1409, 2012

Bossa in Queens

The Astoria Jazz Band will perform jazz , blues and the sounds of Brazil on September 16th at the Grace Lutheran Church at 2 p.m, located at 31-20 21st Ave. in Astoria. […]

1309, 2012

Bebel Gilberto: Moving in a new direction

At age 46, Bebel Gilberto has achieved considerable success as a musician. Her numerous tours and live shows along with 4 studio albums, each critically acclaimed and commercially successful, are a testament to her status as one the most prominent modern day bossa nova artists.  She could easily adopt a more relaxed approach to life but on the contrary she seems to be doing the very opposite. […]

1209, 2012

Vinicius honored with exhibition

The artist Elifas Andreato has opened an exhibition called  “The Haver, Paintings and Music of Vinicius de Moraes” at the Art Gallery of BNDES  in Rio de Janeiro. The project consists of various artistic expressions inspired by the poem ‘The Haver,of Vinicius’. Well known cultural figures are taking part such as the composers Chico Buarque, Toquinho, Paulinho da Viola,among others. […]

1209, 2012

Man in the Mirror (Bossa Nova Remix)

This  year marks the 25th anniversary since the release  of  American pop icon Michael Jackson released his album “Bad.” Though not having the same notoriety as the previous album, “Thriller,” which went on to be the best selling album of all time, it  too enjoyed remarkable commercial success and is cited as the 5th best selling album of all time. Along with this it featured a number of successful singles and videos.  One such song was “Man in the Mirror.” […]

1009, 2012

Last Days of Bossa Nova

Apart of ArtPrize 2012 ,Dutch artist Hank Diaz-Leal’s work “Last days of Bossa Nova” will be featured at the art exhibition “A lot of art” at the San Chez Bistro in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 16th. […]

809, 2012

Album of the week: Open Air – Cecilia Monte

As an Argentine multi-instrumentalist and singer with a strong affinity for Brazilian music, Cecilia Monte, has a unique musical and cultural background to draw from and she uses this well throughout her first full length studio album, “Open Air.”

Her decision to record the album in English, Portuguese and Spanish serves as the first testament of her versatility and choice to incorporate various aspects of her life into one project. This becomes even more apparent with her decision to record both jazz and bossa nova songs on this album. It’s a daring musical decision but one that she was able to execute seamlessly. […]

809, 2012

Song of the Week: Fotografia – Open Air

An elegant song treated with care, the track “Fotografia” displays Cecilia Monte’s great vocal ability. Soothing vocals accompanied with a subtle guitar, piano and bossa beat makes this song a joy to listen to. […]

709, 2012

David Byrne’s version of Aguas De Marco

Scottish new wave and experimental pop musician David Byrne is not the type of artist one would immediately associate with bossa nova. However, the multi-instrumentalist known as the “King of Quirk” has legitimate ties with Brazilian music due to his continued professional collaboration with Brazil’s very own master of quirk Tom Ze. […]

609, 2012

Micaël Lüssi pays tribute to Antônio Carlos Jobim

A few weeks ago Micaël Lüssi and Guillaume Larouche of the Canadian group “Viva Nova” paid tribute to bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim in Montreal( shown in picture above). The event was well attended and was also well received by the audience.  When I asked Micael what he thought of the event that night, he had this to say:
“The concert was amazing!!! We had a great turnout and the energy between the musicians and the audience was fantastic!” […]

509, 2012

Sergio Mendes performing at Jazz Festival & more

Bossa nova legend Sergio Mendes will be headlining the annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival this Saturday September 8th in Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.  This will be the latest of a series of concerts and tours that he has been involved with for the past few months. […]