1901, 2013

R.I.P. Nara Leao

Rest In Piece to the, “Muse of Bossa Nova,” Nara Leao.

On what would have been her 73rd Birthday we would like to remember the influential singer Nara Leao, described as the “muse of bossa nova.”


1801, 2013

Can you hear it? Summer Samba – Danny!

Off his 2007 instrumental album Dream, fulfilled American hip hop artist and producer Danny! (remember the exclamation) expertly samples Joao Gilberto’s “Bolinha De Papel” to form his “Summer Samba”. Brilliant in its execution , you’ll have this one on replay. […]

1701, 2013

Lucy Ramos to honour Vinicius

Actress Lucy Ramos plays a role in Vinicius de Moraes Tribute.
The Brazilian samba school, “União da Ilha acaba” will have Vinicius de Moraes as their theme for Carnival 2013 and they have invited Brazilian actress and model, Lucy Ramos to be apart of this. Specifically, she will be on a float that will represent the play Orfeu da Conceição. […]

1701, 2013

Photos from Bebel Gilberto DVD recording

Photos by Studio Vidigal

1601, 2013

Dorris Day – Bossa Nova Bessie

With the movie award season now in full session, we remember the life of one of the most successful American singers and actresses of her generation and an unassuming bossa nova songstress, Dorris Day. […]

1401, 2013

Video: Moves Like Jagger (Bossa Version)

Marcela Mangabeira sings her bossa version of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.”
Anyone familiar with original song will remember the pulsating bass drum line and catchy whistle melody that doesn’t seem to leave the mind. In this bossa nova version by Marcela Mangabeira, the former is absent but the latter is re-worked as a flute. […]

1401, 2013

The Music of Stan Getz by The Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Bossa nova pioneer, Stan Getz, will be commemorated by members of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra this Thursday, January 17th. The show will begin at 6:30 in the The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie, Chicago. The price for entry is $30.00 for members of the museum and $40.00 for the general public. This is just one of a series of shows occurring during the orchestra’s 2012-2013 concert season. […]

1101, 2013

Album of the Week: Orfeu da Conceição – Vinicius De Moraes

Few have enjoyed such enduring recognition and appreciation for their culture and artistic contributions to their country as Vinicius De Moares has. Characteristic of his multifaceted career, Vinicius provided both the script for his play, “Orfeu da Conceição” and the accompanying soundtrack with the same title. Therefore, this album is significant as it represents the first time Vinicius would be a main artist and writer on a musical album and it also marks the beginning of his collaboration with Jobim. […]

1101, 2013

Montreux Jazz Festival founder dies

Claude Nobs died Thursday at the age of 76 following a skiing accident in Caux,Switzerland on the 24th of December. He had been in a coma ever since. Claude along with the then president of Atlantic Records Nesuhi Erteguen founded the Montreux Jazz Festival in the Swiss town in 1967. Since its inception the festival has been host to performances by the greatest of musicians. […]

1101, 2013

New Tom Jobim Documentary

A new documentary based on the life of bossa nova great, Antonio Carlos Jobim, is to be released this February as a follow-up to another documentary from last year. Whereas the first was solely focused on his musical career, this one delves into the personal life of the musician. Interesting personal facets of his life will be discussed by three important female figures in his life.