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Véra Brasil: Bossa Nova '64

Véra Brasil: Bossa Nova '64

After witnessing yesterday's horrifying ransacking and disgraceful occupation of our nation's Capitol building, you deserve a treat. First, my apologies for the destabilizing and demoralizing actions of an unhinged mob of Americans who paralyzed our nation's government seemingly unopposed by security forces. Many in our country have succumbed to information poisoning, mental confusion and denial on ...

Rozina Patkai

The classically trained, young Hungarian singer, Rozina Pátkai found her true voice as a jazz artist. For the past three years she has been thrilling fans with her bossa nova infused compositions, earning honors at numerous competitions, Jazz and Fringe festivals throughout Europe.

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Nina Ernst

Nina Ernst is a singer and actress. She grew up near Hamburg, where she completed her education at the „Stage School of Music, Dance and Drama“ and the „Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg“. She then moved to Berlin, where she discovered her love for jazz singing. In addition to her classical singing training, she took lessons with jazz legend Sheila Jordan, among others. In 2006 she sang German folk songs in Brazilian style on the album "Degas/Weiser - Heimat, von fern so nah" (label: Piranha Musik), with which she subsequently toured South America. 2009 she recorded the Bossa Nova - CD with the title "Nina Ernst canta Jobim" in Rio de Janeiro (label: Fina Flor), which has received many good reviews in Brazil and is even praised in the highest tones by Bossa Nova legend Leny Andrade (quote: "One of the best Bossa Nova CDs I have heard"). In São Paulo she performed for the video projects "CROSS" and "Rawar Cabaret" of the photo and video artist Gal Oppido

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Bruno Mangueira

Born in 1978 in Vitoria, Brazil, Bruno Mangueira appears regularly on the Brazilian and international scenes as a guitarist, composer, and arranger. He has performed alongside Brazilian artists including Zizi Possi, Leila Pinheiro, Toninho Horta, Nelson Ayres, Filó Machado, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paulo Jobim, Sizão Machado, and Helio Alves. His work with American artists has included Phil DeGreg, Rick DellaRatta, Mandy Gaines, Kim Pensyl and Paul Keller. In Paris, he has played with Leonardo Montana, Bruno Schorp and Fred Pasqua. Mangueira has been featured as a soloist with symphony orchestras and big bands in Brazil and the United States

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Beth Duncan

A treasure trove of melodic invention, distilled emotion, and vivacious wit, the American Songbook can also serve as a gilded cage, confining jazz vocalists to oft-interpreted material written during the first half of the 20th century. Sacramento jazz vocalist Beth Duncan has never been one to do things by the book, and her new album I’m All Yours exemplifies the ample creative rewards of grappling with the present moment. A collection of songs written by Oakland-based composer and lyricist Martine Tabilio, I’m All Yours is Duncan’s third release, and it’s a persuasively swinging project brimming with smart new songs that deliver many of the pleasures found in American Songbook standards

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Sound That Seduced the World

Sound That Seduced the World

Come on, let's fly down to Rio de Janeiro. Between 1956 and 1963, the bossa nova emerged from the small clubs along Copacabana beach and flourished worldwide before the Brazilian military coup in 1964 ended one of modern music's most potent and sensual genres. Here's Australian director Greg Appel's delicious hour-long documentary on the bossa nova, ...

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Brazilian Jazz Quartet: Pepper Pot

Brazilian Jazz Quartet: Pepper Pot

Last week, I was listening to early Brazilian bossa nova albums from the late 1950s when I came across an obscure one from 1958. The album was by a Rio group known as the Brazilian Jazz Quartet. Recorded in 1958 for Columbia, Coffee and Jazz featured alto saxophonist José Ferreira Godinho Filho (better known as Casé), ...

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Ramiro Pinheiro

Ramiro Pinheiro is a subtle and creative acoustic guitarist from Brazil who is also a talented songwriter. He was mostly self-taught at the beginning, learning the guitar by ear before attending the Conservatório Souza Lima in São Paulo. Pinheiro moved to Barcelona (Spain) 14 years ago and he has been an important part of the local music scene ever since, working with a wide variety of top jazz and Brazilian musicians. While he has appeared on several recordings since 2010, Sentido is his debut CD as a leader.

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Dimitri Gollety

HIS MUSICS ———— His heart balances and dances on bossa nova, but Dimitri is “jazzing" instinctively everything he plays. Whether Funk, RnB, Rock, Pop or Blues, his playing and his musical chords give a more or less jazz colours to each of his creations and arrangements. He owes his inspiration to very great artists who have made significant contributions to him throughout their productions over the past 30 years. One with which he feels the most intimate is Al Jarreau. It also owes much to George Duke in terms of musical arrangements. Of course he gives a high gratitude to Carlos Antonio Jobim whose works inspire many of his compositions in Bossa Nova


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