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Welcome! Brazilian jazz guitarist Eduardo Belloni's Back to the Beginning tops our New Releases section. We have all the details plus a sample track from his album and 102 others, including these recent additions: Whisper by Cristina Braga and Brandenburger Symphoniker; Aquarela by Paulinho Garcia and Friends; Daniela Mercury's Virtual Vinyl; and Trio da Paz's 30. We also added a new album to our Beyond Brazil section. It's The Rhythm Method by Professor Cunningham and his Old School. We have complete information plus a sample track to give you a taste of the music. Our Beyond Brazil section now includes 117 albums, nearly all with sample tracks. Recent additions include: Fred Fried's Core Four & More; The Dave Flippo Trio's Life on Mars; Fahir Atakoğlu's Live at Umbria Jazz; Manhattan Camerata's Tango Fado Project; and Fernando Huergo's Hashtag. Be sure to visit our Audio Archives section where you can listen to extended features on 157 Brazilian albums—plus interviews, memorial tributes and special features. Thanks for visiting this website. We hope you'll 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, 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
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
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

Eduardo Belloni, Back to the Beginning
Back to the Beginning CD cover.
01 – Dance of the skulls
02 – Back to the beginning
03 – Three lagoons
04 – Berceuse for a son of drum
05 – Cotopaxi
06 – Cinema
07 – In my opinion
08 – Country
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Cristina Braga & Brandenburger Symphoniker, Whisper
Whisper CD cover.
01 – Meditation
02 – Samba triste
03 – É doce morrer no mar
04 – Whisper on a prelude
05 – Mot d'amour
06 – A rã
07 – Last words
08 – All mine
09 – Canto triste
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Paulinho Garcia & Friends, Aquarela
Aquarela CD cover.
01 – Os escravos de Jó
02 – A-E-I-O-U
03 – O Pato
04 – Luar do sertão/ Azulão
05 – O trenzinho do caipira
06 – Touradas em Madri
07 – Se essa rua fosse minha
08 – Aquarela
09 – Sapo jururu
10 – Roda pião
11 – Ciranda cirandinha
12 – Meu limão, meu limoeira
13 – João e Maria
14 – O cravo brigou com a rosa/ Terezinha de Jesus
15 – Acalanto/ Boi da cara preta
16 – Luar do sertão (bonus track)
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Daniela Mercury, Virtual Vinyl
Virtual Vinyl CD cover.
01 – A rainha do axé (Rainha má)
02 – Maria Casaria
03 – América do amor
04 – Alegria e lamentation
05 – Tô samba da vida
06 – Sem argumento
07 – Frogs in the sky
08 – De Deus, de Alah, de Gilberto Gil
09 – Extranhos terrestres (Aperto de mente)
10 – Antropofágicos são paulistanos
11 – O riso de Deus
12 – Vinil Virtual (Aperto de mente 2)
13 – Três vozes
14 – Minha mãe, minha pátria
15 – Senhora do terreiro (Mãe Carmem)
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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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Plus...

Antonio Adolfo, Tema
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
Choro de Lá pra Cá is on a USA tour in April and May. The ensemble is Julie Koidin (flute), Diogo Guanabara Choro de Lá pra Cá. Choro de Lá pra Cá (mandolin and guitar) and Caio Padilha (viola caipira, rabeca, guitar and vocals). Singer Camila Masiso will join the ensemble for many of the concerts. Here are the remaining dates in the tour schedule: May 1, 10:00-11:30 am, a masterclass at the Musical Offering, Evanston, IL; May 1, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm, Roda de Choro at the Musical Offering, Evanston, IL; May 1, 4:00-5:00 pm... Read more

Jazz In the Neighborhood presents Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira Homenagem Brasileira. Homenagem Brasileira May 5, 7:00-9:00 pm, at the Piedmont Arts Center, 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont, CA. Musicians for the show include Sandy Cressman (voice and percussion), Jeff Cressman (trombone), Murray Low (piano), David Belove (bass) and Phil Thompson (drums)... Read more

The Sons of Brasil have four May performances scheduled in the Kansas City area: May 5, 12:00-1:00 pm, Jazz by the Lake The Sons of Brasil. The Sons of Brasil at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Conference Center, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, KS; May 6, 7:00-11:00 pm, at Chaz on the Plaza Restaurant and Lounge/ the Raphael Hotel, 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO; May 7, 7:00-9:30 pm,... Read more

Singer Masha Campagne and guitarist Ricardo Peixoto will perform Brazilian Ricardo Peixoto. Ricardo Peixoto Masha Campagne. Masha Campagne jazz classics May 8, 6:00 pm, at Café Pink House, 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA. Tickets are $15. The phone number for more information and tickets... Read more

Brazilian jazz singer Leny Andrade and New York-based guitarist Roni Ben-Hur have a week-long Leny Andrade & Roni Ben-Hur. Leny Andrade & Roni Ben-Hur engagement at New York City's Birdland, May 10-14. In 2015, the duo released Alegria de Viver on the Motema Music label. Joining Andrade and Ben-Hur at Birdland will be Itaiguara Brandão on bass and Hélio Schiavo on drums. The show is a production of BossaBrasil at Birdland, produced by... Read more

The Brazilian recorder quartet Quinta Essentia Quarteto will tour the USA in May and June. Here is the schedule: May 20, Quinta Essential Quarteto. Quinta Essentia Quarteto 7:30 pm, Jewel Box Series at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL; May 21, 7:00 pm, at Pierce Chapel, Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL; May 22, 7:30 pm, at Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Iowa State University, 2427 Union Dr., Ames, IA; May 23... 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

The winner of the 58th annual GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Album is Brazilian jazz pianist, Grammy Award winner. GRAMMY® Award winner singer and composer Eliane Elias and her Concord Jazz release Made in Brazil. On the album—the first she's recorded in Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981— Elias wears many hats: producer, composer, lyricist, arranger, pianist and vocalist. Along with co-producers, Steve Rodby and Marc Johnson, her bass playing musical partner, Elias recruited a stellar cast of Brazilian musicians... 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

A Brazilian musician wrote asking us to publicize the current political crisis in Brazil. Here is his message: "Brazil is living a huge political crisis that can drive us back to the dark times, without Brazilian Flag. civil rights and decrease of workers benefits and rights. We can even dive into a civil war depending of the result of this process. The right wing politicians, most of them accused of corruption, are trying to take down the democratic government of president Dilma Roussef, an honored person pursued, arrested and tortured in the dictatorship era after the military intervention in 1964... Read more

Here are 117 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Professor Cunningham and his Old School, The Rhythm Method; Fred Fried, Core Four & More; The Dave Flippo Trio,
The Rhythm Method CD cover. Core Four & More CD cover. Life on Mars CD cover.
Life on Mars; Fahir Atakoğlu, Live at Umbria Jazz; Manhattan Camerata, Tango Fado Project; Fernando Huergo, Hashtag; Letizia Gambi, Blue Monday; Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace with La Orquesta Sinfonietta, Canto América; Sultans of Swing with Anwar Khurshid, Subcontinental Drift; The Dave Stryker/Steve Slagle Band (Expanded), Routes; Karrin Allyson, Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein; Ramana Vieira, 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;... 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 370 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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