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Nate Najar

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An accomplished guitarist-composer and Charlie Byrd devotee, nylon string fingerstyle player Nate Najar has distinguished himself as a talent worthy of recognition with his impressive output over the past ten years. On his latest trio recording, Blues for Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd, the Florida-based guitarist pays tribute to an important role model with a collection of tunes either composed by or associated with the late, great guitarist. Najar also performs on Byrd’s own guitar, a 1974 Ramirez 1a nylon string classical guitar, the same guitar Andres Segovia used.

Accompanied by the veteran D.C.-based rhythm tandem of drummer Chuck Redd and bassist Tommy Cecil, Najar runs the gamut from alluring bossas and romantic ballads to urgent swingers and delicate, classically influenced numbers on his sixth outing as a leader

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Jazz Samba Pra Sempre

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Desafinado; Samba Dees Days; O Pato; Samba Triste; Samba de Uma Nota So; E Luxo So; Na Baixa do Sapateiro.

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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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News: Performance / Tour

Love - And Bossa Nova - Were In The Air

Love - And Bossa Nova - Were In The Air

Eighteen months since its 2019-20 concert season was cut short by the pandemic, and its 2020-21 season canceled, the Charlotte County Jazz Society had music in the air again on Wednesday, September 22. A matinee “Love and Bossa Nova Live” performance by guitarist Nate Najar and Brazilian singer Daniela Soledade was a mighty welcome warm-up for ...

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Comment Te Dire Adieu

Label: Blue Line Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Comment Te Dire Adieu

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Article: Interview

Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road

Read "Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Chuck Redd is a busy, busy man. This interview took place after one of his many sets during the North Carolina Jazz Festival, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary at the beginning of 2020. Coincidently, Redd is also celebrating his 40th anniversary of being on the road as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers and ...

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News: Festival

Musicians On The Suncoast Jazz Festival Roster Say They Are Looking Forward To Upcoming Performances At Three Day Event

Musicians On The Suncoast Jazz Festival Roster Say They Are Looking Forward To Upcoming Performances At Three Day Event

A Variety of Artists Express Their Enthusiasm for the Festival’s Evolving and Eclectic Line Up As autumn begins its inevitable turn toward winter, the chance to enjoy a combination of jazz and sunshine becomes even more tempting. From November 22 through 25, the Suncoast Jazz Festival, which takes place on the travel-award-winning Clearwater Beach, will provide ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Daniela Soledade

Read "Take Five with Daniela Soledade" reviewed by Daniela Soledade


Meet Daniela Soledade Daniela Soledade may initially seem like a fresh name in Brazilian music, but the vocalist's impact immediately strikes a chord as encountered on her debut album, A Moment of You (Blue Line Music Records, 2019). A carefully curated set of Bossa Nova gems (while dodging the most obvious choices), Brazilian-ized standards and original ...

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News: Recording

Daniela Soledade, Vocalist With Deep Roots In Traditional Brazilian Music, Will Release Her Debut Album, A Moment Of You, On September 6

Daniela Soledade, Vocalist With Deep Roots In Traditional Brazilian Music, Will Release Her Debut Album, A Moment Of You, On September 6

Daniela Soledade may initially seem like a fresh name in Brazilian music, but the vocalist’s impact immediately strikes a chord as encountered on her debut album, A Moment of You (Blue Line Music Records, 2019). A carefully curated set of Bossa Nova gems (while dodging the most obvious choices), Brazilian-ized standards and original songs, created in ...

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News: Festival

Suncoast Jazz Festival Expands Roster To Include More Nationally Known Artists, With Jason Marsalis & The 21st Century Trad Band As Headliners

Suncoast Jazz Festival Expands Roster To Include More Nationally Known Artists, With Jason Marsalis & The 21st Century Trad Band As Headliners

This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Suncoast Jazz Festival, which takes place every November on the travel-award-winning Clearwater Beach. In its early years, the festival featured bands and musicians with a focus on early jazz, but more recently, working with acclaimed guitarist Nate Najar, has expanded its line-up from traditional jazz to include swing, ...


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