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Maria Mendes

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Maria Mendes is one the current rising stars on the jazz scene. After successful performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Festival de Música de Inverno do Rio de Janeiro and Dutch Jazz Dag, Portuguese Jazz vocalist Maria Mendes will perform a series of concerts for the presentation of her debut album “Along the Road”. This is an international concert tour that started September 2012 with two sold out concerts in Portugal followed by a third sold out concert at the North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This international tour will see Maria performing throughout South America, Europe, Asia and the USA in 2013. In 2012 Maria signed a worldwide recording contract with the New York based jazz label, Dot Time Records

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Maria Schneider, Charnett Moffett and Carl Fischer

Read "Maria Schneider, Charnett Moffett and Carl Fischer" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We proudly open the 749th Episode of Neon Jazz with veteran trumpeter Carl Fischer and his group TËTI with their take on the classic “What a Wonderful World." From there, we listen to Carl's boss (Billy Joel) doing the “Root Beer Rag" at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. New music is featured from guitarist Daniel DeLorenzo, ...

Album

Close To Me

Label: Justin Time Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Há Uma Música do Povo; Tudo Isto É Fado; Dança do Amor; Verdes Anos; Barco Negro; Fado Da Invejosa; Foi Deus; Hermeto's Fado For Maria; Tempo Emotivo; Asas Fechadas; E Se Não For Fado.

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Article: Album Review

Maria Mendes: Close To Me

Read "Close To Me" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


A great affection for fado music and its poetic lyrics, an appreciation for how a jazz palette can color the form, and a love of orchestral seasonings all influence this expansive outing from Maria Mendes. It's an effort that's far from the norm and right where the Portuguese vocalist lives and loves to be.

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Article: SoCal Jazz

John Beasley: Master of All Trades

Read "John Beasley: Master of All Trades" reviewed by Jim Worsley


In today's busy world, sometimes you just can't do it all. Apparently, John Beasley never received that memo. The pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and film and TV composer is in high demand, and has an enormity of projects that would seem to belie the twenty-four hour day reality. It is perhaps the variance in ...

Album

Innocentia

Label: Sony Music / Harmonia Mundi
Released: 2015

Album

Along the Road

Label: Dot Time Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Love Dance; Obsession; Saia Preta; Come Rain or Come Shine; Olha Só No Meu Olhar; Somewhere Over the Rainbow; So Many Stars; Chorinho Pra Ele; Varão; Começar de Novo.

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Article: Record Label Profile

Dot Time Records: Placing the Artist in the Center

Read "Dot Time Records: Placing the Artist in the Center" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


One of the problems with the record industry is the potential distance between label owners and artists. This is especially the case with major labels, where there are many people involved in music production who care more about sales than the vision of the artist. Then there's a label like Dot Time Records ...

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Video

Chorinho Pra Ele

Featuring the music of Maria Mendes
Duration: 3:24

"Chorinho Pra Ele" [Official Music Video]. From the album "Along The Road" by DotTime Records Musicians on the video:Maria Mendes: vocals;Karel Boehlee: piano; José Carlos Barbosa: acoustic bass;Nelson Cascais: acoustic bass; Mário Costa: drums;André Souza Machado: drums
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Article: Album Review

Maria Mendes: Along the Road

Read "Along the Road" reviewed by John Kelman


Virtuosity needn't be on display at every moment; restraint, in fact, is an important yet often overlooked aspect of true virtuosity. Norma Winstone is a clear example; certainly capable of plenty, more often than not the British singer's performances are defined by nuance, subtlety and a direct line to the heart of the music. Maria Mendes ...


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