Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil

Brazilian jazz ensemble with vocals

Founded in 1991 by leader Susan Pereira (vocalist / pianist / percussionist / composer) and joined by core member and drummer Vanderlei Pereira, Sabor Brasil is highly sought after as both a performance ensemble at concerts, festivals and shows, and for private events that demand the same high level of performance. Sabor Brasil is extremely versatile, with a repertoire ranging from beloved Brazilian standards, to contemporary MPB, hot samba, cool bossa nova, elegant chorinho and the exotic rhythms of Bahia, along with original Brazilian jazz.

The ensemble has appeared at many New York area clubs including Birdland, Citron 47, Cleopatra’s Needle and Le Bar Bat, among others. They have also performed at many festivals and special events, including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s “Sounds of the City” Festival, the NARAS Annual Membership Meeting and the Central Park Music Festival, and were selected as featured ensemble in the 2002 Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.

As a vocalist, Susan’s broad background in traditional Brazilian musical genres, jazz and world music has enabled her to develop a distinct musical personality. Fluent in Portuguese, Susan sings in a silky, rich tone that moves from lyric interpretation to an amazing scat-singing ability.

Susan has performed with various ensembles at the Kennedy Center and the Syracuse Jazzfest as well as New York’s famed Blue Note jazz club, at the IAJE convention, The River Café and The Water Club. She has been interviewed on Globo TV (Brazil), Manchete TV (Brazil) and the Voice of America. As a percussionist, Susan was invited to play with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim and in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval with the São Clemente Samba School. She has composed, arranged and recorded for OMNI Music and her arrangements and percussion work can also be heard on the releases of many well known artists and ensembles.

But it is with her own ensemble, Sabor Brasil, that the full range and depth of Susan’s talents are most richly appreciated.

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