The Best of Brazil
 What's New
Welcome! We've added a new jazz album to our Beyond Brazil section. Jihye Lee Orchestra's April was composed in response to the sinking of the Korean ferry Sewol on April 16, 2014 and the deaths of 304 people, mostly teenagers. We have full details about the album and a sample track. Our Beyond Brazil section now features 139 recommended albums from the world of music beyond Brazil—nearly all with sample tracks. Recent additions include: Chris Rogers' Voyage Home; Steve Slagle's Alto Manhattan; Misha's Dreaming With Eyes Wide Awake; and Zarabande's El Toro. Sandy Cressman's Entre Amigos tops our New Releases section. We have complete information and a sample track from her album and 113 others. Recent additions include Cosmos by Ricardo Silveira and John Leftwich; Relíquia by Clarice and Sergio Assad; Carla Hassett's +Blue; and Marcos Amorim's Sea of Tranquility. Visit our Audio Archives section to listen to extended features on 168 albums of Brazilian music—plus interviews, memorial tributes and more. The most recent addition is our feature on Modern Traditions Ensemble's New Old Music, originally broadcast August 31, 2005. Thanks for stopping by. Please take a few minutes to look around (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, we hope you'll tell your friends about it. Thanks!

This website contains hundreds of sound files played using JavaScript and Apple's QuickTime plug-in. To hear the sound files, be sure your browser's security preferences are set to allow both JavaScript and plug-ins, and that you have the QuickTime plug-in. You can download it for free by clicking on the Get QuickTime icon. (Unfortunately, there is no QuickTime plug-in for iPads, iPhones and similar mobile devices.)

Free Apple QuickTime download

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
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

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

Jan. 19, 1942 – Nara Leão
Jan. 25, 1927 – Tom Jobim
Jan. 25, 1943 – Leny Andrade
Jan. 25, 1965 – Vittor Santos
Jan. 26, 1935 – Durval Ferreira
Jan. 27, 1906 – Radamés Gnattali
Jan. 27, 1949 – Djavan
Jan. 30, 1956 – Lula Barbosa
Jan. 31, 1948 – Joyce Moreno
Feb. 2, 1924 – Sonny Stitt
Feb. 2, 1927 – Stan Getz
Feb. 6, 1948 – Luiz Simas
Feb. 6, 1954 – Juarez Moreira
Feb. 9, 1909 – Carmen Miranda
Feb. 10, 1947 – Antonio Adolfo
Feb. 11, 1927 – Newton Mendonça
Feb. 11, 1941 – Sergio Mendes
Feb. 12, 1938 – Martinho da Vila
Feb. 13, 1955 – Joe Carter
Feb. 14, 1918 – Jacó do Bandolim
Feb. 21, 1946 – José Roberto Bertrami
Feb. 23, 1938 – Wilson Simonal
Feb. 25, 1929 – Tommy Newsom
Mar. 5, 1887 – Heitor Villa-Lobos
Mar. 6, 1942 – Flora Purim
Mar. 6, 1966 – Fábio Zanon
Mar. 7, 1940 – Turíbio Santos
Mar. 7, 1948 – Danilo Caymmi
Mar. 8, 1953 – Dega Calazans
Mar. 10, 1959 – Fred Schneiter
Mar. 13, 1937 – Mestre Zé Paulo
Mar. 13, 1971 – Clara Moreno
Mar. 13, 1944 – Cacaso
Mar. 14, 1903 – Benedito Lacerda
Mar. 14, 1957 – Cliff Korman

Sandy Cressman, Entre Amigos
Entre Amigos CD cover.
01 – Como eu quero cantar (I just want to sing...)
02 – Here in your arms
03 – Não me acorde não (Don't wake me)
04 – Ela é (She is)
05 – Eu mais você (Me plus you)
06 – Para Hermeto (For Hermeto)
07 – Nossa história (Our story)
08 – Deixa o amor florescer (Let love flourish)
09 – Menina vai (Go girl!)
10 – Eu vou lembrar (I will remember)
Read more

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
Read more

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)
Read more

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
Read more

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)
Read more

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
Read more

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
Read more


Mark Isbell, Encontro
Renato Braz, saudade
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

Here are 84 more New Releases from 2011 to 2014. Click on a title to read about the album and listen to a sample track... Read more
The Jovino Santos Neto Trio with Jovino on piano, Itaiguara Brandão on bass, and Maurício Jovino Santos Neto. Jovino Santos Neto Zottarelli on drums will perform in New York City and New Jersey in early March: Mar. 4, 9:30 pm, at Club Bonafide, 212 E. 52nd St, New York City. The phone number for more information is (646) 918-6189. Mar. 5, 2:00 pm, at the Monmouth County Library, 125 Symmes Rd, Manalapan, NJ. Call (732) 431-7220 for more information. Jovino Santos Neto's website is

The Roger Davidson Trio will Roger Davidson. Roger Davidson perform original Brazilian jazz Mar. 8, 6:45 pm, at Caffè Vivaldi, 32 Jones St. (off Bleeker St., near 7th Ave.), New York City. The trio is Roger Davidson (piano), Rogerio Boccato (drums), and special guest Itaiguara Brandão (bass). For more information, Caffè Vivaldi's website is Roger Davidson's website is

The Chicago Choro Club hosts a monthly Roda de Choro (choro jam session) 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

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet. To mark the milestone, the group has entirely updated its website. Quaternaglia. Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet One of the goals of the new design is to be able to sustain more personalized interactions with audiences, friends, admirers, and the press. Among the features of the site is Quaternaglia 25, a series of 25 posts that recount the history of the group, from its origins in 1992 to its most recent activity. Each post is accompanied by a variety of bonus materials including photographs, scans of concert programs... 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 139 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Jihye Lee Orchestra, April;
April CD cover. Voyage Home CD cover. Alto Manhattan CD cover.
Chris Rogers, Voyage Home; Steve Slagle, Alto Manhattan; Misha, Dreaming With Eyes Wide Awake; Zarabande, El Toro; Greg Diamond, Avenida Graham; Albert Marquès Trio, Live in the South Bronx; Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Basically Baker Vol. 2; Gabriel Espinosa, Songs of Bacharach and Manzanero; Black Olive Jazz, Exotica; Ray Obiedo, Latin Jazz Project vol. 1; Little Johnny Rivero, Music in Me; Dave Stryker, Eight Track II; Tom McCormick, South Beat; Daniela Schächter, Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen; Nána Simopoulos, Skins; Jeff Denson Quartet, Concentric Circles; Terceto Kali, Terceto Kali;... 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.
Read more

Here are links to the websites of 120 record labels, listed in alphabetical order.
Read more