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Back to Brazil: Part Three

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A singer who needs no introduction, Eliane Elias sculpts a predictably sensual soundscape on Love Stories (Concord). The nine-track project features a string orchestra and lush arrangements by Rob Mathes, unobtrusive rhythm section chores by a cadre of Brazilian percussionists, and the steady hand of bassist ...

Back to Brazil: Part One

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The recent passing of Brazilian music icon João Gilberto at the age of 88 invites us to reflect on the music revolution he was influential in sparking over six decades ago. The singer and guitarist, partnering with composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, announced the arrival of a ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Lynda Murray

​www.lyndamurraymusic.co.uk. Lynda met jazz photographer Jak Kilby in 1977 they were married in 1980 and had two children, Naomi Kilby (opera singer and artistic director of Opera Alegria) and Zak Kilby (photographic illustrator). She became immersed in the London jazz scene in the late 70’s and 80’s and switched from studying classical piano at music college to saxophone and started to play jazz. Lynda has been on that journey ever since. Lynda is mainly self-taught but along the way has had some coaching on the saxophone and in jazz harmony with an array of great exponents of the genre. She joined John Steven’s Community Music project in 1984 first as a trainee workshop leader then was kept on as a workshop leader until she left in 1987 due to moving to the South Coast. Since living in East Sussex Lynda has had the opportunity to work with some great musicians and has developed her music writing skills

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 ...

Dave Howard

David Howard (Guitarist / Composer / Arranger / Educator) performs throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He is a sensitive and exciting musician influenced by many great jazz, blues and funk artists. David Howard is a Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He's a guitarist, composer, arranger and leader on many recordings including "Souvenirs" featuring Kenwood Dennard. "Clouds", "Almost Carefree", and "Block Island Summer" with the Joe Parillo Ensemble, and "Autumn Leaves" with Dave Rasmussen Jazz Orchestra. Dave has Performed tours and clinics in Europe, and has worked as a Composer and Performer on various jingles

MUSICIAN Born:

Mirko Fait

Mirko Fait, Italian, was born in Milan on 3rd June 1965 in a family of artists. Mirko started playing the guitar at a young age, from the early 1970s, but it was only later that he realised that his cultural ground was jazz music. This is why in the 1990s he chose the contralto saxophone. He started his studies in Bergamo with Alberto Nacci, moving back to Milan he continued studying the tenor saxophone with the maestro Michele Bozza, with Giulio Visibelli and Emanuele Cisi at the centre “Civica di jazz” run by Franco Cerri and Enrico Intra, until his last lessons with the American Michael Rosen.

He played straight away in different bands and he performed from the very first years also in jam sessions and with various jazz groups in a few Milanese clubs (Capolinea, Scimmie, Tangram, Aquatica, Mirasol, le Trottoir, Ittolittos, Ca’Bianca, Santa Tecla).

In January 2002, with the Cuban trumpet player and pianist Gendrickson Mena Diaz, he was asked to play for a renowned stylist group at the Pitti Uomo club and in 2003 he founded the jazz band Five for you

Vocalist Daniela Soledade Launches An Indigogo Campaign For Her Upcoming Album, A Moment Of You

Vocalist Daniela Soledade Launches An Indigogo Campaign For Her Upcoming Album, A Moment Of You

On April 5, Brazilian vocalist Daniela Soledade released her first single, “So Nice (Summer Samba,)” gaining immediate attention from media outlets such as The Best of Brazil. Daniela will release her debut full-length album, A Moment of You, on September 6. She’s running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the recording, mixing, mastering and promotion ...

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Laura Valle

Utilizing compositional inspiration from Jazz, Latin Jazz, Pop, Bossa Nova, and other contemporary styles, this Argentinian artist now residing in Orange County, CA, creates an eclectic fusion of international sounds.  Laura’s voice is often described as delicate, smooth and soulful and she sings in six different languages besides English and her native Spanish. Her natural and inviting delivery has charmed audiences since the start of her career in Argentina and then in Europe where she toured with Tango and Latin Jazz Bands during the late 90’s.  Laura spent her early years intensely involved in the cultural life of Buenos Aires performing theatre and singing, then moved to Europe and toured with several bands while studying music in Switzerland

NEWS: RECORDING

Daniela Soledade Wants To Bring Bossa Back

Daniela Soledade Wants To Bring Bossa Back

Daniela Soledade is a new and compelling voice on the Brazilian musical landscape, one both fresh on the ears and blessed with authentically deep roots. Her family line includes her father Paulinho, an artist-producer whose resume includes work with Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil. Delving yet deeper, her grandfather Paulo helped create Brazilian music foundations, writing ...

Daniela Soledade

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 bold and subtle debut album, A Moment of You (2019 Blue Line Music Records). A carefully curated set of Bossa Nova gems (while dodging the most obvious choices), Brazilian-ized standards and original songs, created in partnership with producer/guitarist Nate Najar, the album frames the luminous tone and mature interpretive powers of the singer- singing in both English and Portuguese. Beyond the surface and sensory allure of the musical evidence on the album, a legacy-related back story lends added depth to Soledade’s unfolding musical saga- she belongs to a sparkling lineage of great Brazilian artists, ranging from her grandfather Paulo- collaborator with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes, Baden Powell and other Brazilian legends- and her father Paulinho, who has worked as producer and partner with Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil