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Joao Gilberto

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Born João Gilberto do Prado Pereira de Oliveira on June 10, 1931, in the town of Juázeiro in the northeastern state of Bahia, Brazil. His father was a wealthy merchant who insisted that all of his seven children receive an education. Gilberto defied his father's wishes however, devoting himself to music after receiving a guitar from his godfather at the age of 14. By the age of 18, Gilberto had moved to Salvador, the capital of Bahia, where he sought to earn a living as a radio performer. While never finding major success as a solo artist on radio, he gained the attention of a member of the vocal group Garotos da Lua (Boys from the Moon), who performed regularly on Radio Tupi in Rio de Janeiro, and he was invited to join the group

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Recreating a Famed Bossa Rehearsal

Recreating a Famed Bossa Rehearsal

As a Brazilian teenager and guitarist in the late 1950s, Nara Leão befriended many of the singer-songwriters pioneering the bossa nova in Rio de Janeiro. These musicians included Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, Ronaldo Bôscoli, João Gilberto, Vinicius de Moraes and Antônio Carlos Jobim. Employed at hotels as musicians along the Copacabana beachfront, these musicians were often ...

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Article: Album Review

Nate Najar: Jazz Samba Pra Sempre

Read "Jazz Samba Pra Sempre" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Pioneered by Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto and popularized by Baden Powell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Roberto Menescal and others in the early '60s, the bossa nova sound resonated strongly with the American jazz audience, and the Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd album Jazz Samba (Verve Records, 1962) became one of the driving forces behind this genre. Guitarist ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Joao Gilberto

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joao Gilberto

All About Jazz is celebrating Joao Gilberto's birthday today! Born João Gilberto do Prado Pereira de Oliveira on June 10, 1931, in the town of Juázeiro in the northeastern state of Bahia, Brazil. His father was a wealthy merchant who insisted that all of his seven children receive an education. Gilberto defied his father's wishes however, ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos

Read "Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.The winners of the New Jersey Jazz Society's new Juried Scholarship Competition are:$1,000 prize for PerformanceTrumpeter Liam Sutcliffe, Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Studies Program$1,000 prize for Composition Vocalist Jimmy Waltman, Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies$500 prize ...

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Article: Album Review

Diego Figueiredo: Follow the Signs

Read "Follow the Signs" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Grammy-nominated Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is considered to be one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. A classically-trained musician influenced by Brazilian masters Joao Gilberto and Baden Powell, he has also integrated the styles of American guitarists George Benson, Pat Metheny and the great Joe Pass into his playing. Figueiredo has recorded almost thirty ...

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Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Simone Alessandrini e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Credo sia l'aspetto melodico. Almeno per ora... La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La sincerità musicale, il coraggio di mostrare le proprie idee e non essere compiacenti. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice

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Article: Album Review

Diego Figuieredo: Follow the Signs

Read "Follow the Signs" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Latin allure, anyone? Follow the Signs is a wonderful salute by guitarist Diego Figueiredo to the sunny and rhythmic music of Brazil, comprising an album of themes much like those he came of age listening to in his hometown of Franca, about four hours north of Sao Paulo. To carry out his plan, Figueiredo amplifies his ...

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Article: Album Review

Ryan Keberle's Collectiv Do Brasil: Sonhos Da Esquina

Read "Sonhos Da Esquina" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Trombonist Ryan Keberle fell in love with Brazilian music. It happens. Who has not experienced infatuation on an encounter with Getz/Gilberto (Verve, 1964), from saxophonist Stan Getz and vocalist, guitarist & tunesmith Joao Gilberto. But for Keberle, it was the music of Elis Regina that led him to travels to Sao Paulo in 2017, and a ...

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Article: Interview

Gretchen Parlato: Pursuing Her Passion

Read "Gretchen Parlato: Pursuing Her Passion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I haven't gotten dressed up like that for a few years," says singer Gretchen Parlato with an infectious chuckle. “It'll be nice." The unassuming and down-to earth Parlato was breezily referring to the 2021 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31. Her latest album Flor (Edition Records), inspired by the music of Brazil, ...


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