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Welcome! We've added Dave Stryker's new album, Eight Track II, to our Beyond Brazil section. We have complete details plus a sample track. That section now features 127 recommended albums—nearly all with sample tracks. Recent additions include: Tom McCormick's South Beat; Daniela Schächter's Vanheusenism; Nána Simopoulos' Skins; and the Jeff Denson Quartet's Concentric Circles. Visit our Audio Archives to listen to extended features on 159 Brazilian albums, memorial tributes—and much more. The most recent addition is our feature on Trio da Paz's Somewhere, originally broadcast on Oct. 5, 2005. Cosmos, a new album by Ricardo Silveira and John Leftwich featuring Hubert Laws and Kiko Freitas, tops our New Releases section. We have all the information and a sample track from their CD and 112 others, including these recent additions: Relíquia by Clarice and Sergio Assad; Carla Hassett's +Blue; Marcos Amorim's Sea of Tranquility; Brazzamerica, by the jazz trio of the same name; and Ricardo Bacelar's Concerto para Moviola/ Ao Vivo. Thanks for stopping by. Please take a few minutes to sample a few of our features (you can always return to this page by clicking on our logo at the top of every page). As always, if you like what you find here, please tell your friends about it. Thanks!

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January 15, 2014 – The innovative band Fato from Curitiba, Paraná, is celebrating its Grupo Fato in recording studio. 20th anniversary with the release of the group's seventh album later this year. Keyboardist and vocalist Grace Torres sent us a sneak preview of the release. Produced by Pedro Luís, the new album (yet to be named) features guest appearances by vocalists... Read more

Here are earlier sneak previews of new albums by:
Hamilton de Holanda & Yamandú Costa
Jon Gold
André Vasconcellos
Joe Carter
Pascalito
Luiz Simas
Harvey Wainapel

April 24, 2013 – As the author of 14 books whose work is anthologized Rodrigo Garcia Lopes. Rodrigo Garcia Lopes
in several countries, Rodrigo Garcia Lopes has received acclaim as a scholar, poet and translator. But he's not so well known as a singer-songwriter. With the release of his second album, Canções do Estúdio Realidade, he has emerged as an artist deserving worldwide recognition for his music... Read more

Here's another of our Discovery Artists:
Rubens Figueiredo

Remembering Tom Jobim
Dec. 8, 2011 – Antonio Carlos Jobim, the beloved composer whose name comes to mind Tom Jobim. first when people speak of Brazilian music, died on December 8, 1994. Here's our short biographical sketch of Tom Jobim and a 44-minute musical tribute to him, Remembering Tom Jobim, from our radio broadcast on the tenth anniversary of his death, December 8, 2004... Read more

Here are other special features:
Interview with Antonio Adolfo
The story of Mas que Nada
Paula Morelenbaum interview
BOSSAlibre

Artist Profiles are biographical sketches of Brazilian musicians and composers – and other artists noted for performing Brazilian music. They are listed in alphabetical order by first name... Read more

 Birthdays
Aug. 16, 1946 – Ivan Conti
Aug. 16, 1948 – Paulinho Garcia
Aug. 16, 1952 – Dadi
Aug. 17, 1934 – João Donato
Aug. 19, 1946 – Alex Malheiros
Aug. 22, 1948 – Francisco Mario
Aug. 27, 1934 – Sylvia Telles
Aug. 31, 1919 – Jackson do Pandeiro
Aug. 31, 1939 – Francis Hime
Aug. 31, 1939 – Paul Winter
Aug. 31, 1981 – Marcela Mangabeira
Sept. 2, 1917 – Laurindo Almeida
Sept. 3, 1943 – Waly Salomão
Sept. 9, 1953 – Dagoberto Linhares
Sept. 9, 1977 – Maria Rita Mariano
Sept. 12, 1944 – Leci Brandão
Sept. 12, 1954 – Scott Hamilton
Sept. 13, 1949 – Itamar Assumpção
Sept. 14, 1943 – Marcos Valle
Sept. 15, 1928 – Cannonball Adderley
Sept. 16, 1921 – Jon Hendricks
Sept. 16, 1925 – Charlie Byrd
Sept. 18, 1954 – Jovino Santos Neto
Sept. 22, 1945 – Gonzaguinha
Sept. 22, 1950 – Paulo Bellinati
Sept. 26, 1945 – Gal Costa
Sept. 26, 1957 – Mário Adnet
Sept. 26, 1980 – Rafael Barata
Sept. 28, 1942 – Tim Maia
Oct. 1, 1902 – Isaías Sávio
Oct. 2, 1947 – Antonio Adolfo
Oct. 3, 1915 – Orlando Silva
Oct. 3, 1965 – Adriana Calcanhotto
Oct. 4, 1944 – Eddie Gomez
Oct. 8, 1863 – Catullo da Paixão Cearense
Oct. 8, 1929 – Paulinho Nogueira
Oct. 11, 1908 – Cartola
Oct. 11, 1936 – Tom Zé
Oct. 13, 1927 – Lee Konitz

Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich, Cosmos
Cosmos CD cover.
01 – Get together
02 – Cosmos
03 – Valsa nova
04 – 9 to 1
05 – Bachianas brasileiras #5
06 – Northeast and west
07 – Reflections
08 – Outro Rio
09 – Carinhoso
10 – Kathy
11 – Sempre assim
12 – Stars
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Clarice & Sergio Assad, Relíquia
Relíquia CD cover.
01 – Cidade (City)
02 – Artístico (Artistic)
03 – Relíquia (Relic)
04 – Song for my father
05 – Capoeira
06 – Angela
07 – The last song
08 – Estranho mundo (Strange world)
09 – Jorginho do Bandolim
10 – Ventos (Winds)
11 – Sol de clave (Treble clef)
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Carla Hassett, +Blue
+Blue CD cover.
01 – We belong here
02 – Pois é e tal
03 – Guerreira vai
04 – Sem calor
05 – Ladeira da Praça
06 – Sangue da terra
07 – A little more blue
08 – Forte
09 – Quando me desamericanizar
10 – South American way
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Marcos Amorim, Sea of Tranquility
Sea of Tranquility CD cover.
01 – Dance of the five princesses
02 – Bolero
03 – January ashes
04 – Pedras rolando
05 – Sea of Tranquility
06 – The further away the closer I get
07 – Sea time
08 – My African goddess
09 – Wooden face blues (bonus track)
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Brazzamerica, Brazzamerica
Brazzamerica CD cover.
01 – Quintessencia
02 – So what/ Samba do carioca way
03 – Canario
04 – Samba da lira
05 – Cecilias
06 – Vera Cruz
07 – Mariama
08 – Lim sim (maracatu-blues)
09 – Passarim
10 – A rã
11 – Ginga do mane
12 – Cev mar
13 – Imagen
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Ricardo Bacelar, Concerto para Moviola/ Ao Vivo
Concerto para Moviola/ Ao Vivo CD cover.
01 – Cordilheira
02 – Birdland
03 – Killer Joe
04 – So may it secretely begin
05 – March majestic
06 – The windmills of your mind
07 – Señor blues
08 – Moviola
09 – Enquanto isso, chove...
10 – Sabiá
11 – Palhaço
12 – Apartheid blues
13 – Setembro
14 – Água de beber
15 – Nanã
16 – The groove
17 – Blue Miles
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Mark Isbell, Encontro
Encontro CD cover.
01 – Chora tua tristeza
02 – A nova sem nome
03 – Da pá virada
04 – Doce presença
05 – Seu encanto (The face I love)
06 – April child
07 – Porque somos iguais
08 – Quem diz que sabe
09 – Samba da Catalina
10 – Deixa
11 – Quiet little lady
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Renato Braz, saudade
saudade CD cover.
01 – Anabela
02 – O cantador
03 – Eu não existo sem você
04 – Feitiço da Vila
05 – Acqua marcia
06 – Beatriz
07 – Na ilha de Lia, no barco de Rosa
08 – Chora brasileira
09 – Disparada
10 – Onde está você?
11 – Sodade, meu bem, sodade
12 – Bambayuque
13 – The last train
14 – Desenredo (intro & coda: O trenzinho do caipira)
15 – bonus track: Angola
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Plus...

Antonio Adolfo, Tropical Infinito
Carol Saboya, Carolina
Eduardo Belloni, Back to the Beginning
Cristina Braga & Brandenburger Symphoniker, Whisper
Paulinho Garcia & Friends, Aquarela
Daniela Mercury, Virtual Vinyl
Trio da Paz, 30
Various, Piano in the House
Cissa Paz, Cissa Paz
Catina DeLuna, Lado B Brazilian Project
Fato, Próximo
Michel Nirenberg, Retrato/Portrait
Sambeleza, Sambeleza Live!
Antonio Adolfo, Tema
Nicole, Raízes/Roots
Hamilton de Holanda, World of Pixinguinha
Phill Fest, That's What She Says
Simone Sou, Guilherme Kastrup & Benjamim Taubkin, Sounds of Life
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio, Jive Samba
Nilson Matta, East Side Rio Drive
David Feldman, piano
Carol Saboya, Antonio Adolfo, and Hendrik Meurkens, Copa Village
Hamilton de Holanda, Caprichos
Harry Allen's All-Star Brazilian Band, Flying Over Rio
Laura Dreyer, Vida. Arte. Amor.
Gabriel Espinosa & Hendrik Meurkens, Samba Little Samba
SpokFrevo Orquestra, Ninho de Vespa
Phil DeGreg & Brasilia, Brazilian People
Ricardo Silveira, Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio
Bebel Gilberto, Tudo
Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, Segunda Vez
Sherie Julianne, 10 Degrees South
Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov, Junity Duo & Quartet
Fabiana Passoni, Let Your Love Rise
Benjamim Taubkin, Al Qantara/ The Bridge
Clarice Assad, Imaginarium
Trio Três Pontos, Três Pontos...
Antonio Adolfo, Rio, Choro, Jazz...
Charlie Dennard, From Brazil to New Orleans
Rozina Pátkai, Você e Eu
Paulinho Garcia, Beautiful Love

Here are 66 more New Releases from 2011 to 2013. Click on a title to read about the album and listen to a sample track... Read more
Brazil Project presents guitarist Rógerio Souza, a founding member of Nó em Pingo d'Agua, one of Brazil's most innovative choro ensembles, and guitarist Edinho Gerber & Rógerio Souza. Edinho Gerber & Rógerio Souza Edinho Gerber for a series of performances in Maryland, Virginia and the Washington, DC area. Known as Duo Violão Brasil, they perform the music of Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, and Tom Jobim as well as original compositions. Brazilian bassist Leonardo Lucini and clarinetist/ saxophonist Andy Connell will join the Duo for these performances. Here are the remaining dates in the schedule: Sept. 30... Read more

Daniella Alcarpe. Daniella Alcarpe Singer Daniella Alcarpe will perform Oct. 1, 8:30 pm, at Bistrô Esmeralda, Rua Esmeralda, 29, Aclimação, São Paulo, SP. Brazil. For more information, visit www.bistroesmeralda.com.br. Daniella's website is www.cantora.mus.br.

The Sons of Brasil will perform Oct. 1, 4:00-7:00 pm, Strings on the Green The Sons of Brasil. The Sons of Brasil at Chaz on the Plaza Restaurant and Lounge/ the Raphael Hotel, 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO. Members of the band are Stan Kessler (trumpet and flugelhorn), Roger Wilder (piano), Danny Embrey (guitar), Greg Whitfield (bass), Doug Auwarter (drums) and Gary Helm (percussion)... Read more

Jazz harmonica and vibraphone player Hendrik Meurkens will perform Oct. 4, Hendrik Meurkens. Hendrik Meurkens 7:30 pm, at City Sports Grille, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA, with Scott Mullett (tenor sax), Paul Arslanian (piano), George Kaye (bass), and Jon Fisher (drums) The phone number for more information is (413)-584-4830. Hendrik Meurkens' website is www.hendrikmeurkens.

Sandy Cressman & Homenagem Brasileira will perform Oct. 8, 8:00 pm, Homenagem Brasileira. Homenagem Brasileira
at the California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, CA. Members of the band are Sandy Cressman (voice & percussion), Harvey Wainapel (saxophones), Anne Sajdera (piano), David Belove (bass), and Phil Thompson (drums). Sandy will have pre-release copies of her new CD Entre Amigos available for purchase. For tickets... Read more

Brazilian saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg has several performances scheduled in the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC area: Michel Nirenberg. Michel Nirenberg Photo: Ian Furlong Oct. 14, 8:00 pm, the Michel Nirenberg Brazilian Jazz Quartet will perform at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. For more information, call (301) 377-7800 or visit www.arts.pgparks.com. Oct. 16, 2:00 pm, Michel Nirenberg and drummer/ percussionist Allejandro Lucini will present a lecture and demonstration at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. For more information, call (301) 377-7800 or visit www.arts.pgparks.com... Read more

The Roger Davidson Trio with special guest Hendrik Meurkens will perform Oct. 20, 8:00 pm, Roger Davidson. Roger Davidson
at Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd St., New York City. Admission is $15. Members of the band are Roger Davidson (piano), Eduardo Belo (bass), Adriano Santos (drums), and Hendrik Meurkens (vibraphone and harmonica). For more information, visit www.zincbar.com. Roger Davidson's website is www.rogerdavidsonmusic.net

The Chicago Choro Club hosts a monthly Roda de Choro (choro jam session) The Chicago Choro Club. The Chicago Choro Club at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL. It's free and open to the public, and musicians are invited to bring their instruments and play along. The club also gives weekly lessons every Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am. Organizer Julie Koidin says, For non-musicians wanting to participate in playing music/choro, I highly recommend taking up pandeiro, the Brazilian percussion instrument that is played in a host of styles... Read more

The winner of the 58th annual GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Album is Brazilian jazz pianist, Grammy Award winner. GRAMMY® Award winner singer and composer Eliane Elias and her Concord Jazz release Made in Brazil. On the album—the first she's recorded in Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981— Elias wears many hats: producer, composer, lyricist, arranger, pianist and vocalist. Along with co-producers, Steve Rodby and Marc Johnson, her bass playing musical partner, Elias recruited a stellar cast of Brazilian musicians... Read more

Brazilian jazz guitarist and composer Flávio Barba has launched a new project called Jazz4Music. Every month, he Jazz4Music. invites different musicians playing Brazilian music, jazz and pop to make a new video of a song, recorded live. The videos are presented on the Jazz4Music youtube channel. Three recordings are already online: Jogral (Jester) by Filó Machado, José Neto, and Djavan features Flávio Barba, João Cristal, Marinho Andreotti, and Nelton Essi... Read more

Here are 127 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Dave Stryker, Eight Track II; Tom McCormick, South Beat; Daniela Schächter, Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen;
Eight Track II CD cover. South Beat CD cover. Vanheusenism CD cover.
Nána Simopoulos' Skins; Jeff Denson Quartet's Concentric Circles; Terceto Kali by the flamenco band of the same name; The Big Band Theory by Hector Martignon's Banda Grande; Julio Botti's Sax to Tango; Charlie Apicella & Iron City, Payin' the Cost to Be the Boss: A Tribute to B.B. King; Phyllis Blanford, Edgewalker; Professor Cunningham and his Old School, The Rhythm Method; Fred Fried, Core Four & More; The Dave Flippo Trio, Life on Mars; Fahir Atakoğlu, Live at Umbria Jazz; Manhattan Camerata, Tango Fado Project; Fernando Huergo, Hashtag; Letizia Gambi, Blue Monday; Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace with La Orquesta Sinfonietta, Canto América;... Read details and hear sample tracks

Randy Morse produced and hosted the weekly radio program The Best of Brazil from 1999 through 2010. Many of the features from the program are archived here, organized by category and broadcast date... Read more

Here are links to the websites of more than 370 bands and musicians, listed in alphabetical order by first name.
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Here are links to the websites of 120 record labels, listed in alphabetical order.
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