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Sergio Mendes


Sergio Mendes is the most internationally successful Brazilian artist of all time. From the mid 1960s to the late ‘70s, Mendes established his legend by taking numerous albums and singles, such as “Brasil 66,” “Mas Que Nada,” and “The Look of Love,” to the top of the pop charts. It was those Sergio classics that won the heart and mind of evolving musical legend will.i.am, chief producer and songwriter of the Black Eyed Peas. One of the most successful rap acts of this decade, the band’s 2005 album, Monkey Business, is the urban pop crossover phenomenon of the year


Article: In Pictures

Sergio Mendes at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Read "Sergio Mendes at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts" reviewed by Mark Robbins

The audience at the Sandler Center was on its feet cheering as the familiar sound of “Magalenha" filled the room and the cheering grew even louder as the band's leader, Sergio Mendes, took his place behind the keyboard. For 60 years Mendes has been the voice of Bossa Nova, Samba and Latin Jazz, and ever since ...


Article: Play This!

Moacir Santos: Coisas

Read "Moacir Santos: Coisas" reviewed by Marc Myers

Moacir Santos was a Brazilian composer, multi-instrumentalist and educator who never became as well known as his peers, including Bola Sete and Baden Powell. While he collaborated on songs with Nara Leão, Roberto Menescal and Sérgio Mendes among others, he privately taught artists who went on to become highly successful global bossa nova singers and songwriters. ...


Article: Album Review

Antonio Adolfo: Bossa 65

Read "Bossa 65" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Composer, arranger and pianist Antonio Adolfo has a discography which extends to the very early days of the Bossa Nova craze that swept through Brazil and into North America. With his deep roots in the Bossa tradition, Adolfo is an internationally recognized Brazilian jazz personage. Many of his original compositions have been covered by artists such ...


Article: Album Review

Ben Sher: Samba for Tarsila

Read "Samba for Tarsila" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Ben Sher, an acclaimed jazz guitarist based in New York City, brings us Samba for Tarsila, in which he pays a musical tribute to the Brazilian modernist painter, Tarsila de Aguiar do Amaral (1886-1973). Her vivid abstract paintings of the Brazilian landscape have provided Sher with his inspiration for this project. To help him ...


Article: Book Excerpts

A Life In Music

Read "A Life In Music" reviewed by Wulf Muller

The following is an excerpt from the Chapter “1996," from Wulf Müllers illustrated chronicle A Life In Music (Amazon Direct Publishing, 2022) Dee Dee Bridgewater performed three sold out nights at the glamorous and legendary Paris venue L'Olympia, with new signing to Verve France, singer Jeffery Smith, opening for her. Dee Dee's show ...


News: Event

Liberation Hall Announces Bossa Nova And Charlie Parker Titles For Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22

Liberation Hall Announces Bossa Nova And Charlie Parker Titles For Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22

CHARLIE PARKER – The Long Lost Bird Live Afro-CuBop Recordings VARIOUS ARTISTS – Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall Liberation Hall today details a pair of jazz vinyl releases for Record Store Day, the annual retail event which celebrates independent record stores in the U.S. and abroad. Record Store Day is set for Saturday, April 22. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

From Sergio Mendes to Susan Alcorn

Read "From Sergio Mendes to Susan Alcorn" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show covers a wide swath of creative music, going from Sergio Mendes and Julie Driscoll to June Tyson and Susan Alcorn. Don Byron and Ryan Keberle are among the others who appear on the program. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from he Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...


Article: Album Review

Antonio Adolfo: Octet And Originals

Read "Octet And Originals" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Antonio Adolfo is a pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader in the Latin jazz tradition, but his music is informed by Brazilian musical styles of the samba, bossa, quadrilha and toada. This latest Adolfo release entitled Octet And Originals features all his original compositions and are played by a stellar band of musicians who have been connected ...


Article: Album Review

Brasuka: A Vida Com Paixão

Read "A Vida Com Paixão" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brasuka first came together as a side project, led by keyboardist and vocalist Rosana Eckert and percussionist Ricardo Bozas, from out of a Sergio Mendes tribute band. You can still hear these roots in this full-length debut. But you can also hear where and how Brasuka's sound branches out into different styles and frameworks and yet ...


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