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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

Roger Aldridge

Born in 1946 in Kansas City, MO, Roger Aldridge discovered jazz as a child thanks to his mother’s collection of big band recordings. Roger started on alto saxophone when he was 9 and developed an interest in composition in his early teens. This led him to study composition & arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. At Berklee, Roger studied jazz composition with Herb Pomeroy and Charlie Mariano, classical composition with William Maloof and John Bavicchi, and woodwinds with Joe Viola. Afterwards, he studied composition with Dr. Robert Wykes, Dr. Stephanie Owen, and Dr

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Gretje Angell

Jazz vocalist Gretje Angell grew up in smoky, dimly-lit clubs as a little-girl roadie for her jazz-drummer father. Her grandfather was also a jazz drummer, so you could say Gretje was born to swing. “If it doesn’t groove then I don’t give it a sh*#,” the Los Angeles-based singer says with a good chuckle. Gretje ascended the bandstand on her own time. She worked through a heavy dose of stage fright, welcomed motherhood, and studied classical and opera prior launching her jazz career. Today, she announces her debut, "…in any key", a classic jazz vocal album—the kind of long player you put on while savoring wine and cooking and cleaning

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Rodrigo Simoes

Rodrigo Simões is a Brazilian musician and composer who has been living in Quebec - Canada. Through his musical creations, he shares a distinctive style that oscillates between Brazilian music and jazz improvisation. His international career has taken him through China, Australia, Paraguay and the United States, in addition to his native country – Brazil – and his adopted country – Canada. Early on in his musical career, this guitarist and mandolinist has already collaborated with great artists in Brazil (Elza Soares, Carlos Malta, Paulinho da Viola, Dominguinhos, Zeca Baleiro and Paulo Moska) and in Canada (Bill McBirnie, Joel Miller, Flavia Nascimento, Alex Lefaivre, Sonia Jonhson and Jean-Pierre Zanella)

O Som Do Jazz

Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, this sextet features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced Latin jazz musicians performing samba-jazz, Bossa Nova, Balanço, Baião and MPB. O Som Do Jazz (the sound of jazz in Portuguese) recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian music.

Trained as an architect, O Som Do Jazz singer Andrea Moraes Manson moved to the Tampa Bay area from Rio de Janeiro, she began performing with her jazz musician husband, David Manson. Andrea has a natural understanding of this wonderful music and sings from the heart, like only a Brazilian can, in Portuguese and English


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