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Flora Purim


For those who know Flora, an introduction is unnecessary. Her music has interwoven the life fabric of anyone with a passing interest in Latin and American jazz music for over 25 years. Her once-in-a-generation six-octave voice has earned her two Grammy nominations for Best Female Jazz Performance and Downbeat magazines Best Female Singer accolade on four occasions. Her musical partners have included Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie and Airto Moreira, with whom she has collaborated on over 30 albums since moving with him from her native Rio to New York in 1967. Her musical genius was inbred thanks to a Russian émigré father who played violin and a mother who was a talented pianist in her own right


If You Will

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: If You Will; This Is Me; 500 Miles High; A Flor Da Vida; Newspaper Girl; Dandara; Zahuroo; Dois + Dois = Tres; Lucidez


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Monday Michiru

Read "Take Five with Monday Michiru" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Monday Michiru Since her solo album debut in 1991, songstress-flutist Monday Michiru has released albums on an annual basis both as a soloist and collaborator. Known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese acid jazz movement and boasting countless dance floor and radio hits worldwide, Monday's compositional style and repertoire has evolved to that ...


Article: Album Review

Flora Purim: If You Will

Read "If You Will" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Everyone loves a great comeback, and, after a lengthy hiatus, Flora Purim obliges with If You Will, the Brazilian's first studio album since Flora's Song (Narada, 2005). Released to coincide with her 80th birthday, If You Will is a somewhat nostalgic celebration that polishes a few old gems from a recording career that began--under military dictatorship--with ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Flora Purim, Yelena Eckemoff, Lynne Arriale, John Taylor & More New Releases

Read "Flora Purim, Yelena Eckemoff, Lynne Arriale, John Taylor & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we'll be test driving some of the most happening jazz rides we've found in our favorite dealerships, from the return of Flora Purim to Steven Bernstein's heartfelt tribute to the late Henry Butler, and a special focus on pianists with the latest albums by Yelena Eckemoff, Enrico Pieranunzi, Lynne Arriale and a reissue of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrate Women's History Month With New Releases From Melissa Aldana, Somi, Birthday Shoutouts and More

Read "Celebrate Women's History Month With New Releases From Melissa Aldana, Somi, Birthday Shoutouts and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy Women's History Month! This broadcast celebrates with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalist Somi's tribute to the great Miriam Makeba, pianist Yuko Mabuchi plus singles from Tierney Sutton and Natalie Cressman with birthday shoutouts to Carol Sloane, Flora Purim, Rachelle Garniez, Tomoko Ohno and Eric Comstock, among others. Thanks for listening and please support ...


Article: Album Review

Brasuka: A Vida Com Paixão

Read "A Vida Com Paixão" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brasuka first came together as a side project, led by keyboardist and vocalist Rosana Eckert and percussionist Ricardo Bozas, from out of a Sergio Mendes tribute band. You can still hear these roots in this full-length debut. But you can also hear where and how Brasuka's sound branches out into different styles and frameworks and yet ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Rediscovery and Re-Creation, and an NYC Farewell

Read "Rediscovery and Re-Creation, and an NYC Farewell" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Greg Abate Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron Whaling City Sound 2021 Musicians will sometimes honor another musician who influenced their lives or work with a tribute or memorial recording after that influential musician has passed on. There's an abundance of first-rate music on the ...


Article: In Pictures

The 1979 Playboy Jazz Festival

Read "The 1979 Playboy Jazz Festival" reviewed by Jon Deshler

I began producing my Jazz Passages Archive when I was 14 in the '70s, as a young trumpet student and photography enthusiast growing up in the San Fernando Valley. In June of 1979 serendipity aligned with a high school buddy/usher, which led to me attending the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. At 16 ...


News: Event

Djerassi Films Presents: Resurrection! Airto Moreira And Preservation Hall Jazz Band At The 24th Unaff

Djerassi Films Presents: Resurrection! Airto Moreira And Preservation Hall Jazz Band  At The 24th Unaff

Djerassi Films is excited to present Resurrection! Airto Moreira and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the 24th UNAFF on Saturday, Oct. 23rd. In this new documentary, producer/director Dale Djerassi brings two powerful forces in the world of jazz together and takes us behind the scenes as famed percussionist Airto Moreira joins the Preservation Hall Jazz ...


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