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Take Five With Andrea Dutra

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Meet Andréa Dutra:

Andréa Dutra is a Brazilian singer from Rio de Janeiro. Her most important influences are MPB (popular Brazilian music), samba and jazz. She has worked with many important Brazilian musicians like Tim Maia, Seu Jorge, Sandra de Sa, Danilo Caymmi and others, all over Brazil. Andrea was nominated for the most important music award in Brazil for her first album, Andréa Dutra, released by Niteréi Discos in 1993.

Since 2001 Andrea sings in the samba vocal quartet Arranco De Varsóvia, winner of the most important music award in Brazil, as Best Samba Group of the Year, in 2006, with the album Na Cadencia do Samba. In 2010 , the group launched their fifth CD and first DVD, recorded live, Paozinho de Acucar: Arranco De Varsóvia Canta Martinho da Vila, in which they sang exclusively the music of the great samba composer Martinho da Vila. The DVD features Martinho himself on stage with Arranco.

In 2005, Andréa Dutra and pianist Paulo Malaguti played Brazilian jazz at the Versailles Palace as part of The Year of Brazil in France. Andréa was in You Record's Soul of Brazil album, and was pre-nominated for the Latin Grammy, category Best Song, for her song, "Disseram." Throughout her career, she has been performing in all important clubs and theatres in Rio and Sao Paulo.

The Andréa Dutra Quartet played at Modern Sound Mega Store for five years, having received visitor musicians from all over the world, like American drummer Mike Shapiro. You can hear Andréa on Grammy Award-winner Gaudencio Thiago de Mello's album, Amor Mais que Perfeito, side by side with Ithamara Koorax. In 2007, SalaDeSom records released O Amor de uns Tempos pra Ca, featuring Andréa Dutra in duo with guitarist Marcus Nabuco. "A Linha e o Linho," by Gilberto Gil and included on the album, was featured on the original soundtrack of Tititi, a soap opera on Rede Globo TV.

The Andréea Dutra Quartet celebrates its twelfth year together, resident at the Triboz Club, in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, experimenting with jazz and Brazilian jazz, with a faithful audience.

In February, 2013, Mills Records released Andréa Dutra's new album, Jamba, an original mix of jazz, samba and Brazilian jazz, that ends up sounding like what we choose to call Brazilian universal music. The album shows how Brazilian music can use elements of jazz, like improvisation and reharmonization, to enhance its beauty without ever losing its Brazilian accent and characteristics. In fact, it's clear to see how jazz and Brazilian music have exchanged—influencing and being influenced by each other.

The tracks are a mix of previously unreleased songs by Dutra and other composers, and new versions of tunes by Djavan, Moacir Santos, Monarco, Vinicius de Moraes, Caetano Veloso, Fatima Guedes and other great Brazilian composers.

The tracks were recorded live in the studio by Andréa Dutra (voice) Paulo Malaguti Pauleira (piano), Ze Luiz Maia (bass), Augusto Mattoso (double bass), Rafael Barata (drums) and Marcelo Martins as a special guest artist, playing sax and flutes. The CD was produced, mixed and mastered by Carlos Mills.

Instrument(s):

Voice.

Teachers and/or influences?

Teachers:

Delia Fischer: piano; Caio Senna: piano; Kaleba Vilella: voice; Cristina Passos: voice.

Influences: Brazilian music; samba; MPB; jazz; cool jazz; soul music; AOR; funk.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

I had abandoned advertising college, had started studying piano and singing, and had started singing as a backing vocal in Rio. I was 21, living in Paris, working as a babysitter and studying music by myself, listening to all the jazz I could find, attending concerts and I feeling that music was worth coming back home to. Although I had already started to sing here and there before I traveled, it was only when I came back to Rio that it became clear that I should take it seriously and study. So I threw myself in music, and never looked back. It's been 25 years now.

Your sound and approach to music:

I listened to everything. My father liked Burt Bacharach, Romanticos de Cuba, brass ensembles and Italian romantic music. My mother listened to Brazilian MPB, Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, Chico Buarque, and a little Barbra Streisand and Domenico Modugno. Then I lived in London and became bilingual, which helped me to ease the language barrier. My sister listened to Cat Stevens, The Beatles, progressive rock and classical. I grew up in the disco years, despite being in Brazil. I listened to a lot of American music on the radio. Then I started to listen to jazz, and did that for years. And still do, most of the time. But I rarely listen to singers.

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