Today marks the 93rd year since the birth of American jazz singer Nat King Cole, who died at the relatively young age of 45. His soft baritone voice is unlike any heard before or after him and his countless songs throughout his short but very celebrated career have provided a large number of classics.
Bossa nova smooth and calming effect is one that could go well with a spiritual or religious message and that is exactly what Musician, Marco Esch is utilizing in his latest project "Bossa E Paz." Despite, enduring hardships, both financial and emotional, Esch has maintained a positive outlook on life and he certainly feels that a belief in God is central to this. With his latest album he hopes to spread "the word" in a format rarely attempted; bossa nova.
As carnival in Brazil continues, so too do the tributes to Vinicius De Moraes. Throughout his career the musician and poet made several iconic works of art and probably his most renowned work is "The Girl from Ipanema," which he wrote the original lyrics to.
The Grammy awards have now all been given out and Belgian musician Goyte walked away with Record of the year for his super hit, “Somebody that I used to know.” This would have not come as a surprise to many as his song enjoyed remarkable critical and commercial success last year and was always a favorite. What may come as a surprise though, is the fact that his initial inspiration for the song came from Luiz Bonfa’s 1967 song “Seville” from his albums “Luiz Bonfa plays beautiful music.” […]
Although Bossa Nova’s origins are rooted in the beach culture and neighborhoods of Rio, the music has found a home in contemporary London on the Far Out Recordings Label. […]
Hip Hop producer J Dilla sampled bossa nova for a song
On this day 7 years ago hip hop producer J Dilla died at the age of 32. Throughout his career he worked with a number of prominent artists and is widely regarded as one of the best hip hop producers ever. On this track entitled “Rico Suave Bossa Nova” he samples elements of bossa nova. The Brazilian band “Azymuth,” would later do a cover of this track. […]
Spike Lee upcoming film project to be feature bossa nova stars and will be shot in Brazil
Spike Lee is an American director whose movies often delve into the political and social aspects of North American life. In his upcoming documentary he sticks to the aforementioned tenets but changes his focus from the United States to south of the border: to Brazil. […]
Girl From Ipanema ranked as the 9th greatest Jazz Vocal recording by fans and listeners in North America
Listeners of the jazz radio stations NPR Music, Jazz24.org and KPLU have recently voted for their favorite jazz vocal recordings of all time. Given it’s impact on jazz and its international popularity it was no surprise that Stan Getz’s and Astrud Gilberto’s, “Girl from Ipanema” was ranked 9th. […]
A special Exhibition has been planned to celebrate the life of the great poet and songwriter Vinicius de Moraes
The tributes and dedications continue for the great Brazilian icon Vinicius De Moares as the world celebrates a century since his birth. This time in the form of an audiovisual exhibit that has recently been announced. […]
Beauty Contest officials decide to honor Vinicius de Moraes
Vinicius De Moraes was many things: a poet, a singer-songwriter and playwright. Outside of the artistic realm he was known to be somewhat of a bohemian, with a great apatite for alcohol and a love for women. […]