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Welcome! Big Boss, the ZOHO Music debut album by guitarist Charlie Apicella and his band Iron City, is our latest recommendation in our Beyond Brazil section. We have all the details plus a sample track. That section now features 53 albums, nearly all with sample tracks, including these recent additions: Barbara Ween's Detour Ahead, Perry Beekman's Bewitched, Kate Ross' People Make the World Go Round, Rendezvous by Mary Anne Anderson with Doug MacDonald, and Sharon Marie Cline's This is Where I Wanna Be. We've added two more albums to our Audio Archives: the Marcos Amorim Trio's Cris on the Farm and Curumin's Achados e Perdidos. That section has extended features on 112 Brazilian albums—plus many more special features to listen to. Be sure to check it out. Topping our New Releases section is Fabiana Passoni's EP disc, Let Your Love Rise. We have details and a sample track from that album and 73 others, including Benjamim Taubkin's Al Qantara/ The Bridge, Clarice Assad's Imaginarium, and Trio Três Pontos's self-titled album. Thanks for stopping by. We hope you'll take the time to explore the many features of this website. If you like what you find, please tell your friends about it. Thank you!

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
June 16, 1945 – Ivan Lins
June 17, 1939 – Geraldo Ribeiro
June 17, 1946 – Arthur Verocai
June 18, 1946 – Maria Bethânia
June 19, 1944 – Chico Buarque
June 19, 1955 – Edelton Gloeden
June 21, 1932 – Lalo Schifrin
June 21, 1950 – Almir Chediak
June 21, 1952 – Kimson Plaut
June 22, 1936 – Hermeto Pascoal
June 28, 1915 – Garoto
June 29, 1946 – Gilberto Gil
June 29, 1960 – Tony Bellotto
July 1, 1946 – Alceu Valença
July 1, 1967 – Marisa Monte
July 6, 1948 – Toquinho
July 8, 1948 – Márcio Montarroyos
July 16, 1920 – Elizeth Cardoso
July 16, 1923 – Bola Sete
July 16, 1925 – Cal Tjader
July 17, 1928 – Vince Guaraldi
July 22, 1928 – Keter Betts
July 26, 1926 – Moacir Santos
July 27, 1960 – Marcos Sacramento
July 27, 1962 – Karrin Allyson
July 28, 1957 – Tadeu do Amaral
July 28, 1965 – Daniela Mercury
July 30, 1941 – Rosinha de Valença
July 31, 1902 – Carlos Cachaça
Aug. 1, 1941 – Ney Matogrosso
Aug. 2, 1944 – Naná Vasconcelos
Aug. 3, 1925 – Dom Um Romão
Aug. 5, 1941 – Airto Moreira
Aug. 6, 1910 – Adoniran Barbosa
Aug. 6, 1937 – Baden Powell
Aug. 6, 1956 – Joaquim Freire
Aug. 6, 1957 – Hendrik Meurkens
Aug. 7, 1942 – Caetano Veloso
Aug. 7, 1956 – Sharon Isbin
Aug. 9, 1942 – Jack DeJohnette
Aug. 10, 1956 – Fafá de Belém
Aug. 12, 1943 – Clara Nunes
Aug. 13, 1954 – Nico Assumpção

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.

Fabiana Passoni, Let Your Love Rise
Let Your Love Rise CD cover.
01 – Let your love rise (radio)
02 – Let your love rise
03 – I feel good
04 – Jazzman
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Benjamim Taubkin, Al Qantara/ The Bridge
Al Qantara/ The Bridge CD cover.
01 – O deserto é aqui
02 – Hamdouchia
03 – Salsabile
04 – Berma sosanbi/ Adeus meu lírio verde
05 – Variação em temas tradicionais
06 – Hijaz
07 – Quilombo
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Clarice Assad, Imaginarium
Imaginarium CD cover.
01 – De perna pro Ar
02 – Pássaros
03 – Tempestade
04 – Fantasia
05 – Da imaginação
06 – Perto do luar
07 – Revolta das flores
08 – A morte da flor
09 – Lachrimae
10 – Why?
11 – Dedezinha de maiô
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Trio Três Pontos, Três Pontos...
Três Pontos CD cover.
01 – Sp 1
02 – Sp 2
03 – Choro no 7
04 – 7 de junho com minha mãe
05 – Palavras para o meu amor
06 – E tudo começou com um cururu
07 – Frebossa
08 – A volta
09 – Em pratos limpos
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Antonio Adolfo, Rio, Choro, Jazz...
Rio, Choro, Jazz... CD cover.
01 – Rio, choro, jazz
02 – Feitiço (Enchantment)
03 – Brejeiro (Bucolic)
04 – Fon-fon
05 – Tenebroso (Tenebrous)
06 – Não caio noutra (Better next time)
07 – Coração que sente (Sensitive heart)
08 – Cuéra (Valiant)
09 – Nenê (Baby)
10 – Odeon
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Plus...

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

Performances
The Sons of Brasil have two July gigs in Kansas City, Missouri: The Sons of Brasil. The Sons of Brasil July 3, 7:00-11:00 pm, at The Broadway Jazz Club, 36th and Broadway; and July 19, 4:00-7:00 pm, Strings on the Green summer concert series at The Raphael Hotel, 325 Ward Parkway. Members of the band are Stan Kessler (trumpet and flugelhorn), Roger Wilder (piano),... Read more

Opportunities
Samba Meets Jazz Workshops has announced its summer workshops in Bar Harbor, Nilson Matta. Nilson Matta Maine. Samba Meets Jazz – Bar Harbor will offer two week-long summer workshops in July, hosted by College of the Atlantic on Frenchman's Bay, just steps from the entrance to Acadia National Park. This year's workshops—one for singers and instrumentalists and one just for instrumentalists—will include faculty artists Arturo O'Farrill, Claudio Roditi, Harry Allen, Café Fernando Saci, Claudia Villela, and more artists... Read more

Here are 53 albums we recommend from the world of music
beyond Brazil: Charlie Apicella & Iron City's Big Boss; Barbara Ween's Detour Ahead; Perry Beekman's Bewitched; Kate Ross' People Make the World Go Round; Rendezvous by Mary Anne Anderson with Doug MacDonald; Sharon Marie Cline's This is Where I Wanna Be; Keeping It Simple by Judy Philbin and Adam Levine; Carol Fredette's No Sad Songs for Me; Mike Bardash Quintet's Polygon; Janice Borla Group's Promises to Burn; Adam Smale's Out of the Blue; The Larry Gelb Trio's The Love Song of Ian Ops; Barbara Levy Daniel's Love Lost and Found; Hr. Ho's Orchestrotica Quartet's Where Here Meets There; Francesca Simone's Playground; Professor Cunningham & his Old School's self-titled album; Alí Bello's Connection Caracas – New York; Salsa de la Bahia, Vol. 1; Arturo O'Farrill and The Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra's Final Night at Birdland; and many more... 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 350 bands and musicians, listed in alphabetical order by first name.
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Here are links to the websites of 115 record labels, listed in alphabetical order.
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