazilian guitarist and singer Joyce Moreno has been one of the most iconic members of the MPB movement, pushing the envelope way past the traditional bossa novas of Jobim. In the early '80s, albums such as Feminina and brought Joyce an international following that she continues to enjoy to this day. Her ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira

Read "Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A wide variety of recent Latin jazz releases. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and flamenco influences are all represented.

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe
Blue Tjade
VOF Recordings
2015

Vibraphonist Mike Freeman leads his ZonaVibe group through an exciting program of Latin jazz originals on his sixth album as leader. The title tune ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wolfgang Lackerschmid & The Brazilian Trio: Samba Gostoso

Read "Samba Gostoso" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This was bound to happen eventually. German vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid has worked with each man in The Brazilian Trio at different times and he's long been fascinated with the sounds of their homeland, so he was destined to eventually collaborate with this collective.

On Samba Gostoso, Lackerschmid is seamlessly integrated into the already-established ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harry Allen: Something About Jobim

Read "Something About Jobim" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Back in 1964, saxophonist Stan Getz made one of those perfect albums. He teamed up with famed Brazilian songwriters and guitarists, João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and delivered one of the best records in his career: Gezt/Gilberto (Verve, 1964). The combination of the wistfully vibrant bossa nova and the sensual saxophone sound of Getz proved ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ark Ovrutski: Intersection

Read "Intersection" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ukrainian bassist Ark Ovrutski arrived on American soil just over a decade ago, and he's been rather busy ever since. A nonstop go-getter from his earliest days, Ovrutski immediately made the most out of that move, steadily working his way into the ultra-competitive New York jazz scene and seeking out opportunities to further his playing and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

A New Album, "Predawn Shenanigans Club" By Wataru Uchida

A New Album, "Predawn Shenanigans Club" By Wataru Uchida

Born in Japan, tenor saxophonist Wataru Uchida was compelled by the power of swing to move to New York, only to come under the spell of Latin rhythms such as samba, Baião and Maracatu that form the core of a new release entitled Predawn Shenanigans Club. A specially recruited lineup of Brazilian jazz players bring life ...