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Welcome! We've added a new recommended album to our Beyond Brazil section. It's Arkadia by Phil Brown & The New Arts Jazztet. We have all the details plus a sample track for you to enjoy. That section now features 66 albums, nearly all with sample tracks, including these recent additions: Marc Pompe's Monk's Dream, the double album Salsa de la Bahia, Vol. 2: Hoy y Ayer, and James Leary's Together. A new index for that section improves navigation, so you can quickly find what you're looking for. We've added three albums to our Audio Archives: Pixinguinha + Benedito by Mário Sève and David Ganc, Lenine by the artist of the same name, and Hamilton de Holanda's Íntimo. Go to our Audio Archives section to listen to extended features on 115 Brazilian albums—and much more, including 35 Beyond Brazil sample tracks. Brazilian People by Phil DeGreg & Brasilia tops our New Releases section which has details and sample tracks from 80 Brazilian albums including the double album Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio, Bebel Gilberto's Tudo, and Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso's Segunda Vez. Thank you for stopping by. Please take a few minutes to explore the many offerings of this website. As always, if you like what you find, we hope you'll tell your friends about it.

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

 Birthday Sketches
Sept. 16, 1921 – Jon Hendricks
Sept. 16, 1925 – Charlie Byrd
Sept. 18, 1954 – Jovino Santos Neto
Sept. 22, 1945 – Gonzaguinha
Sept. 22, 1950 – Paulo Bellinati
Sept. 26, 1945 – Gal Costa
Sept. 26, 1957 – Mário Adnet
Sept. 26, 1980 – Rafael Barata
Sept. 28, 1942 – Tim Maia
Oct. 1, 1902 – Isaías Sávio
Oct. 2, 1947 – Antonio Adolfo
Oct. 3, 1915 – Orlando Silva
Oct. 3, 1965 – Adriana Calcanhotto
Oct. 4, 1944 – Eddie Gomez
Oct. 8, 1863 – Catullo da Paixão Cearense
Oct. 8, 1929 – Paulinho Nogueira
Oct. 11, 1908 – Cartola
Oct. 11, 1936 – Tom Zé
Oct. 13, 1927 – Lee Konitz
Oct. 19, 1913 – Vinícius de Moraes
Oct. 21, 1917 – Dizzie Gillespie
Oct. 22, 1928 – Clare Fischer
Oct. 23, 1945 – Ernie Watts
Oct. 24, 1956 – Odair Assad
Oct. 28, 1911 – Nelson Cavaquinho
Oct. 29, 1926 – Zoot Sims
Oct. 29, 1940 – Sergio Augusto
Oct. 30, 1947 – Tutty Moreno
Oct. 31, 1937 – Claudette Soares
Oct. 31, 1962 – Raphael Rabello
Nov. 2, 1883 – João Pernambuco
Nov. 5, 1931 – Sebastião Neto
Nov. 7, 1903 – Ary Barroso
Nov. 12, 1941 – João Nogueira
Nov. 12, 1943 – Claudio Slon
Nov. 12, 1964 – Cristina Azuma
Nov. 15, 1956 – Celso Fonseca

Because of commitments to other projects, we have stopped writing new birthday sketches. Thus, the names listed above do not have links to sketches. We hope to resume this feature at a later date.

Phil DeGreg & Brasilia, Brazilian People
Brazilian People CD cover.
01 – Valley of the river
02 – A felicidade
03 – Fresh biscuits
04 – Ano novo (New year)
05 – Brazilian people
06 – A Yankee in Brazil
07 – Café com pão
08 – On Lia's island, in Rosa's boat
09 – Double rainbow
10 – Triste
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Ricardo Silveira with Vanessa Rodrigues and Rafael Barata,
Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio
Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio CD cover.
Disc 1 Tracks – Studio
01 – Cochise
02 – A historia de Lily Braun
03 – A medida do meu coração
04 – Batucada
05 – Canto de Ossanha
06 – Memphis underground
07 – No regrets
08 – Reflexões
09 – Amazon river

Disc 2 Tracks – Live
01 – Samba e amor
02 – Body and soul
03 – Polo pony
04 – Francesa
05 – You don't know what love is
06 – One-eyed monster
07 – Eu e a brisa
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Bebel Gilberto, Tudo
Tudo CD cover.
01 – Somewhere else
02 – Nada não
03 – Tom de voz
04 – Novas ideias
05 – Harvest moon
06 – Tudo
07 – Saudade vem correndo
08 – Areia
09 – Tout est bleu
10 – Lonely in my heart
11 – Vivo sonhando
12 – Inspiração
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Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, Segunda Vez
Segunda Vez CD cover.
01 – Bole bole
02 – Simplicidade
03 – Alumiando
04 – É do que há
05 – Mistura e manda
06 – Sensível
07 – Quiera-me bem
08 – Sete estrelas
09 – Murmurando
10 – Uma noite no Sumaré
11 – Paraíso
12 – Tenebroso
13 – Evocação de Jacob
14 – Flores
15 – Cine Baronesa
16 – Sonhando
17 – Bola preta
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Sherie Julianne, 10 Degrees South
10 Degrees South CD cover.
01 – Bananeira
02 – Watch what happens
03 – O pato
04 – Bonita
05 – Brasil nativo
06 – A rã
07 – Encontro
08 – Painting
09 – Maracatu, nação do amor (April child)
10 – O barquinho (Little boat)
11 – The look of love
12 – So many stars
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Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov,
Junity Duo & Quartet
Junity Duo & Quartet CD cover.
01 – Blackbird
02 – Luiza
03 – Lady bear's lullaby
04 – Junity
05 – Norwegian wood
06 – Olena
07 – Pent up house
08 – Ruby, my dear
09 – Menina na janela
10 – West coast blues
11 – Scriabin
12 – Close enough for love
13 – Etude Op. 2, No. 1 [Scriabin]
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Plus...

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 Laura Dreyer Brazilian Jazz Ensemble will give a CD Laura Dreyer. Laura Dreyer release performance Oct. 22 at Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd St. (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets), in Greenwich Village, New York City. There will be two sets beginning at 6:30 and 8:00 pm. The $20 cover charge includes a free copy of the ensemble's new album... Read more

Sérgio Mendes has released a new album Magic. Sérgio Mendes' Magic entitled Magic on Sony Music Entertainment's OKeh Records label. Each track features another artist along with Mendes. The tracks and featured performers are: Simbora (Let's Go...) (Carlinhos Brown), My My My My Love (will.i.am and Cody Wise), Don't Say Goodbye (John Legend), Sou Eu (Seu Jorge), When I Fell in Love (Gracinha Leporace),... Read more

Here are 66 albums we recommend from the world of music
beyond Brazil: 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; Barbara Ween, Detour Ahead; Perry Beekman, Bewitched: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Rodgers & Hart; Kate Ross, People Make the World Go Round; Mary Anne Anderson with Doug MacDonald, Rendezvous; Sharon Marie Cline, This is Where I Wanna Be; Judy Philbin and Adam Levine, Keeping It Simple;... 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 more than 350 bands and musicians, listed in alphabetical order by first name.
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Here are links to the websites of 118 record labels, listed in alphabetical order.
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