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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

Album

Pretty World

Label: Blue Line Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Pretty World; Como E Gostoso Sonhar; Down in Brazil; Beijo No Arpoador; Nothing Compares; Esto Voltando As Flores; Winter Samba; Circo Da Vida; Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar.

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Article: Album Review

Daniela Soledade: Pretty World

Read "Pretty World" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Brazilian singer and composer Daniela Soledade presents her sophomore release Pretty World continuing a family tradition of exploration into light bossa nova music. Recognized as a proponent for a new bossa nova sound, her unique hushed-styled vocals distinguish this singer from the other vocalists of the genre. Born in Rio de Janeiro where the album was ...

Album

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.

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Article: Interview

My Conversation with Tom Harrell

Read "My Conversation with Tom Harrell" reviewed by AAJ Staff


We rummaged through our extensive pre-database archive and discovered a May 1999 interview with Tom Harrell, who celebrated his 75th birthday this past week. We published two other interviews with Tom: November 2003 and May 2009. AAJ: Do you recall when you were first exposed to jazz? TH: Well, I was fortunate ...

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Article: Album Review

Janis Mann & Kenny Werner: Dreams of Flying

Read "Dreams of Flying" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Janis Mann has quietly but steadily amassed an impressive body of work over the course of more than two decades. For this, the vocalist's eighth album, she brings studio and stage into beautiful alignment with different, intimate configurations hinging on the constant presence of pianist Kenny Werner. The majority of this music was recorded in 2016 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Album

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?.


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