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Helio Alves

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Pianist and composer Helio Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Oscar Castro-Neves and Gato Barbieri, to name but a few. And now, with more than 40 recordings as a sideman - and two at the helm of his own ensembles - this incomparable musician is quite deservedly earning respect as a leader too. Alves' second recording as leader, Portrait in Black in White (Reservoir Music, 2004), once again displays his impressive mastery of both straight-ahead and Brazilian jazz styles

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Manhattan Samba

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Clear of Clouds; Manhattan Samba; One for Manfredo; Dona Palmeira; The Fropple; Bonita; Frenzelosa (Choro No. 2); Aquelas Coisas Todas.

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Elegant Fish

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Amor em Paz; You Don't Know What Love Is; Final De Tarde; Body Heat; Um Nome Num Barco ; Along Came Betty; Meditation; My Heart Belongs To Daddy; Estate; Here's That Rainy Day; Peace; Elegant Fish.

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Hendrik Meurkens: Manhattan Samba

Read "Manhattan Samba" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Composer, virtuoso on both the vibraphone and harmonica, German-born New York-based Hendrik Meurkens presents yet another colorful and tantalizing taste of Brazilian music on the exquisite Manhattan Samba. A proponent of the samba and bossa nova styles of music after a full immersion while living in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1980s, Meurkens continues documenting ...

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Article: New York Beat

Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca: The Indomitable Brazilians

Read "Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca: The Indomitable Brazilians" reviewed by Nick Catalano


Undeterred by the pandemic, camaradas Helio Alves and Duduka Da Fonseca continue their masterful musicianship in Gotham boîtes wearing masks as they consistently perform ever-fresh music from the Brazilian archives. Performing at Smalls Jazz Club on April 28 in front of stouthearted souls representing New York's proud jazz patronage while streaming the show for worldwide adherents, ...

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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.

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Duduka Da Fonseca & Helio Alves featuring Maucha Adnet: Samba Jazz & Tom Jobim

Read "Samba Jazz & Tom Jobim" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Since 2007, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, pianist Helio Alves and vocalist Maucha Adnet have been presenting the titular program at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at other venues throughout the world. A concept set steeped in personalized history of varied sorts--Da Fonseca's, absorbing this hybridized style at the foot ...

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Article: New York Beat

Jazz at Kitano: Duduka Da Fonseca and Brazilian Express

Read "Jazz at Kitano: Duduka Da Fonseca and Brazilian Express" reviewed by Nick Catalano


Brazilian percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca has led a variety of groups in Gotham venues for the past several years, performing the wildly popular samba music he learned growing up in Rio de Janeiro. His December 8 performance at The Kitano Hotel lounge in New York City was a high point of the holiday season, celebrating the ...

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Take Five with Wataru Uchida

Read "Take Five with Wataru Uchida" reviewed by Wataru Uchida


About Wataru Uchida Wataru Uchida is a saxophonist and composer. Wataru studied saxophone performance and composition with Chico Freeman, and has been leading his jazz projects in New York since 2003. In 2002, Wataru worked as a teaching assistant of Rory Stuart's rhythm analysis class at New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music program. ...

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Guillermo Nojechowicz's El Eco: Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933

Read "Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In 1933, Europeans were only beginning to understand the horrors that the Nazi regime would bring to the continent. But already at that early stage, Jewish communities reacted with alarm to Hitler's rise to power--and many consequently made the decision to emigrate. One of the most common destinations in the Western Hemisphere was Argentina, which had ...


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