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Welcome! Trio da Paz's new album, 30, tops our New Releases section. The album celebrates the band's 30 years together. We have full details and a sample track from their album and 98 others, including these recent additions: Piano in the House, featuring nine of Brazil's finest pianists; Cissa Paz's self-titled debut album; Catina DeLuna's Grammy-nominated Lado B Brazilian Project; and Fato's Próximo. We also added an album to our Audio Archives section. Our feature on Grazyna Auguscik's The Light was originally broadcast March 16, 2005. When you visit our archives, you can listen to extended features on 154 Brazilian albums—plus interviews, special features, memorial tributes and more. The latest addition to our Beyond Brazil section is Routes by The Dave Stryker/Steve Slagle Band (Expanded). The album is trending upward on the jazz charts and is now in the number three spot on Jazz Week. We have complete information plus a sample track to give you a taste of the music. Our Beyond Brazil section features 108 albums, nearly all with sample tracks. Recent additions include Karrin Allyson's Grammy-nominated Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein; Ramana Vieira's Fado da Vida; Kim Nazarian's Some Morning; Nano Stern's Mil 500 Vueltas; and Ed Calle's double album, Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue (a 2015 Latin Grammy winner). Thanks for visiting this website. Please take a few minutes 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, 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
Jan. 19, 1942 – Nara Leão
Jan. 25, 1927 – Tom Jobim
Jan. 25, 1943 – Leny Andrade
Jan. 25, 1965 – Vittor Santos
Jan. 26, 1935 – Durval Ferreira
Jan. 27, 1906 – Radamés Gnattali
Jan. 27, 1949 – Djavan
Jan. 30, 1956 – Lula Barbosa
Jan. 31, 1948 – Joyce Moreno
Feb. 2, 1924 – Sonny Stitt
Feb. 2, 1927 – Stan Getz
Feb. 6, 1948 – Luiz Simas
Feb. 6, 1954 – Juarez Moreira
Feb. 9, 1909 – Carmen Miranda
Feb. 10, 1947 – Antonio Adolfo
Feb. 11, 1927 – Newton Mendonça
Feb. 11, 1941 – Sergio Mendes
Feb. 12, 1938 – Martinho da Vila
Feb. 13, 1955 – Joe Carter
Feb. 14, 1918 – Jacó do Bandolim
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

Trio da Paz, 30
30 CD cover.
01 – Sampa 67
02 – For Donato
03 – Outono
04 – Alana
05 – Luisa
06 – Samba triste
07 – Águas brasileiras
08 – Sweeping the chimney
09 – Flying over Rio
10 – LVM/ Direto ao assunto
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Various, Piano in the House
Piano in the House CD cover.
01 – Felipe na área
02 – Odeon
03 – Valsa da dor
04 – Duda no frevo
05 – Caipira
06 – Caicó
07 – Luiza no parque
08 – Venezuelana
09 – Vôo
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Cissa Paz, Cissa Paz
Cissa Paz CD cover.
01 – Reza cigana
02 – Rainha ginga
03 – Cobrinha
04 – Onda mansa
05 – Toro brabo
06 – Saluba
07 – A beira e o mar
08 – Nila
09 – O Mundo gira
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Catina DeLuna, Lado B Brazilian Project
Lado B Brazilian Project CD cover.
01 – Lavadeira do Rio and Maracatu
02 – Garota de Ipanema
03 – Cavalo marinho
04 – Contrato de separação
05 – Chovendo na roseira
06 – Estrela azul
07 – O canto da Ema
08 – Encontros e despedidas
09 – Lamentos
10 – Quase frevo
11 – Fotografia
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Fato, Próximo
Próximo CD cover.
01 – O homen
02 – Bandida
03 – Raiz
04 – A fio
05 – Rumo ao sumo
06 – Presente de partida
07 – Tem que esquecer
08 – Labirinto
09 – Tristeza
10 – Indivídua
11 – Carros blindados
12 – Vez por outra
13 – Vagabundo II
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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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Plus...

Nicole, Raízes/Roots
Hamilton de Holanda, World of Pixinguinha
Phill Fest, That's What She Says
Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup & Benjamim Taubkin, Sounds of Life
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio, Jive Samba
Nilson Matta, East Side Rio Drive
David Feldman, piano
Carol Saboya, Antonio Adolfo, and Hendrik Meurkens, Copa Village
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
Singer Masha Campagne and Voz da Lapa featuring Rob Reich on accordion will Masha Campagne. Masha Campagne present Love & Bossa Feb. 13, 9:00 pm (door opens at 8:00 pm), at Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA. Tickets are $12 and $15, and Doc's Lab is an all ages venue. Besides Masha Campagne on vocals and melodica, the band features Ian Faquini on guitar, Sam Bevan on bass, and Phil Thompson on drums. For more information... Read more

The Sons of Brasil will perform Feb. 13, 8:00-10:30 pm, The Sons of Brasil. The Sons of Brasil at The Art Factory, 5621 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS. For more information, visit theartfactorykc.com. Members of the band are Stan Kessler (trumpet and flugelhorn), Roger Wilder (piano), Danny Embrey (guitar), Greg Whitfield (bass), Doug Auwarter (drums)... Read more

Luciana Souza has a new band featuring Luciana (vocals), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Luciana Souza. Luciana Souza Grégoire Maret (harmonica), Massimo Biolcati (bass), and Kendrick Scott (drums). They are touring in support of a new album titled Speaking in Tongues. Feb. 14, at Teatro Nacional Sucre, Quito, Equador. For more information, visit www.teatrosucre.com. Mar. 17, at The Athaneum – Jazz at TSRI, La Jolla, CA. For more information... Read more

The Chicago Choro Club hosts a monthly Roda de Choro (choro jam session) The Chicago Choro Club. The Chicago Choro Club at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL. It's free and open to the public, and musicians are invited to bring their instruments and play along. The club also gives weekly lessons every Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am. Organizer Julie Koidin says, For non-musicians wanting to participate in playing music/choro, I highly recommend taking up pandeiro, the Brazilian percussion instrument that is played in a host of styles... Read more

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. Three recordings are already online: Jogral (Jester) by Filó Machado, José Neto, and Djavan features Flávio Barba, João Cristal, Marinho Andreotti, and Nelton Essi... Read more

Here are 108 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: The Dave Stryker/Steve Slagle Band (Expanded), Routes; Karrin Allyson, Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein; Ramana Vieira,
Routes CD cover. Many a New Day CD cover. Fado da Vida CD cover.
Fado da Vida; Kim Nazarian, Some Morning; Robert Irving III-Generations, Our Space in Time; Ed Calle & Mamblue, Dr. Ed Calle Presents Mamblue; Nano Stern, Mil 500 Vueltas; Hannah Burgé, Green River Sessions; Dawan Muhammad, Gatekeepers Blues; Peter Paulsen Trio, A Few Thoughts; The Liberation Music Collective, Siglo XXI; Larry Newcomb Quartet, LIVE Intentionally!; César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz, No Limits for Tumbao; Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz, Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Konitz; Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, Intercambio; Samuel Torres Group, Forced Displacement; George Freeman & Chico Freeman, All in the Family; Christian Finger, Ananda;... 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 369 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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