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Duduka Da Fonseca

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Duduka began playing the drums at the age of thirteen. By fifteen, he was appearing on television, performing with the top musicians in Brazil. In 1975 Duduka moved to New York where he established numerous Brazilian jazz groups. One of these groups, Brazilian Express, appeared on a national PBS television special. The New York Samba Band performed at the Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's and the Village Gate. The Brazilian Jazz All Stars featured artists Bob Mintzer, Eliane Elias and Randy Brecker. Duduka has performed and recorded with such artists as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Herbie Mann, Claudio Roditi, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez, John Scofield, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, Jorge Dalto, Dom Salvador, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Emily Remler, Nana Vasconcelos, Nancy Wilson, Slide Hampton, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Wayne Shorter and many others. Since 1984, he has been a member of the faculty at the Drummer's Collective where he conducts workshops and gives private lessons

Listen Here

Label: Skyline Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: No More Blues; You Go To My Head; Centerpiece; Love You Madly; A time For Love; This Happy Madness; Listen Here; It Could Happen To You; Easy Street; Sometime Ago; You Took Advantage of Me; Black Coffee.

Listen Here

Label: Skyline Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. NO MORE BLUES (3:00) 2. YOU GO TO MY HEAD (4:08) 3. CENTERPIECE (4:54) 4. LOVE YOU MADLY (4:52) 5. A TIME FOR LOVE (5:40) 6. THIS HAPPY MADNESS (3:35) 7. LISTEN HERE (3:02) 8. IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU (3:18) 9. EASY STREET (3:43) 10. SOMETIME AGO (3:45) 11. YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME (3:10)

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Janis Mann: Authentic And In The Moment

Read "Janis Mann: Authentic And In The Moment" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Janis Mann, a singer now based on the west coast, had made it a practice before the pandemic to periodically travel back east for gigs in the New York City area, of which she is a native. Mann still wants that, but she's waiting for the right time. Making music is a necessity for this artist. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Reissues 1984 Debut Album, 'Listen Here,' Feat. Kenny Barron Trio

Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Reissues 1984 Debut Album, 'Listen Here,' Feat. Kenny Barron Trio

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro—performer, recording artist, educator and journalist—reissues Listen Here, the debut album that launched her career. Featuring veteran pianist Kenny Barron, the project ushered into the spotlight a formidable new artist with chops and sensitivity in equal measure – a galvanizing spirit who, having already proven she could move live audiences, now certified her power ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Brazilian Trio: Águas Brasileiras

Read "Águas Brasileiras" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brazilian waters beckon with their beauty and energies, and this trio serves as a perfect vessel to carry the ears across that aqua viva. Pianist Helio Alves, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca--three Brazilian heavies long based in New York—have played together in different configurations and situations for decades. And when they first banded ...

Dreams of Flying

Label: Pancake Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress; Edith and the Kingpin; Wichita Lineman; Overjoyed; Where Do You Start?; I Do It For Your Love; American Tune; When October Goes; Inside a Silent Tear; I Remember; Who Knows Where the Time Goes?.

Águas Brasileiras

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Maucha Na Prais; Sampa 67; Black Orpheus Trilogy; Boogie Stop Shuffle; Anninha; Baden; Asa Branca/Baião; Águas Brasileiras; Manhattan Style; Vila Madalena.

Samba Jazz & Tom Jobim

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Gemini Man; Alana; Untitled; Pato Preto; Dindi; A Correnteza; Pedra Bonita Da Gavea; Helium; Você Vai Ver; Polo Pony; A Vontade Mesmo; I Loves You Porgy.

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Daniela Soledade

Read "Take Five with Daniela Soledade" reviewed by Daniela Soledade

Meet 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 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 ...


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