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A Night at the Blue Note, Rio with Antonio Adolfo and Bossa Nova legend Carlos Lyra


Antonio Adolfo performs at The Blue Note in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Nov. 11. (Photo: Alexandre Moreira)

Although he may look more like a professor or kindly physician, Antonio Adolfo is, in reality, a killer pianist/arranger and master of samba jazz. In early November, the beginning of summer in Brazil, I went to the beautiful new Blue Note in Rio de Janeiro to get my samba fix.  Adolfo led a septet that features some of the finest jazz musicians in Brazil. And then he introduced his guest, one of the great Bossa Nova singer/songwriters, Carlos Lyra. My story in DownBeat.


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Bossa Nova Pioneer Carlos Lyra Returns to the U.S. After 50 Years

Carlos Lyra at Birdland, NYC, May 29, 2015 (photo: Jack Vartoogian)

Brazilian popular music is so rich as to constitute a parallel universe to the American Songbook.  And in that universe, no songwriters shine more brightly than Carlos Lyra and Marcos Valle, both of whom appeared at last week’s “BossaBrasil” festival at Birdland. Lyra was making a triumphant return to the U.S. stage after an absence of 50 years.  My review is now posted at

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