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Welcome! We've added a new album to our Audio Archives section. Our feature on Marcos Valle's Jet-Samba was originally broadcast July 12, 2006. When you visit our Archives, you can listen to extended features on 174 Brazilian albums—plus interviews, memorial tributes and much more. We've also added a new jazz album to our Beyond Brazil section. It's Stanton Kessler's Skywatcher. We have complete information and a sample track. Our Beyond Brazil section now features 155 recommended albums from the world of music beyond Brazil—nearly all with sample tracks. Recent additions include Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933 by El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz; Steve Slagle's Dedication; the Kent Miller Quartet's Minor Step; Blanche Blacke's Out to Sea; and Bob Ferrel's Jazztopian Dream. The CD and DVD set Jobim: Orchestra & Guests by Mario Adnet and Paulo Jobim tops our New Releases section. We have details on the album and a sample track. Our New Releases section has full coverage and sample tracks from 120 Brazilian music albums. Recent additions include the Hamilton de Holanda Quintet's CD and DVD set, Casa de Bituca: The Music of Milton Nascimento; Oração para Amanhã (Prayer for Tomorrow) by the Roger Davidson Trio with Hendrik Meurkens; Paulinho Garcia's How Do You Keep the Music Playing?; and Antonio Adolfo's HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter. Thanks for stopping by. Please take a few minutes to explore some of this website's features (you can always return to this page by clicking on our logo at the top of every page). Once again, 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
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

Mario Adnet & Paulo Jobim, Jobim: Orchestra & Guests [CD and DVD]
Jobim: Orchestra & Guests CD cover.
01 – Chega de saudade
02 – Águas de março
03 – Chovendo na roseira
04 – Boto
05 – Mantiqueira range
06 – Olha Maria
07 – Valse
08 – Desfinado
09 – Falando de amor
10 – O amor em paz
11 – Eu te amo
12 – Um certo Capitão Rodrigo
13 – O saci
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Hamilton de Holanda Quintet, Casa de Bituca:
The Music of Milton Nascimento
[CD and DVD]
Casa de Bituca: The Music of Milton Nascimento CD cover.
01 – Bicho homen
02 – Bola de meia, bola de gude
03 – Clube da esquina Nº 2
04 – Maria três filhos
05 – Mar da indiferença
06 – Ponta de Areia
07 – Saudades dos aviões da Panair
08 – Canção da América
09 – Vera Cruz
10 – Travessia

Bonus track
11 – Guerra e paz
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Roger Davidson Trio with Hendrik Meurkens, Oração para Amanhã
Oração para Amanhã CD cover.
01 – September samba
02 – Sonho da tarde
03 – Oração para amanhã
04 – Rio de Janeiro
05 – Saudades
06 – Tarde sonhadora
07 – Amor brasileiro
08 – O trem da vida
09 – Saudade do Brasil
10 – A escada
11 – Três estrelas
12 – O verão
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Paulinho Garcia, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
How Do You Keep the Music Playing? CD cover.
01 – How do you keep the music playing?
02 – As rosas não falam
03 – Cintura fina
04 – I'll be calling for Maria
05 – Adeus meus sonhos/ Adiós mis sueños
06 – Bolero de satã
07 – Palpite infeliz
08 – Feitiço da vila
09 – Canto de Ossanha
10 – Obsesión
11 – Tristeza/ A voz do morro
12 – Embraceable you
13 – Take five
14 – There'll never be another you
15 – You are my greatest friend
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Antonio Adolfo, HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter
HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter CD cover.
01 – Deluge
02 – Footprints
03 – Beauty and the beast
04 – Prince of darkness
05 – Black Nile
06 – Speak no evil
07 – E.S.P.
08 – Ana Maria
09 – Afrosamba
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Sandy Cressman, Entre Amigos
Entre Amigos CD cover.
01 – Como eu quero cantar (I just want to sing...)
02 – Here in your arms
03 – Não me acorde não (Don't wake me)
04 – Ela é (She is)
05 – Eu mais você (Me plus you)
06 – Para Hermeto (For Hermeto)
07 – Nossa história (Our story)
08 – Deixa o amor florescer (Let love flourish)
09 – Menina vai (Go girl!)
10 – Eu vou lembrar (I will remember)
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Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich, Cosmos
Cosmos CD cover.
01 – Get together
02 – Cosmos
03 – Valsa nova
04 – 9 to 1
05 – Bachianas brasileiras #5
06 – Northeast and west
07 – Reflections
08 – Outro Rio
09 – Carinhoso
10 – Kathy
11 – Sempre assim
12 – Stars
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Plus...

Clarice & Sergio Assad, Relíquia
Carla Hassett, +Blue
Marcos Amorim, Sea of Tranquility
Brazzamerica, Brazzamerica
Ricardo Bacelar, Concerto para Moviola/ Ao Vivo
Mark Isbell, Encontro
Renato Braz, saudade
Antonio Adolfo, Tropical Infinito
Carol Saboya, Carolina
Eduardo Belloni, Back to the Beginning
Cristina Braga & Brandenburger Symphoniker, Whisper
Paulinho Garcia & Friends, Aquarela
Daniela Mercury, Virtual Vinyl
Trio da Paz, 30
Various, Piano in the House
Cissa Paz, Cissa Paz
Catina DeLuna, Lado B Brazilian Project
Fato, Próximo
Michel Nirenberg, Retrato/Portrait
Sambeleza, Sambeleza Live!
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

Here are 84 more New Releases from 2011 to 2014. Click on a title to read about the album and listen to a sample track... Read more
Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet has a series of performances scheduled in Texas, Belo Horizonte, and São Paulo. Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet. Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet The quartet returns to Texas to perform selections from their wide repertoire. In celebration of QGQ's 25th anniversary, pianist James Dick will join the ensemble to perform the world premiere of Song of the Universal (after a poem by Walt Whitman) by Sergio Molina. The program also includes works by Astor Piazzolla, Ronaldo Miranda, Egberto Gismonti, Chrystian Dozza, and an homage to Leonard Bernstein celebrating the centenary of his birth. The concerts are: Mar. 1, 7:00 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Carter Creek Parkway, Bryan, TX. For more information... Read more

The Brazilian recorder quartet Quinta Essentia Quarteto will perform Mar. 10, 11:00 am, at Igreja Episcopal Quinta Essentia Quarteto. Quinta Essentia Quarteto Anglicana do Brasil, Praça Olavo Bilac 73, São Paulo. Members of the quartet are Gustavo de Francisco, Renata Pereira, Vinícius Chiaroni, and Erick Fernandez. For more information, visit www.cicloviamusical.com.br. Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet will perform the same day at 2:00 pm at the church. This is a great opportunity to hear both ensembles. Quinta Essentia Quarteto's website is www.quintaessentia.com.br.

The Chicago Choro Club hosts a monthly Roda de Choro (choro jam session) 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

2017 was the 25th anniversary of Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet. To mark the milestone, the group did a complete update of its website. Quaternaglia. Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet One of the goals of the new design is to be able to sustain more personalized interactions with audiences, friends, admirers, and the press. Among the features of the site is Quaternaglia 25, a series of 25 posts that recount the history of the group, from its origins in 1992 to its most recent activity. Each post is accompanied by a variety of bonus materials including photographs, scans of concert programs... 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 155 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Stanton Kessler, Skywatcher;
Skywatcher CD cover. Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933 CD cover. Dedication CD cover.
El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz, Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933; Steve Slagle, Dedication; The Kent Miller Quartet, Minor Step; Blanche Blacke, Out to Sea; Bob Ferrel, Bob Ferrel's Jazztopian Dream; Nestor Torres, Jazz Flute Traditions; Dave Stryker, Strykin' Ahead; Jen Siukola, Lighthouse Reverie; The Liberation Music Collective, Rebel Portraiture; Brent Laidler, No Matter Where Noir; Typhanie Monique, Call It Magic; Larry Newcomb Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli, Living Tribute; David Finck, Low Standards; Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack, The Harry Warren Songbook; Jim Buennig, It's Like This; Jihye Lee Orchestra, April; Chris Rogers, Voyage Home; Steve Slagle, Alto Manhattan; Misha, Dreaming With Eyes Wide Awake; Zarabande, El Toro; Greg Diamond, Avenida Graham; Albert Marquès Trio, Live in the South Bronx; Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Basically Baker Vol. 2;... 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 375 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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