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Welcome! Oração para Amanhã (Prayer for Tomorrow) by the Roger Davidson Trio with Hendrik Meurkens tops our New Releases section. We have all the details and a sample track from that release and 117 other Brazilian albums. Recent additions include Paulinho Garcia's How Do You Keep the Music Playing?; Antonio Adolfo's HYBRIDO – From Rio to Wayne Shorter; Sandy Cressman's Entre Amigos; and Cosmos by Ricardo Silveira and John Leftwich. We've also added a new jazz album to our Beyond Brazil section: Brent Laidler's No Matter Where Noir. We have complete information plus a sample track. That section now features 145 recommended albums from the world of music beyond Brazil—nearly all with sample tracks. Recent additions include Typhanie Monique's Call It Magic; Living Tribute by the Larry Newcomb Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli; David Finck's Low Standards; and The Harry Warren Songbook by Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack. To hear extended features on 169 Brazilian albums—plus interviews, memorial tributes and more—be sure to visit our Audio Archives section. Thanks for visiting this website. We hope you'll spend some time exploring its many 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

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
June 16, 1945 – Ivan Lins
June 17, 1939 – Geraldo Ribeiro
June 17, 1946 – Arthur Verocai
June 18, 1946 – Maria Bethânia
June 19, 1944 – Chico Buarque
June 19, 1955 – Edelton Gloeden
June 21, 1932 – Lalo Schifrin
June 21, 1950 – Almir Chediak
June 21, 1952 – Kimson Plaut
June 22, 1936 – Hermeto Pascoal
June 28, 1915 – Garoto
June 29, 1946 – Gilberto Gil
June 29, 1960 – Tony Bellotto
July 1, 1946 – Alceu Valença
July 1, 1967 – Marisa Monte
July 6, 1948 – Toquinho
July 8, 1948 – Márcio Montarroyos

Roger Davidson Trio with Hendrik Meurkens, Oração para Amanhã
Oração para Amanhã CD cover.
01 – September samba
02 – Sonho da tarde
03 – Oração para amanhã
04 – Rio de Janeiro
05 – Saudades
06 – Tarde sonhadora
07 – Amor brasileiro
08 – O trem da vida
09 – Saudade do Brasil
10 – A escada
11 – Três estrelas
12 – O verão
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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
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
Kenia. Kenia Brazilian jazz singer Kenia has these performances scheduled in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts: June 30, 7:30 pm, The Ladies of Jazz Night at the Oaks Theater with Etta Cox, Michele Bensen, Sandy Dowe and Antoinette Manganas. The Theater is at 310 Allegheny River Boulevard, Oakmont, PA, and tickets are $20-$25. For more information, visit or phone (412) 828-6322. Sept. 10 at the Brazilian Independence Festival in Boston, MA. Look for more details later. Oct. 1, 2:00-5:00 pm, at Narcisi Winery... Read more

On July 2 at 7:30 pm, the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland, CA, presents Entre Amigos Sandy and Jeff Cressman. Sandy and Jeff Cressman featuring Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, singer and percussionist Sandy Cressman, trombonist Jeff Cressman and friends Ami Molinelli (percussion), David Belove (bass), and Dillon Vado (drums). Tickets are $20. Piedmont Piano Company is at 1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th)... 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 145 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Brent Laidler, No Matter Where Noir; Typhanie Monique,
No Matter Where Noir CD cover. Call It Magic CD cover. Living Tribute CD cover.
Call It Magic; Larry Newcomb Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli, Living Tribute; David Finck, Low Standards; 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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