Category Archives: Marcos Valle

An Array of New Brazilian Sounds (DownBeat “Beyond” column, Oct 2019)

Delia Fischer, Rio-based singer-songwriter/pianist

Six albums of Brazilian jazz and música popular brasileira illustrate more than the country’s musical diversity: They demonstrate how Brazil’s best songwriters and musicians—marinated in older forms like samba, choro, and bossa nova—are finding new ways to use that heritage to create fresh pop, rock and jazz.  Read about Delia Fischer, Marcos Valle, Banda Black Rio, Antonio Adolfo, and two others here.


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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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Filed under Bossa Nova, Brazilian music, Carlos Lyra, Marcos Valle, Music Writing and Clips

Two Bossa Nova Masters Meet at Birdland


Marcos Valle at Birdland (photo: Fran Kaufman)

Two of the founders of Brazil’s Bossa Nova movement (and it was a movement), Marcos Valle and Roberto Menescal appeared together in NYC for the first time recently.  Even if you don’t know their names, I’ll bet you know some of their tunes. Just got around to posting my review from

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June 20, 2014 · 11:05 am