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Welcome! Antonio Adolfo's new album, Tema, tops our New Releases section. We have all the details plus a sample track from his CD and 91 others including these recent additions: Nicole's Raízes/Roots, Hamilton de Holanda's World of Pixinguinha; Phill Fest's That's What She Says; and Sounds of Life by Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup and Benjamim Taubkin. We've also added two new jazz albums to our Beyond Brazil section: Steve John's Family and Edsel Gómez's Road to Udaipur. We have complete information and a sample track from each. Other albums recently added to that section include Dawan Muhammad's Consider the Source; Frankye Kelly's Swingin' Blue; Pedro Giraudo Big Band's Cuentos; Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band's Low Ridin'; and Dave Stryker's Messin' with Mister T, bringing that section's total to 87 albums, nearly all with sample tracks. Finally, we've added an album to our Audio Archives section: Presença by the São Paulo-based quitar quartet Quaternaglia. When you visit that section, you can listen to extended features on 138 Brazilian albums, including these recent additions: Dave Pietro's Embrace: Jazz Impressions of Brazil and Muiza Adnet Sings Moacir Santos. Thanks for stopping by. We hope you'll take a few minutes to explore the many features of this website (you can always return to this page by clicking on our logo at the top of every page). As always, if you like what you find here, please 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
Apr. 15, 1978 – Philippe Baden Powell
Apr. 16, 1930 – Herbie Mann
Apr. 16, 1943 – Sebastião Tapajós
Apr. 19, 1941 – Roberto Carlos
Apr. 21, 1946 – Gilson Peranzzetta
Apr. 23, 1897 – Pixinguinha
Apr. 23, 1918 – Geraldo Pereira
Apr. 24, 1937 – Joe Henderson
Apr. 25, 1910 – Custódio Mesquita
Apr. 25, 1917 – Ella Fitzgerald
Apr. 27, 1930 – Claus Ogerman
Apr. 28, 1949 – Paulo César Pinheiro
Apr. 28, 1965 – Ithamara Koorax
Apr. 29, 1899 – Duke Ellington
Apr. 29, 1922 – Toots Thielemans
Apr. 29, 1941 – Nana Caymmi
Apr. 29, 1951 – Vinicius Cantuária
Apr. 30, 1914 – Dorival Caymmi
May 1, 1934 – Shirley Horn
May 2, 1909 – Ataulfo Alves
May 4, 1937 – Ron Carter
May 4, 1953 – Lulu Santos
May 4, 1961 – Herbert Vianna
May 5, 1917 – Dalva de Oliveira
May 5, 1918 – Dino Sete Cordas
May 5, 1946 – Beth Carvalho
May 6, 1958 – Fátima Guedes
May 7, 1893 – Orestes Barbosa
May 9, 1948 – Tania Maria
May 10, 1964 – Keco Brandão
May 11, 1936 – Carlos Lyra
May 12, 1913 – Jamelão
May 12, 1932 – Walter Wanderley
May 12, 1966 – Bebel Gilberto
May 15, 1940 – Oscar Castro-Neves
May 17, 1963 – Gerhard Hetzendorfer
May 18, 1954 – Jaques Morelenbaum
May 19, 1929 – Johnny Alf
May 21, 1962 – Roberto Frejat
May 23, 1908 – Sílvio Caldas
May 23, 1928 – Rosemary Clooney
May 24, 1958 – David Ganc
May 25, 1926 – Miles Davis
May 26, 1930 – Sivuca
May 27, 1926 – Bud Shank
May 28, 1913 – Cyro Monteiro
May 28, 1946 – Cláudio Roditi
May 31, 1948 – Paulinho da Costa
June 1, 1941 – Robertinho Silva
June 4, 1948 – Paquito D'Rivera
June 5, 1941 – Erasmo Carlos
June 5, 1948 – Sérgio Abreu
June 9, 1943 – Kenny Barron
June 10, 1931 – João Gilberto
June 10, 1950 – Guinga
June 13, 1963 – Julie Koidin

Antonio Adolfo, Tema
Tema CD cover.
01 – Alegria for all (Joy for all)
Original: Bate o pé
02 – Natureza (Nature)
03 – Phrygia Brasileira
04 – SamboJazz
05 – Alem mares (Beyond seas)
06 – São Paulo express
07 – Todo dia (Everyday)
08 – Trem da serra (Hillside train)
09 – Melos
10 – Variations on a tema triste
Original: Tema triste
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Nicole, Raízes/Roots
Raízes/Roots CD cover.
01 – Com saúde (Abi gezunt)
02 – Passarinho (Shlof mayn feigele)
03 – Quem que sobra (Ver vet blaybn)
04 – Batatas (Bulbes)
05 – No escuro (In der fintster)
06 – Ave dourada (Goldene pave)
07 – Chuva (Ven der regn zipt in droysn)
08 – Dois músicos (Yidl mitn fidl)
09 – Talvez (Zol zayn)
10 – Ontem (S'lz nito kein nekhtn)
11 – Cantando por um mundo melhor (Singing for a better world/Sholem lid)
12 – Nova dança (Der nayer sher)
13 – Bonus: Batatas (Bulbes) remix
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Hamilton de Holanda, World of Pixinguinha
World of Pixinguinha CD cover.
01 – Naquele tempo
02 – Lamentos
03 – Agradecendo
04 – Canção da odalisca
05 – Um a zero
06 – Ingênuo
07 – Rosa
08 – Seu Lourenço no vinho
09 – Benguelê
10 – Yaô
11 – Capricho de Pixinguinha
12 – Carinhoso
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Phill Fest, That's What She Says
That's What She Says CD cover.
01 – Meu pai
02 – Chora baião
03 – That's what she says
04 – Frajola
05 – De conversa em conversa
06 – Guararapes
07 – Triste
08 – Choro No. 1
09 – Estamos aí
10 – Tchau for now
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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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Plus...

Harry Allen's All-Star Brazilian Band, Flying Over Rio
Laura Dreyer, Vida. Arte. Amor.
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 Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quintet will perform Hendrik Meurkens. Hendrik Meurkens May 27, 7:00-11:00 pm, at the Emerald Restaurant, 97-04 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, NYC. The band is Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica and vibes, Misha Tsiganov on piano, Oleg Osenkov on bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on drums. For more information... Read more

Brazilian singer Kenia and her jazz trio will perform 7:00-9:00 pm every Thursday night, now through July 30, at Franco's Italian Restaurant, 8 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall, PA. For more information, the phone number is (412) 408-3695. Kenia's website is www.kenialive.com.

The Ali Ryerson - Joe Carter Duo, featuring Ali Ryerson on flutes and Joe Carter on guitar, Ali Ryerson. Ali Ryerson Joe Carter. Joe Carter will perform May 30, 7:00-8:30 pm, at 226 Java Art Jazz, 226 Broad St., Windsor, CT. There is a $12 music charge. For more information, visit www.226jazz.org... Read more

California's Healdsburg Jazz Festival will celebrate Jazz and Music Luciana Souza. Luciana Souza
Photo: Bob Wolfenson
of the Americas: Brazil
on May 30, 7:30 pm, with two sets of Brazilian music. The first set features guitarist Romero Lubambo and singer Luciana Souza and the second set features Trio da Paz with special guest pianist Kenny Barron. The concert will be held at the Jackson Theater, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, CA. For more information, visit www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org... Read more

Two formations of the Jovino Santos Neto Trio will perform at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club Bird's Eye Poster. in Basel, Switzerland, on four dates in mid-June. For the performances June 10-11, Jovino Santos Neto (piano, flute and melodica) will be joined by Matthias Müller (clarinet and bass clarinet) and Daniel Pezzotti (cello). For the performances June 12-13, Jovino will be joined by Stephan Kurmann (bass) and Mauro Martins (drums). All performances begin at 8:30 pm... Read more

Two of Brazil's best classical guitarists, Odair and Sérgio Assad, are teaming Odair & Sérgio Assad. Odair & Sérgio Assad up with one of Brazil's best jazz guitarists, Romero Lubambo, for a North American tour entitled Samba Exótico. Here's the tour schedule: June 16-17 at Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., New York City; for more information, visit www.jazzstandard.com or call (212) 576-2232. June 19-20, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas... Read more

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo are on a European Dianne Reeves. Dianne Reeves tour July 4-21. Here are the dates. July 4 at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival in Lewes, East Sussex, England; July 5 at JazzTM in Timisoara, Romania; July 7 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland; July 9 at Jazz Open Stuttgart at the Schloplatz in Stuttgart, Germany; July 11 at the Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, Denmark; July 12 at the North Sea Jazz Festival... Read more

Trio da Paz will perform July 19-25 at Jazz Port Townsend at the McCurdy Pavillion, Trio da Paz. Trio da Paz Fort Worden State Park, in Port Townsend, WA. The Trio is Romero Lubambo (guitar), Nilson Matta (bass) and Duduka Da Fonseca (drum). For more information, the website is centrum.org. The Trio will also perform August 18-23 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola... Read more

Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta will be a faculty member at the Litchfield Jazz Camp, Nilson Matta. Nilson Matta July 12-17, at the Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut. For more information, visit litchfieldjazzfest.com. Nilson is also the Artistic/Music Director for the Samba Meets Jazz Workshops July 26-31 and August 2-7 in Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, visit www.sambameetsjazz.com... Read more

Here are 87 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Steve Johns, Family; Edsel Gómez, Road to Udaipur; Dawan Muhammad, Consider the Source; Frankye Kelly, Swingin' Blue;
Swingin' Blue CD cover. Cuentos CD cover. Consider the Source CD cover.
Pedro Giraudo Big Band, Cuentos; Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band, Low Ridin'; Dave Stryker, Messin' with Mister T; Rachel Caswell, All I Know: Duets with Dave Stryker and Jeremy Allen; Kevin Stout & Brian Booth, Color Country; Pascalito Neostalgia Trio, Citizen Chanteur Live in NYC; Pascalito Neostalgia Quartet, Forbidden Colours Live Bennett Session; 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;... 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 363 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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