Archive for November, 2009

Ubatuba Brazil Camp 2010

November 11, 2009 Comments Off on Ubatuba Brazil Camp 2010 News

An opportunity to study with the masters in Brazil:


February 22-28, 2010

Ubatuba Brazil Camp 2010 is a week of music master classes on the sands of Ubatuba, Brazil — a paradise spot on the coast between Rio and São Paulo. Created by the founders of California Brazil Camp, Dennis Broughton and Mestre Marcelo Pereira, this week-long event brings together master musicians ranging from the legendary Hermeto Pascoal and Jovino Santos Neto to percussion master Jorge Alabé. This unique event is designed for intermediate and advanced musicians and for capoeiristas of any experience level. [more information]

Sundays: Cidinho Teixeira and Friends at Zinc Bar

November 7, 2009 Comments Off on Sundays: Cidinho Teixeira and Friends at Zinc Bar News

Sunday evenings at Zinc Bar
For 10 straight years, the best of Brazilian jazz led by the renowned pianist Cidinho Teixeira and friends, each Sunday featuring a changing roster of the top local Brazilian vocalists.
Sets at 10 PM, 11:30 PM and 1 AM
Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street
(between Thompson & Sullivan Streets)
Greenwich Village
New York NY 10012
tel. 212-477-9462

Vanderlei Pereira and Blindfold Test

November 6, 2009 3 Comments » News

Three of Cantaloupe Music Productions’ top Brazilian jazz artists (Vanderlei Pereira, Susan Pereira, and Paul Meyers) are performing tomorrow, November 7 at Fat Cat in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Vanderlei Pereira and BLINDFOLD TEST

Rodrigo Ursaia – sax, flute
Susan Pereira – voice, percussion
Deanna Witkowski – piano
Paul Meyers – guitar
Gustavo Amarante – bass
Vanderlei Pereira – drums

sets at 7 and 8:30 pm
cover charge: $3

Fat Cat
75 Christopher St.
New York City
(212) 675-6056

Tonight: Sofia Tosello at Tutuma Social Club

November 3, 2009 Comments Off on Tonight: Sofia Tosello at Tutuma Social Club News

Tonight, November 3, our own Sofia Tosello performs at TUTUMA Afro Peruvian Social Club (164 East 56 Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues) at 8:30 PM.  FREE — No Cover Charge

“Argentina Meets Peru”

Sofia Tosello: voice
Yuri Juarez: guitar
Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton: cajon

Falecimento do Mestre Neguinho do Samba

November 3, 2009 Comments Off on Falecimento do Mestre Neguinho do Samba News

Our colleague, Judith E. King-Calnek, sends us this sad news:

“Sadly, this is to let you know of the passing of a dear friend and incredible musician, Neguinho do Samba who recently died of a heart attack in his home town of Bahia, Brazil. Many of you knew Neguinho, others may not have known him, but knew his music. He was the force behind the drums of Olodum, the master of rhythms when the bloco burst onto the scene and their infectious rhythms captivated not just Salvador, Bahia, but the entire world. His touch on skins evoked cries, laughter, dance, and much more from people from all walks of life. The call of Neguinho’s rhythms reached the ears of internationally known musicians such as Paul Simon (“Rhythm of the Saints”) and Michael Jackson (“They Don’t Care About Us”).

I knew Neguinho (everybody in Bahia knows Neguinho!) for a long time, but got to know him much better in 1995 during a few months when I was there doing field work for my dissertation. His warmth, caring and concern for the people of Bahia were amazing. His dream of building a music school was realized, and his work with the all women’s percussion band Dida’ was revolutionary.”

It is such a loss. We are, however, fortunate to have many “filhos” of Neguinho. Not only his actual children, but his musical children as well. O rufar dos tambores nao para. We will all miss him sorely.



November 2, 2009 Comments Off on FALL BACK News


Spring forward, fall back.
For months,
the sun has snuck out earlier each day.
But today we officially let him get away.
The pretty part of autumn is done,
leaving the trees’ debris on sidewalks
like yellow slush after the rain.
Soon we will be lit by the gaudy glow
of bulbs strung and hung.
For now, just fall back.
An hour gained?
I feel the loss,
as I begin the descent into
the deep dark ending of the year.
I sigh and try not to wish it away.


© Ellen Azorin, from “Insight Out: sort-of poetry,”
Cantaloupe Press <>