Tag Archives: Bossa Nova
Clara Moreno is the daughter of the Bossa Nova stars Joyce Moreno (universally known in Brazil as just Joyce) and bandleader/composer Nelson Angelo. More to the point, she is a terrific samba singer. Her 7th album, Samba Esquema Novo (De Novo) (translation: “New Style Samba—Again”) on the U.K.’s Far Out Records, re-imagines a seminal 1963 album (Samba Esquema Novo) by the influential singer-songwriter Jorge Ben. He’s the guy who wrote the international hit “Mas Que Nada” (see Clara’s version below). If all this sounds a bit esoteric to you, I guarantee the rhythm will get you where you live. Here’s a “Players” profile I did about Clara from the November 2016 issue of DownBeat. You can find the album here.
The sell-out crowd on April 23 was there for a heady dose of saudade for Brazil, and Gil, accompanying himself on guitar, delivered. My concert review in DownBeat
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 DownBeat.com.
RT @jazztimes: Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo at NYC’s Jazz Standard – my review in Jazz Times http://t.co/vtHYR0b4
Luciana Souza and producer/husband Larry Klein discuss her two new albums, “The Book of Chet” and “Duos III,” their music, their marriage and much more in this interview published in the October 2012 DownBeat. You can read it here.
I recently traveled to L.A. to interview the wonderful singer/composer Luciana Souza – and her equally brilliant producer-husband Larry Klein – for a feature story in DownBeat. The article will preview two new albums to be released simultaneously in late August.
Friday’s sold-out ‘BossaBrazil’ show at Birdland included a tribute to Astrud Gilberto’s landmark recording of “The Girl From Ipanema,” which is approaching its 50th anniversary. At Birdland it was sung impeccably by the Brazilian bossa nova star Paula Morelenbaum, who shared the bill with another Brazilian great, keyboardist/songwriter Marcos Valle. Before the gig, I had lunch with Atlanta composer/arranger Bill Broadfoot & Paula (see photo); the two are collaborating on a new version of another Astrud song, “Only Trust Your Heart.”
Check this out — the internationally acclaimed Brazilian music artist Paula Morelenbaum will headline a Brazilian music festival at Birdland in NYC, April 24-28. And I get to meet her… because she’s the featured vocalist on “Only Trust Your Heart,” the first single release by my talented client, Atlanta bossa nova composer/arranger Bill Broadfoot and his band Rustic Materials. Paula and her husband, cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, toured and recorded with Antonio Carlos Jobim for a decade before the duo became major ambassadors of Brazilian music to the world. Jaques also appears on “Only Trust Your Heart.” See more info about the Birdland gig below…
Delta Air Lines Presents BOSSABRASIL Festival 2012 featuring Marcos Valle and Paula Morelenbaum
and Guest Vocalist Paula Morelenbaum
Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta
Paula Morelenbaum is one of Brazil’s most celebrated singers. After 10 years with Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Band she continued to explore the Bossa legacy with numerous recordings, one with her husband critically acclaimed cellist Jacques Morelenbaum and Jobim’s son Paulo and his grandson Daniel. She received international acclaim in the Trio Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto which featured the prominent Composer and Pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto. The NY Times said their performance at Carnegie Hall “…delivered Jobim’s songs with a sense of almost holy rapture.”
Marcos Valle and Paula Morelenbaum will be accompanied by vocalist Patricia Alvi, bassist Itaiguara Brandao, drummer Renato “Massa” Calmon, trumpeter Jesse Sadoc, Jorge Continentino (sax and flute) and Paul Meyers (guitar).