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João Donato


João Donato de Oliveira Neto, known as João Donato, was a Brazilian musician and composer. He was born on August 17, 1934, in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. Donato is considered one of the pioneers of the bossa nova and jazz samba movements in Brazil.

Throughout his career, João Donato has been a versatile musician, excelling as a pianist, keyboardist, and arranger. He has contributed significantly to Brazilian popular music, fusing traditional Brazilian rhythms with jazz and other influences. Donato's music is known for its melodic and harmonically rich compositions, characterized by his unique piano style and innovative use of improvisation.


Article: Album Review

Julie Kelly: Freedom Jazz Dance

Read "Freedom Jazz Dance" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Freedom Jazz Dance from Los Angeles singer, Julie Kelly offers an interesting array of selections that emanate from that musical road less traveled. And, as in life, sometimes that road yields nuggets of delight that would most likely never make it to the tried and “true way." Peter Nero and Carroll Coates' “New ...


Brazilian Horizons Vol. 2 (Brazil)

Label: BMG
Released: 2023


Brazilian Horizons Vol. 2

Label: Milestone
Released: 1999


Harvest Time Featuring Herbie Hancock

Label: CID/Fama
Released: 2023


Article: Album Review

Luiz Millan: Brazilian Match

Read "Brazilian Match" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brazilian Match is a tour-de-force of classic and contemporary Brazilian music written by and featuring singer-songwriter Luiz Millan. Millan's fifth album is a leader is his first for Jazz Station Records and Brazilian jazz impresario Arnaldo DeSouteiro, whose storied history includes working with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Eumir Deodato, Dom Um Romão, João Donato, and other legends, ...


Article: Live Review

Litchfield Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Litchfield Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Paul Reynolds

Litchfield Jazz Festival The Frederick Gunn School Washington CT July 28 to July 30, 2023 It's fitting that a festival set in a location as venerable-sounding as the Litchfield Hills deeply respects tradition. That commitment starts with the music styles it presents. While the Litchfield Jazz Festival isn't averse to going ...


Article: Interview

Greg Paul: We Can Share These Commonalities

Read "Greg Paul: We Can Share These Commonalities" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Drummer, composer, and band leader Greg Paul--born in 1987 and raised in Buffalo, NY--remembers his home town as a place of lived community, especially among musicians. That spirit never left him. On the contrary: he took it to the metropolis of Los Angeles where he relocated in 2011 and still lives today as an internationally acknowledged ...

Article: Profile

Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad : Jazz Is Dead

Read "Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad : Jazz Is Dead" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Hanno scelto un marchio provocatorio, Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad per l'etichetta discografica e la piattaforma di musica dal vivo che gestiscono a Los Angeles da alcuni anni. I due musicisti e produttori vengono dalla scena hip-hop: il primo ha lavorato con artisti di fama mondiale come Wu-Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief e ...


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