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Welcome! We've added two new jazz albums to our Beyond Brazil section: the self-titled album Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz and the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet's Intercambio. We have all the details plus a sample track from each. That section now features 95 albums, nearly all with sample tracks. Recent additions include the Samuel Torres Group's Forced Displacement; All in the Family by George and Chico Freeman; Christian Finger's Ananda; Perry Beekman's S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin; and Mark Weinstein's In Jerusalem. We've also added an album to our Audio Archives section. It's Tom McDermott's Choro do Norte. That section now has features on 143 Brazilian albums plus interviews, memorial tributes, special features, and much more. Two other albums added this month to that section are Jovino Santos Neto's Canto do Rio and Serenata: The Music of Hermeto Pascoal by Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto. Topping our New Releases section are Michel Nirenberg's Retrato/Portrait and Sambeleza's Sambeleza Live! We have complete details and sample tracks from those albums and 92 others, including these recent additions: Antonio Adolfo's Tema; Nicole's Raízes/Roots; Hamilton de Holanda's World of Pixinguinha; and Phill Fest's That's What She Says. Thanks for visiting this website. Please take some time to look around (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, 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
June 16, 1945 – Ivan Lins
June 17, 1939 – Geraldo Ribeiro
June 17, 1946 – Arthur Verocai
June 18, 1946 – Maria Bethânia
June 19, 1944 – Chico Buarque
June 19, 1955 – Edelton Gloeden
June 21, 1932 – Lalo Schifrin
June 21, 1950 – Almir Chediak
June 21, 1952 – Kimson Plaut
June 22, 1936 – Hermeto Pascoal
June 28, 1915 – Garoto
June 29, 1946 – Gilberto Gil
June 29, 1960 – Tony Bellotto
July 1, 1946 – Alceu Valença
July 1, 1967 – Marisa Monte
July 6, 1948 – Toquinho
July 8, 1948 – Márcio Montarroyos
July 16, 1920 – Elizeth Cardoso
July 16, 1923 – Bola Sete
July 16, 1925 – Cal Tjader
July 17, 1928 – Vince Guaraldi
July 22, 1928 – Keter Betts
July 26, 1926 – Moacir Santos
July 27, 1960 – Marcos Sacramento
July 27, 1962 – Karrin Allyson
July 28, 1957 – Tadeu do Amaral
July 28, 1965 – Daniela Mercury
July 30, 1941 – Rosinha de Valença
July 31, 1902 – Carlos Cachaça
Aug. 1, 1941 – Ney Matogrosso
Aug. 2, 1944 – Naná Vasconcelos
Aug. 3, 1925 – Dom Um Romão
Aug. 5, 1941 – Airto Moreira
Aug. 6, 1910 – Adoniran Barbosa
Aug. 6, 1937 – Baden Powell
Aug. 6, 1956 – Joaquim Freire
Aug. 6, 1957 – Hendrik Meurkens
Aug. 7, 1942 – Caetano Veloso
Aug. 7, 1956 – Sharon Isbin
Aug. 9, 1942 – Jack DeJohnette
Aug. 10, 1956 – Fafá de Belém
Aug. 12, 1943 – Clara Nunes
Aug. 13, 1954 – Nico Assumpção

Michel Nirenberg, Retrato/Portrait
Retrato/Portrait CD cover.
01 – Chorinho em aldeia/Na glória
02 – À deux
03 – Forró from the south
04 – Beatriz
05 – Caravan
06 – Desvairada
07 – Menina de avental
08 – Lonely
09 – Samba da Virgínia
10 – Santa Morena
11 – Bonus track: Forró from the south 2
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Sambeleza, Sambeleza Live!
Sambeleza Live! CD cover.
01 – Madalena
02 – Só tinha de ser com você
03 – Chega de saudade
04 – Corcovado
05 – Da licença
06 – Estate
07 – Batida diferente
08 – Wave
09 – A rã
10 – Blame destiny
11 – One note samba
12 – Só danço samba
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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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Plus...

Hamilton de Holanda, Caprichos
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
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 New Haven, Connecticut-based Brazilian jazz group, Sambeleza, has announced a series of concert and nightclub Sambeleza. Sambeleza
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performances in Connecticut to celebrate the release of the band's first album, Sambeleza Live! Members of the band are São Paulo native Isabella Mendes on piano and vocals, Brazilian specialist Joe Carter on guitar, and jazz bassist Jeff Fuller. The trio is joined by guest artists Ali Ryerson on flute, Adriano Santos on drums, and Zé Maurício on percussion. Here are the remaining dates in the tour schedule: Aug. 16... Read more

Trio da Paz will perform August 18-23 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola — Jazz at Trio da Paz. Trio da Paz Lincoln Center, in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, 10 Columbus Circle, New York City. The Trio is Romero Lubambo (guitar), Nilson Matta (bass) and Duduka Da Fonseca (drums). For more information, the website is www.jazz.org... Read more

Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta is 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. Nilson Matta's website is www.nilsonmatta.com.

Brazilian jazz guitarist and composer Flávio Barba has launched a new project called Jazz4Music. Every month, he Jazz4Music. invites different musicians playing Brazilian music, jazz and pop to make a new video of a song, recorded live. The videos are presented on the Jazz4Music youtube channel. Two recordings are already online: Milton Nascimento's Canção do Sal (Salt Song) features Flávio Barba, Giba Favery, Ary Holland, Nilton Leonard, Marcos Eiras, and Helio Ishitani... Read more

Here are 95 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz, Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz;
Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz CD cover. Intercambio CD cover. Forced Displacement CD cover.
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Intercambio; Samuel Torres Group, Forced Displacement; George Freeman & Chico Freeman, All in the Family; Christian Finger, Ananda; Perry Beekman, S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin; Mark Weinstein, In Jerusalem; Nils Fischer & Timbazo, Rumberos a Montón; Steve Johns, Family; Edsel Gómez, Road to Udaipur; Dawan Muhammad, Consider the Source; Frankye Kelly, Swingin' Blue; 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;... 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 366 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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