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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

Victor Assis Brasil: Esperanto/Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim

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By the summer of 1970, popular music's lunatic joyride through the 1960s had fully careened into the new decade. Almost anything and everything still seemed possible. That summer, saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil returned to his home in Brazil from studies (alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, and others) at the Berklee College of Music to ...

From Choro to Chaos

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Berkeley Choro Ensemble
The View from Here
Self-Produced
2017

Like its organic natural wonders, the music of Brazil seems to flourish in different forms and styles of beauty. But much of its music has grown from the root of choro: Born in the mid-to late-1800s from the joining ...

Duduka Da Fonseca: Duduka Da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador

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It would be something of an understatement to say that the music of pianist Dom Salvador served as a formative influence for drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. As a teenage musician, Da Fonseca absorbed every phrase and nuance that drummer Edison Machado put to wax on Salvador's immortal Rio 65 Trio (Philips, 1965). That recording, and that ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Samba Christmas at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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The Brazilian tidal wave which has been building throughout the fall at Dizzy's continued its flow with a holiday line-up of samba stalwarts. Led by percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca, pianist Helio Alves and vocalist Maucha Adnet, the all-star group featured sax/ clarinetist Anat Cohen, guitarist Mike Moreno, and bassist Hans Glawischnig.

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Duduka Da Fonseca Trio: New Samba Jazz Directions

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Drummer Duduka Da Fonseca wasn't the first to fuse the rhythmic patterns of Brazil's samba and bossa nova with jazz language and mannerisms, but he's done more with that combination than anybody before him. In the liner notes for New Samba Jazz Directions, Da Fonseca notes that drummer Edison Machado-- working with pianist Dom Salvador and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Duduka Da Fonseca & Helio Alves: New York, NY, December 22, 2012

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Duduka Da Fonseca and Helio Alves
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
New York, New York
December 22, 2012

The air in New York's Central Park carried a chill on the Saturday night before Christmas, 2012, but a balmy Brazilian atmosphere was keeping folks warm a stone's throw away, inside Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet: Jazz Samba-Samba Jazz

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Drummer Duduka Da Fonseca is the patron saint of Samba Jazz. He's been singing the virtues of this hybridized form for quite some time, establishing a rhythmic middle ground where both worlds can meet in mutual, musical splendor. In short, he's earned the cymbal halo that floats above his head on the cover of Samba Jazz--Jazz ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Duduka Da Fonseca: The Guy From Ipanema

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The 1950s into the early 1960s was a special period in Brazil, the land of beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains and the home of a warm, inviting and sensuous music called samba that was developed during those years. It was also a time when bossa nova, another sumptuous musical style, was spawned. The music invades the senses ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet: Samba Jazz

Read "Samba Jazz" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Throughout his four decade-plus career, drummer/percussionist/composer Duduka Da Fonseca has successfully bridged the gap between the samba of his native Brazil and jazz, either when performing as the co-leader of Trio da Paz or as a sideman with the likes of pianist Kenny Barron, guitarist/vocalist Antonio Carlos Jobim and bassist Rufus Reid.

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