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Welcome! Two albums top our New Releases section: Sounds of Life by Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup and Benjamim Taubkin; and Jive Samba by the Duduka Da Fonseca Trio. We have all the details plus sample tracks from those albums and 87 others, including these recent additions: Nilson Matta's East Side Rio Drive; David Feldman's piano; Copa Village by Carol Saboya, Antonio Adolfo, and Hendrik Meurkens; and Hamilton de Holanda's Caprichos. We've also added two new CDs to our Beyond Brazil section: the Pascalito Neostalgia Trio's Citizen Chanteur Live in NYC and the Pascalito Neostalgia Quartet's EP disc, Forbidden Colours Live Bennett Session. We have complete information and a sample track from each. That section now includes 78 albums, nearly all with sample tracks. These jazz albums are among the recent additions: Hot Club of the Americas' Federico Britos presents Hot Club of the Americas; the Dawan Muhammad/ Billy Higgins Sextet's Smoke Signal; Calvin Keys' Close Enough for Love; and V-A Virginia Schenck's Interior Notions. Don't miss our Audio Archives section, where you can listen to extended features on 132 Brazilian albums—and lots more, including musical tributes in memory of Brazilian musicians and composers. Thanks for visiting this website. Please take a few minutes to explore its many features (you can always return to this page by clicking on our logo at the top of every page). If you like what you find here, we hope you'll tell your friends about it. Thanks!

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January 15, 2014 – The innovative band Fato from Curitiba, Paraná, is celebrating its Grupo Fato in recording studio. 20th anniversary with the release of the group's seventh album later this year. Keyboardist and vocalist Grace Torres sent us a sneak preview of the release. Produced by Pedro Luís, the new album (yet to be named) features guest appearances by vocalists... Read more

Here are earlier sneak previews of new albums by:
Hamilton de Holanda & Yamandú Costa
Jon Gold
André Vasconcellos
Joe Carter
Pascalito
Luiz Simas
Harvey Wainapel

April 24, 2013 – As the author of 14 books whose work is anthologized Rodrigo Garcia Lopes. Rodrigo Garcia Lopes
in several countries, Rodrigo Garcia Lopes has received acclaim as a scholar, poet and translator. But he's not so well known as a singer-songwriter. With the release of his second album, Canções do Estúdio Realidade, he has emerged as an artist deserving worldwide recognition for his music... Read more

Here's another of our Discovery Artists:
Rubens Figueiredo

Remembering Tom Jobim
Dec. 8, 2011 – Antonio Carlos Jobim, the beloved composer whose name comes to mind Tom Jobim. first when people speak of Brazilian music, died on December 8, 1994. Here's our short biographical sketch of Tom Jobim and a 44-minute musical tribute to him, Remembering Tom Jobim, from our radio broadcast on the tenth anniversary of his death, December 8, 2004... Read more

Here are other special features:
Interview with Antonio Adolfo
The story of Mas que Nada
Paula Morelenbaum interview
BOSSAlibre

Artist Profiles are biographical sketches of Brazilian musicians and composers – and other artists noted for performing Brazilian music. They are listed in alphabetical order by first name... Read more

 Birthdays
Feb. 21, 1946 – José Roberto Bertrami
Feb. 23, 1938 – Wilson Simonal
Feb. 25, 1929 – Tommy Newsom
Mar. 5, 1887 – Heitor Villa-Lobos
Mar. 6, 1942 – Flora Purim
Mar. 6, 1966 – Fábio Zanon
Mar. 7, 1940 – Turíbio Santos
Mar. 7, 1948 – Danilo Caymmi
Mar. 8, 1953 – Dega Calazans
Mar. 10, 1959 – Fred Schneiter
Mar. 13, 1937 – Mestre Zé Paulo
Mar. 13, 1971 – Clara Moreno
Mar. 13, 1944 – Cacaso
Mar. 14, 1903 – Benedito Lacerda
Mar. 14, 1957 – Cliff Korman
Mar. 17, 1930 – Paul Horn
Mar. 17, 1945 – Elis Regina
Mar. 18, 1951 – Bill Frisell
Mar. 18, 1964 – Paul Galbraith
Mar. 19, 1911 – Assis Valente
Mar. 19, 1960 – Eliane Elias
Mar. 22, 1942 – Jorge Ben Jor
Mar. 27, 1924 – Sarah Vaughan
Mar. 27, 1952 – Carlinhos Vergueiro
Mar. 27, 1960 – Renato Russo
Mar. 28, 1935 – Hermínio Bello de Carvalho
Mar. 28, 1956 – Zizi Possi
Mar. 29, 1907 – João de Barro
Mar. 29, 1940 – Astrud Gilberto
Mar. 29, 1949 – Michael Brecker
Mar. 30, 1976 – Hamilton de Holanda
Mar. 31, 1951 – Duduka Da Fonseca
Apr. 1, 1902 – Moreira da Silva
Apr. 1, 1956 – Zé Renato
Apr. 4, 1958 – Cazuza
Apr. 5, 1934 – Stanley Turrentine
Apr. 6, 1927 – Gerry Mulligan
Apr. 6, 1937 – Gene Bertoncini
Apr. 6, 1960 – John Pizzarelli
Apr. 8, 1943 – Chico Batera
Apr. 12, 1940 – Herbie Hancock
Apr. 13, 1914 – Dona Ivone Lara
Apr. 13, 1952 – Rosa Passos
Apr. 14, 1924 – Shorty Rogers
Apr. 15, 1978 – Philippe Baden Powell

Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup & Benjamim Taubkin, Sounds of Life
Sounds of Life CD cover.
01 – Pifaiada
02 – Gota d'água
03 – Choro Bororo
04 – Improviso (e o que veio depois)
05 – O tocador
06 – Mozambik bembe
07 – Fábrica de sapos
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Duduka Da Fonseca Trio, Jive Samba
Jive Samba CD cover.
01 – Jive samba
02 – Lucky southern
03 – Sco's bossa
04 – Recorda me
05 – Peresina
06 – Clouds
07 – Pensativa
08 – Speak like a child
09 – El gaucho
10 – Samba Yantra
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Nilson Matta, East Side Rio Drive
East Side Rio Drive CD cover.
01 – Sertão
02 – Verde
03 – Boogie stop shuffle
04 – Blue in green
05 – Ê menina (Hey girl)
06 – Mojave
07 – Proêmio do Mingus
08 – Luas de Nadine
09 – Ângela
10 – Mambo inn
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David Feldman, piano
piano CD cover.
01 – Primavera
02 – Conversa de botequim
03 – Chobim
04 – O latido do cachorro
05 – Intro/ Sliding ways
06 – Bad relation
07 – Tristeza de nós dois
08 – Tetê
09 – Esqueceram de mim no aeroporto
10 – Sabiá
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Carol Saboya, Antonio Adolfo, and Hendrik Meurkens, Copa Village
Copa Village CD cover.
01 – The girl from Ipanema/ Garota de Ipanema
02 – Copa village
03 – Show de bola
04 – O boto
05 – Como de fosse
06 – Água de beber
07 – Pois é
08 – Pretty world
09 – Two kites
10 – Nosso mundo
11 – Visão
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Hamilton de Holanda, Caprichos
Caprichos CD cover.
Disc 1
01 – First caprice
02 – Bachiano caprice
03 – Venezuelan caprice
04 – Luperce caprice
05 – Waltz caprice
06 – Carmo caprice
07 – Pixinguinha caprice
08 – Choro caprice
09 – Sun caprice
10 – Sky caprice
11 – Exodus caprice
12 – Spain caprice

Disc 2
01 – Saint Cecilia caprice
02 – Moon caprice
03 – Raphael caprice
04 – South caprice
05 – Donga caprice
06 – Chocolate caprice
07 – North caprice
08 – Indian caprice
09 – Time caprice
10 – Brazilian caprice
11 – East caprice
12 – Last caprice
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Harry Allen's All-Star Brazilian Band, Flying Over Rio
Flying Over Rio CD cover.
01 – Double rainbow
02 – A ship without a sail
03 – The night has a thousand eyes
04 – Bonita
05 – Girl from Ipanema
06 – Bate papo
07 – Copacabana
08 – Tristeza de nos dois
09 – Eu e a brisa
10 – Mojave
11 – Flying over Rio
12 – Serra de estrella
13 – Lamento no morro
14 – Piano na Mangueira
15 – Love dance
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Laura Dreyer, Vida. Arte. Amor.
Vida. Arte. Amor. CD cover.
01 – Caminhos novos
02 – Beauty & the beast
03 – Ping pong
04 – Valeu a pena o prazer
(Portuguese version of track 7)
05 – Beijo do sol (Rio version)
06 – Spring St.
07 – Vale la pena el placer
08 – O outro lado do seu amor
09 – Perdendo você
10 – A sombra se foi
11 – Until daybreak
12 – Arcade
13 – A dança dos cachorros
14 – Perdiéndote
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Plus...

Gabriel Espinosa & Hendrik Meurkens, Samba Little Samba
SpokFrevo Orquestra, Ninho de Vespa
Phil DeGreg & Brasilia, Brazilian People
Ricardo Silveira, Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio
Bebel Gilberto, Tudo
Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, Segunda Vez
Sherie Julianne, 10 Degrees South
Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov, Junity Duo & Quartet
Fabiana Passoni, Let Your Love Rise
Benjamim Taubkin, Al Qantara/ The Bridge
Clarice Assad, Imaginarium
Trio Três Pontos, Três Pontos...
Antonio Adolfo, Rio, Choro, Jazz...
Charlie Dennard, From Brazil to New Orleans
Rozina Pátkai, Você e Eu
Paulinho Garcia, Beautiful Love

Here are 66 more New Releases from 2011 to 2013. Click on a title to read about the album and listen to a sample track... Read more
The Sons of Brasil will perform Mar. 27, 8:00-10:30 pm, at Take Five Coffee Bar, The Sons of Brasil. The Sons of Brasil 6601 W. 135th St., Suite A21, Overland Park, KS. Members of the band are Stan Kessler (trumpet and flugelhorn), Roger Wilder (piano), Danny Embrey (guitar), Greg Whitfield (bass), Doug Auwarter (drums) and Gary Helm (percussion)... Read more

Jazz harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, pianist Misha Tsiganov and bassist Chris Berger Hendrik Meurkens. Hendrik Meurkens will perform Mar. 31 at the Bar Next Door, 129 MacDougal St., New York. Sets begin at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm, and there's a $12 cover charge. For more information, the Bar Next Door's website is http://lalanternacaffe.com and the phone number is (212) 529-5945. On April 19, 5:00 pm, Hendrik Meurkens and pianist Bill Cunliffe will play for a Jazz Vespers at All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid Ave., Pasadena,... Read more

The Ali Ryerson - Joe Carter Duo, featuring Ali Ryerson on flutes and Joe Carter Ali Ryerson. Ali Ryerson on guitar, has two performances scheduled in April. The Duo will perform April 2, 7:00-8:00 pm at The Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St., Windsor, CT. A donation is suggested. The phone number for more information is (860) 688-2528. The Duo will also perform April 19, 3:00-4:00 pm, as part of the Rose Window Concert Series at First Congregational Church of Stratford, 2301 Main St., Stratford,... Read more

The Joe Carter International Brazilian Jazz Sextet will perform April 14 Joe Carter. Joe Carter at the 2nd Annual Jobim Fest at Sacred Heart University, Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield, Connecticut. Admission is free. Members of the sextet are Joe Carter (guitar), Ali Ryerson (flutes), Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica), Paul Lieberman (saxophone), David Finck (bass), and Zé Maurício (percussion)... Read more

Here are 78 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Pascalito Neostalgia Trio, Citizen Chanteur Live in NYC; Pascalito Neostalgia Quartet, Forbidden Colours Live Bennett Session;
Citizen Chanteur Live in NYC CD cover. Forbidden Colours Live Bennett Session [EP] CD cover. Federico Britos presents Hot Club of the Americas CD cover.
Hot Club of the Americas, Federico Britos presents Hot Club of the Americas; Dawan Muhammad/Billy Higgins Sextet, Smoke Signal; Calvin Keys, Close Enough for Love; V-A Virginia Schenck, Interior Notions; Alex Conde, Descarga for Monk; The Phil Chester Group, Open Door Samba; Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet with Richie Cole, Vocal Madness; Tom Graf, Smokin'; Jason Paul Curtis with Swinglab & Swing Machine, Lovers Holiday; Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle; Phil Brown & The New Arts Jazztet, Arkadia; Marc Pompe, Monk's Dream; Various, Salsa de la Bahia, Vol. 2: Hoy y Ayer; James Leary, Together; Kevin Cline, Make Up Your Mind; Ritmos Unidos, Ritmos Unidos; Afro Bop Alliance, Angel Eyes; Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band, Fly!;... Read details and hear sample tracks

Randy Morse produced and hosted the weekly radio program The Best of Brazil from 1999 through 2010. Many of the features from the program are archived here, organized by category and broadcast date... Read more

Here are links to the websites of 362 bands and musicians, listed in alphabetical order by first name.
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Here are links to the websites of 120 record labels, listed in alphabetical order.
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