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Benefit Concert for Japan, Tuesday, March 29 in NYC

March 28, 2011 Comments Off on Benefit Concert for Japan, Tuesday, March 29 in NYC News

Japanese pianist/composer Tempei Nakamura, and Urban Tango Trio, at the West End Presbyterian Church, 165 West 105 Street, New York City. Full information below:

Joyce Cândido awarded “Best Brazilian female vocalist in the U.S” by the Brazilian International Press Association

March 4, 2011 1 Comment » News

The Brazilian International Press Award, considered to be the most important cultural award for Brazilian culture outside of that country, has selected New York-based vocalist Joyce Cândido as “Best Brazilian female vocalist” in their 2011 selections. More about Joyce and samples of her music here.

Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble January 19 at Cornelia Street Cafe

January 5, 2011 Comments Off on Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble January 19 at Cornelia Street Cafe News

The “Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble” was formed by Guitarist Billy Newman in 2005 to play Brazilian instrumental music that was very infrequently heard here in the states on instruments not used in Jazz ensembles – Mandolin, nylon string guitar, cavaquinho and pandeiro. The group has been delving into the great genres of Brazilian music particularly Choro but also including Samba, Baião and Frevo. The constituents are frequent travelers to Brazil or Brazilian themselves. Our mission is to expose audiences to the rich breadth of instrumental sounds coming from this great country and seek parallels with the American jazz tradition. Recently the group did a sold out show at Cornelia Street with the great 7 string guitarist Rogerio Souza from Rio de Janeiro.

This Performance features Billy Newman, nylon string guitar, cavaquinho; Bina Coquet, 7 string acoustic steel guitar; Dennis Lichtman, mandolin, clarinet; Hadar Noiberg, flute ; Tom Armstrong, pandeiro, percussion

Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY
212-989-9319
Cover $10 (includes one house drink)


“Jingle Samba” by Ellen Azorin and Dionísio Santos

December 21, 2010 Comments Off on “Jingle Samba” by Ellen Azorin and Dionísio Santos News

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Cantaloupe Music Productions sends our musical greetings with “Jingle Samba,” by Ellen Azorin and Dionísio Santos

percussion and voice: Café • cavaquinho, violão, baixo: Dionísio • coro: Tânia, Ellen, Café

I hear the sound of the cavaquinho,
It makes me smile and move my feet
It’s Christmas time with a brand new beat
Clap your hands, move your feet. . . Jingle, jingle samba!

Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin to family and friends
Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin, our little samba sends
Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin, a song of love and peace

The tambourim and the booming tantan
Call everyone to join the fun
The world is new and life is sweet
Clap your hands, move your feet. . .Jingle, jingle samba!

Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin to family and friends
Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin, our little samba sends
Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin, a song of love and peace

So add your voice to the happy song
Forget your cares as we dance along
Together now, let’s all repeat:
Clap your hands, move your feet. . .Jingle, jingle samba!

Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin to family and friends
Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin, our little samba sends
Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin, a song of love and peace

Jinjinjin, Jinjinjin, Jingle Jingle Samba!

©Ellen Azorin and Dionísio Santos. All rights reserved.

Sofia Tosello to perform at Blue Note Jazz Brunch, Nov 14

November 13, 2010 Comments Off on Sofia Tosello to perform at Blue Note Jazz Brunch, Nov 14 News

Sofia Tosello, whose re-imaginings of South American song has critics saying she heralds “the next wave in Latin American jazz,” will perform at the Blue Note Jazz Brunch on Sunday, November 14, 2010, together with an ensemble consisting of Octavio Brunetti on piano, Pedro Girado on bass, and Franco Pinna on percussion. Originally from Argentina, Sofa Tosello’s music is in the variety of Latin American cancion traditions, including tango, chacarera, bolero filin, son, zamba, bossa nova and Brazilian popular music. There are also shades of jazz scene and a bit of funk in her song stylings. Tosello prefers to see herself as a border-crosser, not bound by the logic of genre. Her soulful and sensitive approach combines the best of today’s global currents in jazz, Latin, and pop music while maintaining a profound respect for tradition – a feat seldom achieved by young artists.

Latin American Cultural Week in NYC closing celebration November 17

November 5, 2010 Comments Off on Latin American Cultural Week in NYC closing celebration November 17 News

The 5th Annual Latin American Cultural Week, which runs from November 11 to 17 in New York City, will hold their closing event celebration on Wednesday, November 17 from 7 to 10 PM, with a variety of latin-american performers including latin jazz by Pedro Giraudo Sextet. The event will be held at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street (between Delancy & Rivington). Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.csvcenter.org

Zinc Bar in NYC gets a grand piano!

November 1, 2010 Comments Off on Zinc Bar in NYC gets a grand piano! News

Huge thanks to the Sauter piano company (and Peter Becker of Noble Art Pianos, representing Sauter Center East) and to Dita Sullivan, the dedicated and energetic force who made it all happen: Zinc Bar now has a beautiful grand piano!

“This is a dream come true,” said Zinc Bar’s owner, Alex Kay. “Zinc Bar has given opportunities to scores of exceptional artists who needed a place to develop their music, but without a good piano, they couldn’t go the whole distance that their talent demanded. Sauter Pianos is providing the essential element they deserve as performers, and to lift Zinc Bar to the level that it deserves as a venue, so it can continue to connect with the sophisticated audience in New York that wants to grow with new artists and new ideas. The impact of this is going to be life-changing for so many people.”

To celebrate the installation of the piano, Sauter will sponsor Dita Sullivan’s landmark performance series “New Dimensions in Latin Jazz” at Zinc Bar from November 2nd through December 2nd.  The mission of the series, according to Dita, is “to open doors onto the panorama of  music being created by a new wave of Latin American jazzistas now based here.”   Among the luminaries of latin jazz who will perform are Emilio Solla, Fernando Otero, Dafnis Prieto, Juan-Carlos Formell, Dario Boente, Osmany Paredes, Robert Rodriguez, Elio Villafranca and Pedro Giraudo.

More information in this wonderful blog post by Eliseo Cardona.

Chorinho every Wednesday at Modern Sound in Copacabana

October 26, 2010 Comments Off on Chorinho every Wednesday at Modern Sound in Copacabana News

Every Wednesday at the Bistro Allegro in the Modern Sound record store in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, the amazing choro group “Gente Fina & Outra Coisas,” whose members are Ronaldo do Bandolim (also of Época de Oura and Trio Madeira Brasil), Joé Carlos “Bigorna,” Fernando Coelho, Bebeto Castilho, and Jovi Joviniano.  [Learn more about choro, or “chorinho” music]

In this video made a few weeks ago by our friend Mike Quinn, the sambamaster/impressario behind Austin’s famous Carnival Brasileiro, the group plays “Sonoroso” by K-Ximbinho:

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Three of our favorite Brazilian vocalists now in New York

October 25, 2010 Comments Off on Three of our favorite Brazilian vocalists now in New York News

Some of the best Brazilian talent spend time in Brazil and New York, traveling back and forth as bookings demand. Three of our favorite Brazilian vocalists are in New York now and available for bookings. They are: Vanessa Falabella, Débora Santos, and Joyce Cândido. For music samples and more information, click on their names.

Urban Tango Trio to perform at free concert November 4, 2010

September 24, 2010 Comments Off on Urban Tango Trio to perform at free concert November 4, 2010 News

The celebrated ensemble, Urban Tango Trio, will make a rare free appearance on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7 PM in the auditorium of the Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Public Library.