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Leonardo Lucini

Born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living near Washington, DC, bassist Leonardo Lucini has been bringing the sounds of Brazilian jazz to American audiences for over a decade. Lucini is a virtuoso performer on electric and acoustic bass. Trained in both classical and jazz styles, he holds a master’s degree in music performance from University of Maryland. He is knowledgeable about many world music styles, including a vast range of Latin music. His own compositions are often based on unique Brazilian rhythmic styles, going far beyond the expected samba and bossa nova to Maracatu and Afoxe

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News: Performance / Tour

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Announces Fall 2018 U.S. Tour

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Announces Fall 2018 U.S. Tour

Brazilian saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg launches his third U.S. tour in October. With his programs of Brazilian jazz and instrumental music reflecting the fascinating history of Brazil and the rich mix of cultures feeding into its music, Nirenberg serves as an able ambassador to bring this entrancing music to America audiences. The tour begins on ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Tours U.S. In Fall Of 2017

Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Tours U.S. In Fall Of 2017

In late September, Brazilian saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg will tour Mid-Atlantic cities and towns, sharing the vibrant melodies and captivating rhythms of his homeland with fans of world music and jazz. The tour takes his quartet from the nation’s capital to Baltimore and Annapolis, Rock Hall and Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and concludes with ...

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News: Event

Maryland Events Highlight Women Jazz Artists: Concerts And Panel Discussion Celebrate Women's History Month

Maryland Events Highlight Women Jazz Artists: Concerts And Panel Discussion Celebrate Women's History Month

From its earliest days, women have played key roles in jazz. Vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday are legendary singers who exhibited a high level of musicianship. They mastered the technique of their instrument (the voice), learned their music thoroughly and were skilled improvisers like any other band member. Many more talented women have ...

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Article: Album Review

Michel Nirenberg: Retrato/Portrait

Read "Retrato/Portrait" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


It only takes a few seconds of listening to “Chorinho Em Aldeia/Na Gloria"--the album-opening track on Retrato/Self Portrait--to realize there's something special about Michel Nirenberg's playing. This young multi-reedist--a native of Rio de Janeiro who's currently based in Washington D.C.--marries virtuosity, exuberance, and emotional depth in his work, confidently covering everything from choro to cha-cha and ...

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News: Recording

Brazil's Michel Nirenberg Releases "Retrato/Portrait"

Brazil's Michel Nirenberg Releases "Retrato/Portrait"

At the age of 25, award-winning saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg has attracted some of the finest Brazilian and Latin jazz players available to record his debut album Retrato/Portrait on indie label Carioca Music. They are at once his musical colleagues and mentors, drawn to make music that sails across geographic and stylistic borders. The album ...

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News: Performance / Tour

The Brazil Project In Baltimore

Brazilian-born Lucini Brothers - Alejandro Lucini on drums and Leonardo Lucini on 7-string bass - bring authentic, sizzling Brazilian rhythms to AN DIE MUSIK in Baltimore. Those two prodigies, along with saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk and pianist Wayne Wilentz, both known for their command of West African and Latin idioms, will play some intriguing originals and give ...

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News: Education

inDepth Jazz Clinic And Concert Celebrate Brazilian Samba in Rockville, Maryland

inDepth Jazz Clinic And Concert Celebrate Brazilian Samba in Rockville, Maryland

In celebration of America’s 50-year love affair with Brazilian jazz, five venerated jazz artists will teach and perform Samba music in the first inDepth Jazz Clinic and Concert of the season. The eight-year-old series near the nation’s capital serves gifted amateur and semi- pro musicians and jazz lovers with half a dozen programs annually. Last season’s ...


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