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Welcome! We've added two albums to our New Releases section: Copa Village by Carol Saboya, Antonio Adolfo, and Hendrik Meurkens, and Caprichos by Hamilton de Holanda. We have full details plus sample tracks from those albums and 84 others, including Flying Over Rio by Harry Allen's All-Star Brazilian Band, Laura Dreyer's Vida. Arte. Amor., Samba Little Samba by Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens, and SpokFrevo Orquestra's Ninho de Vespa. We've also added two albums to our Beyond Brazil section: Alex Conde's Descarga for Monk and The Phil Chester Group's Open Door Samba. You can read about the albums and listen to a sample track from each. That section now features 72 albums, nearly all with sample tracks to give you a taste of the music. Recent additions include Vocal Madness by the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet with Richie Cole, Tom Graf's Smokin', and Lovers Holiday by Jason Paul Curtis with Swinglab and Swing Machine. Don't miss our Audio Archives section where you can hear extended features on 126 Brazilian albums—and much more, including 35 Beyond Brazil sample tracks. We recently added features on Tecnicolor by Os Mutantes, Maria Bethânia Sings the Vinícius de Moraes Songbook, and Philippe Baden Powell's Estrada de Terra/ Dirt Road. Thank you 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, we hope you'll tell your friends about it. Thank you!

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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
Dec. 17, 1944 – Carlos Barbosa-Lima
Dec. 21, 1924 – Altamiro Carrilho
Dec. 23, 1966 – Badi Assad
Dec. 25, 1949 – Simone
Dec. 26, 1952 – Sérgio Assad
Dec. 31, 1947 – Rita Lee
Jan. 4, 1946 – Susannah McCorkle
Jan. 11, 1952 – Lee Ritenour
Jan. 12, 1946 – George Duke
Jan. 13, 1929 – Joe Pass
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

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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Gabriel Espinosa & Hendrik Meurkens, Samba Little Samba
Samba Little Samba CD cover.
01 – Samba little samba
02 – A song for Ray
03 – A night in Jakarta
04 – Besame mucho
05 – Choro da neve
06 – Fe
07 – Give me five
08 – Ocean lights
09 – Encuentro Maya
10 – Euro 12
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Plus...

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

From 2013
Miguel de León, Natal
Ricardo Silveira & Vinicius Cantuária, RSVC
Ricardo Silveira & Roberto Taufic, Atlânticos
Pedro Martins, Dreaming High
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio, New Samba Jazz Directions
Daniella Alcarpe, O Tempo Salta
Dendê & Banda, Back to Bahia
Hamilton de Holanda & André Mehmari, GismontiPascoal
Benjamim Taubkin & Adriano Adewale, The Vortex Sessions
Cristina Braga, Samba, Jazz and Love
Rodrigo Garcia Lopes, Canções do Estúdio Realidade
Carlos Machado, Longe
Grupo FATO, Da Tamancalha ao Sampler
Jovino Santos Neto, Piano Master Series, Vol. 4
Carlos Careqa, Made in China
Maucha Adnet & Helio Alves, Milagre
Mario Adnet, Amazonia: On the Forest Trail
Nilson Matta, Nilson Matta's Black Orpheus

From 2012
Fabiana Passoni, Dim the Lights
Ricardo Silveira, Storyteller
Weber Iago, Piano Masters Series, Vol. 3
Grażyna Auguścik & Paulinho Garcia, Beatles Nova
Various, Adventure Music 10
Joe Carter, Both Sides of the Equator
Carol Saboya, Belezas
Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet, Jequibau
Brazilian Trio, Constelação
Veronneau, Jazz Samba Project
Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto, Brasilianos 3
Dendê & Hãhãhães, Bahia de Todos os Santos
Philippe Baden Powell, Piano Masters Series, Vol. 2
Clarice Assad, Home
Hendrik Meurkens & Gabriel Espinosa, Celebrando
Wady Issa Fernandes, Dessambando
Various, Brazilian Beat
Laura Dreyer, Free Flying Bird

From 2011
Mario Adnet, More Jobim Jazz
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, Current
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio, Plays Toninho Horta
Hendrik Meurkens, Live at Bird's Eye
Antonio Adolfo, Chora Baião
Delia Fischer, Saudações Egberto
Yamandú Costa & Hamilton de Holanda, Live!
Various, Red Hot + Rio 2
Pagode Jazz Sardinha's Club, Cidade Mestiça
Luciano Antonio, Vida de Artista
Fabiana Passoni, Naturalmente Brasil
André Vasconcellos, 2
Sergio Mendes, Celebration: A Musical Journey
Patty Ascher, Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba
Carlos Careqa, Alma Boa de Lugar Nenhum
Ark Ovrutski Quintet, Sounds of Brasil
Luiz Simas, Mata Atlântica Piano Suite
Pascalito, Neostalgia
Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-Lobos
Various, Bossa Nova Around the World
Mark Weinstein, Jazz Brasil
Mente Clara, São Benedito
Kathleen Kolman, Dream On
Edu Puperi Quarteto, Toca Aí Meu!
Scott Anderson, Music from the Quiet
Zé da Velha/ Silvério Pontes, Samba Instrumental
Trio Macaíba, Na Trilha do Pé Serra
Chico César, Francisco Forró y Frevo
Trovadores Urbanos, Amor Até o Fim
Jerry+Croa, Atlântida Pantanal

The Sons of Brasil have two performances this month in the Kansas City area: Jan. 30, 8:00-10:30 pm, The Sons of Brasil. The Sons of Brasil at Take Five Coffee Bar, 6601 W. 135th St., Suite A21, Overland Park, Kansas, $5 cover charge; and Jan. 31, 7:00-11:00 pm, at Chaz Restaurant and Lounge in The Raphael Hotel, 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri. Members of the band are Stan Kessler (trumpet and flugelhorn), Roger Wilder (piano), Danny Embrey (guitar), Greg Whitfield (bass)... Read more

Here are 72 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Alex Conde, Descarga for Monk; The Phil Chester Group, Open Door Samba; Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet with Richie Cole, Vocal Madness; Tom Graf, Smokin';
Descarga for Monk CD cover. Open Door Samba CD cover. Vocal Madness CD cover.
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!; Dawan Muhammad, Preachin to the Choir; Ann Reynolds and Clave Gringa, Para Cuba Con Amor; Dee Bell and Marcos Silva, Silva • Bell • Elation; Alex García's AfroMantra, This Side of Mestizaje; Jason Paul Curtis, Faux Bourgeois Café; Charlie Apicella & Iron City, Big Boss;... 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 nearly 360 bands and musicians, listed in alphabetical order by first name.
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Here are links to the websites of 119 record labels, listed in alphabetical order.
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