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3009, 2012

Labelle Release “Tristeza de nos dois” – Sergio Mendes & Joao Gilberto

On September 18, 2012,  Labelle released “Tristeza de nos dois,” a compilation album of songs from Sergio Mendes and Joao Gilberto. It feature 24 songs ; each being performed by one of the two artists with  no collaboration between Mendes or Joao Gilberto throughout the album. It features bossa nova standards such as “Corcovado” and “Oba-la-la,” along with more obscure or lesser known songs. […]

3009, 2012

Bebel Gilberto performs at Herbst Theater

Today, bossa nova star Bebel Gilberto  continues her tour of the west coast of the United States with a  performance at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco as a part of ,”The Hope & Healing Concert to Benefit Familiar de la Raz.”

Notably, the show will be opened by local favorite Diana Gameros. The Young singer/songwriter is currently trying to fund her first full length album. Anyone interested in helping her  with a donation can do so here […]

2709, 2012

Andy Williams and his Bossa Nova Connection

Earlier this week, on  September 25, 2012, American entertainment icon Andy Williams died at age 84. He was a highly successful singer and TV personality starring in his very own “The Andy Williams Show” […]

2609, 2012

Bebel Gilberto Starts American Tour

Today bossa nova star Bebel Gilberto will begin her tour of the west coast of The United States of America. She commences with a visit to San Diego where she will be performing at the “Bellyup Tavern” on Solana beach at 8:00 pm. Tickets start at $36.00 and can be purchased here. […]

2609, 2012

Black Orpheus to be adapted to broadway

Black Orpheus was a 1959 film based on “Orfeu da Conceição” by bossa nova artist and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes.  The story is an adaptation of the Greek legend of of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in a contemporary historical period in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.  Notably the film feature a bossa nova soundtrack featuring pioneers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa.

Broadway producer Stephen C. Byrd, has acquired the rights to adapt the film to a Broadway  production and plans to have it shown during the 2013-2014 season. Byrd stated that he has enlisted two prominent Brazilian theater directors and writers to finish a script by the end of the year. In addition he confirmed that the Broadway production will retain the bossa nova soundtrack from the film. […]

2609, 2012

Ithamara Koorax to honor Gilberto

Brazilian jazz vocalist Ithamara Koorax will perform on the 28th and 29th of September at Ibirapuera Auditorium – Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral in Sao Paulo. The show is dedicated to the great musician  João Gilberto. It will see Ithamara perform many of his greatest hits such as Girl from Ipanema and Chega de Saudade. The show begins at 9pm and admission is $20. […]

2109, 2012

Art Garfunkel: Jobim, one of the great songwriters

Recently, American musician, poet and actor, Art Gunkfel, sat down for an interview with the Huffington post. He discussed his career and music and when asked about some of his favorite work, made mention of Antonio Carlos Jobim and his classic, “Waters of March.” He himself did a cover of the song in 1975 for his album”Breakway.” […]

2009, 2012

Cecilia Monte’s Farewell to Canada

Argentine-born Bossa Nova and jazz vocalist-songwriter Cecilia Monte performs at Toronto’s Chalkers Pubon Sunday, September 23 at 7:00PM for the final stop on her current Canadian tour. Cecilia performs jazz and Brazilian styles with four outstanding Canadian musicians – Howard Rees on bass, Alan Kingstone on guitar, Robert Rowe on piano and Richard Brisco on drums. […]

1909, 2012

Mauricio de Souza on Bossa Nova

Apart of the Kids Jazz Concert Series put on by the WBGO jazz radio station, Mauricio de Souza will give a talk on Bossa Nova. He will explain how American jazz influenced Brazilian music and how the two were combined to create the genre. Musicians will demonstrate how their instruments work and fit into the music. […]

1809, 2012

“A tribute to Caetano Veloso” to be released this October

Caetano Veloso is easily one of the most influential figures in Brazilian music and his career which has spanned several decades has been very celebrated. However, it seems 2012, the year he turns 70, is the year in which his life and career will be celebrated, like never before. Early this year he was named the Latin Grammy personality of the year for 2012 and in October an album dedicated to him will be released. […]