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Welcome! Nicole's new album of Jewish music re-imagined as Brazilian song, Raízes/Roots, tops our New Releases section. We have all the details plus a sample track from her CD and 90 others including these recent additions: Hamilton de Holanda's World of Pixinguinha; Phill Fest's That's What She Says; Sounds of Life by Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup and Benjamim Taubkin; and the Duduka Da Fonseca Trio's Jive Samba. We've also added two new jazz albums to our Beyond Brazil section: Dawan Muhammad's Consider the Source and Frankye Kelly's Swingin' Blue. We have complete information and a sample track from each. Other albums recently added to that section include Pedro Giraudo Big Band's Cuentos; Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band's Low Ridin'; Dave Stryker's Messin' with Mister T; Rachel Caswell's All I Know: Duets with Dave Stryker & Jeremy Allen; and Color Country by Kevin Stout and Brian Booth, bringing that section's total to 85 albums, nearly all with sample tracks. Finally, we've to added two albums our Audio Archives section: Dave Pietro's Embrace: Jazz Impressions of Brazil and Muiza Adnet Sings Moacir Santos. With those additions, you can now listen to extended features on 137 Brazilian albums—and much more, including musical tributes, interviews and special features. 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, 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
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

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

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
May 17, 1963 – Gerhard Hetzendorfer
May 18, 1954 – Jaques Morelenbaum
May 19, 1929 – Johnny Alf
May 21, 1962 – Roberto Frejat
May 23, 1908 – Sílvio Caldas
May 23, 1928 – Rosemary Clooney
May 24, 1958 – David Ganc
May 25, 1926 – Miles Davis
May 26, 1930 – Sivuca
May 27, 1926 – Bud Shank
May 28, 1913 – Cyro Monteiro
May 28, 1946 – Cláudio Roditi
May 31, 1948 – Paulinho da Costa
June 1, 1941 – Robertinho Silva
June 4, 1948 – Paquito D'Rivera
June 5, 1941 – Erasmo Carlos
June 5, 1948 – Sérgio Abreu
June 9, 1943 – Kenny Barron
June 10, 1931 – João Gilberto
June 10, 1950 – Guinga
June 13, 1963 – Julie Koidin

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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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.
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
The Brazilian jazz band Sambeleza will perform May 2 at Samba Fest 2015 in Mortesen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford, CT. Admission is free. Members of the band are Isabella Mendes (vocals and piano), Joe Carter (guitar), Jeff Fuller (bass and vocals), Tim Moran (woodwinds), and Ben Bilello (drums)... Read more

Brazilian pianist and flutist Jovino Santos Neto has May performances scheduled in Denver, Toronto, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Maucha Adnet. Maucha Adnet He'll be in Denver on May 3, appearing with singer Maucha Adnet and guitarist Romero Lubambo at Baur's Listening Lounge, 1512 Curtis St. The matinee performance begins at 3:00 pm and the evening performance begins at 7:00 pm. For more information, Baur's Listening Lounge's website is Jovino Santos Neto. Jovino Santos Neto On May 13 and 14, 8:00 pm, The Jovino Santos Neto Trio will perform at The Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., Toronto. The other members of the trio are Jamey Haddad (drums) and Roberto Occhipinti (bass). They will be joined by special guest Luanda Jones on vocals. For more information, The Jazz Bistro's website is On May 15, 8:15-9:45 pm, Jovino Santos Neto and Friends will perform in... Read more

The Ali Ryerson - Joe Carter Duo, featuring Ali Ryerson on flutes and Joe Carter on guitar, Ali Ryerson. Ali Ryerson has two performances scheduled in May. The Duo will perform May 7, 6:00-8:00 pm for an Evening of Arts & Culture at Robbins Middle School, 20 Wolf Pit Rd., Farmington, CT. Admission is free. The phone number for more information is (860) 677-2683. The Duo will also perform May 30, 7:00-8:30 pm, at 226 Java Art Jazz, 226 Broad St., Windsor, CT... 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

The Assad Brothers, Brazilian classical guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad, Assad Brothers. Assad Brothers are touring the USA in May, performing in New York, Minnesota and California. Here's the tour schedule:

May 9, 8:00 pm, with special guests violinist Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg and trumpet and flugelhorn player Paquito d'Rivera at the 92nd Street Y, New York City; May 10, 4:00 pm, at Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, St. Paul, Minnesota; May 14... Read more

The Sons of Brasil have two May performances scheduled in Kansas City: May 8, 4:00-7:00 pm, Strings on the Green The Sons of Brasil. The Sons of Brasil at the Raphael Hotel, 325 Ward Parkway; and May 15, 7:00-11:00 pm, at Louie's Wine Dive, 7100 Wornall Rd. Members of the band are Stan Kessler (trumpet and flugelhorn), Roger Wilder (piano), Danny Embrey (guitar), Greg Whitfield (bass), Doug Auwarter (drums) and Gary Helm (percussion)... Read more

The Laura Volpintesta - Joe Carter Duo, Joe Carter. Joe Carter featuring Laura Volpintesta on vocals and Joe Carter on guitar, will perform a bossa nova brunch May 17, 12:30-2:30 pm, at The Funky Monkey Cafe & Gallery, 130 Elm St., Cheshire, CT. There's a $10 music charge... Read more

Jazz harmonica and vibraphone player Hendrik Meurkens has a series of performances lined up for May. Here's the schedule: May 19, Hendrik Meurkens. Hendrik Meurkens sets at 8:30 and 10:30 pm, at Bar Next Door, 129 MacDougal St., New York City. Besides Hendrik on harmonica, the band features Misha Tsiganov on piano and Chris Berger on bass. May 22, 7:30-9:00 pm, at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle, WA. The band includes Antonio Adolfo on piano, Tim Carey on bass, and Jeff Busch drums, with special guests to be announced. May 23 at the 2nd annual Plymouth Rock Assurance Jazz Fest at Plymouth Spire Center for Performing Arts... Read more

Here are 85 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Dawan Muhammad, Consider the Source; Frankye Kelly, Swingin' Blue; Pedro Giraudo Big Band, Cuentos; Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band, Low Ridin';
Consider the Source CD cover. Swingin' Blue CD cover. Cuentos CD cover.
Dave Stryker, Messin' with Mister T; Rachel Caswell, All I Know: Duets with Dave Stryker and Jeremy Allen; Kevin Stout & Brian Booth, Color Country; Pascalito Neostalgia Trio, Citizen Chanteur Live in NYC; Pascalito Neostalgia Quartet, Forbidden Colours Live Bennett Session; Hot Club of the Americas, Federico Britos presents Hot Club of the Americas; Dawan Muhammad/Billy Higgins Sextet, Smoke Signal; Calvin Keys, Close Enough for Love; V-A Virginia Schenck, Interior Notions; Alex Conde, Descarga for Monk; The Phil Chester Group, Open Door Samba; Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet with Richie Cole, Vocal Madness; Tom Graf, Smokin'; Jason Paul Curtis with Swinglab & Swing Machine, Lovers Holiday;... 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 363 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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