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Welcome! Topping our New Releases section is Paulinho Garcia's new album, How Do You Keep the Music Playing? We have all the details plus a sample track. That section now features 116 Brazilian music albums, all with sample tracks. Recents additions include Antonio Adolfo's HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter; Sandy Cressman's Entre Amigos; Cosmos by Ricardo Silveira and John Leftwich; and Relíquia by Clarice and Sergio Assad. Low Standards by jazz bassist David Finck is the most recent addition to our Beyond Brazil section. The album includes two Brazilian tunes, Brigas nunca mais and Pra dizer adeus. The first is our sample track. That section includes 142 recommended albums from the world of music beyond Brazil—nearly all with sample tracks. Other recent additions include: The Harry Warren Songbook by Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack; Jim Buennig's It's Like This; Jihye Lee Orchestra's April; and Chris Rogers' Voyage Home. Visit our Audio Archives section to listen to extended features on 169 Brazilian albums—plus interviews, memorial tributes and more. The most recent addition to that section is our feature on Luiz Paulo Simas' Cafuné, originally broadcast October 3, 2007. Thanks for visiting this website. We hope you'll take a few minutes to become familiar with its various 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
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

Apr. 15, 1978 – Philippe Baden Powell
Apr. 16, 1930 – Herbie Mann
Apr. 16, 1943 – Sebastião Tapajós
Apr. 19, 1941 – Roberto Carlos
Apr. 21, 1946 – Gilson Peranzzetta
Apr. 23, 1897 – Pixinguinha
Apr. 23, 1918 – Geraldo Pereira
Apr. 24, 1937 – Joe Henderson
Apr. 25, 1910 – Custódio Mesquita
Apr. 25, 1917 – Ella Fitzgerald
Apr. 27, 1930 – Claus Ogerman
Apr. 28, 1949 – Paulo César Pinheiro
Apr. 28, 1965 – Ithamara Koorax
Apr. 29, 1899 – Duke Ellington
Apr. 29, 1922 – Toots Thielemans
Apr. 29, 1941 – Nana Caymmi
Apr. 29, 1951 – Vinicius Cantuária
Apr. 30, 1914 – Dorival Caymmi
May 1, 1934 – Shirley Horn
May 2, 1909 – Ataulfo Alves
May 4, 1937 – Ron Carter
May 4, 1953 – Lulu Santos
May 4, 1961 – Herbert Vianna
May 5, 1917 – Dalva de Oliveira
May 5, 1918 – Dino Sete Cordas
May 5, 1946 – Beth Carvalho
May 6, 1958 – Fátima Guedes
May 7, 1893 – Orestes Barbosa
May 9, 1948 – Tania Maria
May 10, 1964 – Keco Brandão
May 11, 1936 – Carlos Lyra
May 12, 1913 – Jamelão
May 12, 1932 – Walter Wanderley
May 12, 1966 – Bebel Gilberto
May 15, 1940 – Oscar Castro-Neves
May 17, 1963 – Gerhard Hetzendorfer
May 18, 1954 – Jaques Morelenbaum
May 19, 1929 – Johnny Alf
May 21, 1962 – Roberto Frejat
May 23, 1908 – Sílvio Caldas
May 23, 1928 – Rosemary Clooney
May 24, 1958 – David Ganc
May 25, 1926 – Miles Davis
May 26, 1930 – Sivuca
May 27, 1926 – Bud Shank
May 28, 1913 – Cyro Monteiro
May 28, 1946 – Cláudio Roditi
May 31, 1948 – Paulinho da Costa
June 1, 1941 – Robertinho Silva
June 4, 1948 – Paquito D'Rivera
June 5, 1941 – Erasmo Carlos
June 5, 1948 – Sérgio Abreu
June 9, 1943 – Kenny Barron
June 10, 1931 – João Gilberto
June 10, 1950 – Guinga
June 13, 1963 – Julie Koidin

Paulinho Garcia, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
How Do You Keep the Music Playing? CD cover.
01 – How do you keep the music playing?
02 – As rosas não falam
03 – Cintura fina
04 – I'll be calling for Maria
05 – Adeus meus sonhos/ Adiós mis sueños
06 – Bolero de satã
07 – Palpite infeliz
08 – Feitiço da vila
09 – Canto de Ossanha
10 – Obsesión
11 – Tristeza/ A voz do morro
12 – Embraceable you
13 – Take five
14 – There'll never be another you
15 – You are my greatest friend
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Antonio Adolfo, HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter
HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter CD cover.
01 – Deluge
02 – Footprints
03 – Beauty and the beast
04 – Prince of darkness
05 – Black Nile
06 – Speak no evil
07 – E.S.P.
08 – Ana Maria
09 – Afrosamba
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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)
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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
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
Brazilian jazz singer Sandy Cressman has June performances scheduled in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle: June 4, 5:30-8:30 pm, Brazil Meets Big Band Sandy and Jeff Cressman. Sandy and Jeff Cressman with Sandy Cressman performing with Electric Squeezebox Orchestra at Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus, San Francisco. Jazz vocalist Noa Levy opens the show. Tickets are $10. For more information and tickets, visit June 9, 7:30 pm, Abbie Weisenbloom presents Sandy Cressman (voice and percussion) with Jasnam Daya Singh (piano) and Jeff Cressman (trombone). This intimate house concert in inner SE Portland will be proceeded by an optional pot-luck dinner. Tickets are a $20 donation. RSVP to for directions and to make reservations. June 11, 3:00 pm, JazzScapes... Read more

Guitarist and vocalist Badi Assad will present a workshop open to all Badi Assad. Badi Assad musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists) and dancers July 9, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL. The workshop is sponsored by the Chicago Choro Club. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Space is limited. For more information and reservations, visit

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 142 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: David Finck, Low Standards;
Low Standards CD cover. The Harry Warren Songbook CD cover. It's Like This CD cover.
Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack, The Harry Warren Songbook; Jim Buennig, It's Like This; Jihye Lee Orchestra, April; 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;... 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 375 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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