Feliz Natal – Merry Christmas! Boas Festas – Happy Holidays! We invite you to tune-in on Christmas Eve and Christmas for the sounds of the season on the The Bossa Nova Breakfast. We’ll be celebrating the holiday this year by adding bossa versions of our favorite Christmas tunes to our unique mix of Bossa Nova, Samba & Brazilian Jazz. You’ll hear classics like “Winter Wonderland”, “Sleigh Ride” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from artists like Charlie Byrd, Jack Jezzro, Oscar Castro-Neves, Eliane Elias and Lori Mechem. It’s a Bossa Nova Christmas on the The Bossa Nova Breakfast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
KENNY BARRON & THE BRAZILIAN KNIGHTS
Tune in to the Bossa Nova Breakfast this week for Brazilian jazz from pianist Kenny Barron. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, “Kenny Barron & The Brazilian Knights”, is a showcase for a variey of compositions by recognized masters of Brazilian music, among them “Rapaz de Bem” and “Ilusão à Toa” by Johnny Alf, Baden Powell‘s “Só por Amor”, and Jobim’s classic “Triste”. The session features the work of native musicians Claudio Roditi on trumpet, guitarist Lula Galvao and harmonica player Mauricio Einhorn, who also contributed several original compositions to the recording. Barron is certainly no stranger to Brazilian jazz and samba, having worked with Dizzy Gillespie in the 1960s and with Stan Getz for five years beginning in 1986. The pianist also previously released two Brazilian themed sessions under his own name, “Sambao” in 1993, and “Canta Brasil” in 2002, both of which have been a part of the Bossa Nova Breakfast playlist for some time. With “Kenny Barron & The Brazilian Knights”, one of the most respected pianists on the American jazz scene has once again succeeded in reaching across cultures to create a work that overflows with lyricism and joy.
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THE WOMEN OF BRAZIL
Over the past month we’ve been busy adding a lot of new music to the Bossa Nova Breakfast that we’re looking forward to sharing with you. Among the most captivating of the collections we’ve discovered recently is the Putumayo Records release “Women of Brazil.” This new compilation puts the spotlight on a combination rising stars on the Brazilian music scene along with several expatriates representing the spirit of the music in cities such as Paris, Miami, Toronto and Stockholm. Highlights from the release include performances by Graça Cunha, Luísa Maita and Clara Moreno (daughter of the legendary Brazilian vocalist Joyce Moreno), as well as Alina Morales, Flavia Coelho, and Miriam Aïda. To borrow praise from the album’s liner notes; “Women of Brazil features some of our favorite young voices, taking Brazilian music in inspired new directions.” Tune-in to the Bossa Nova Breakfast this week to be treated to a new generation of singers who are adding to the vitality of the music of Brazil.
ANA CARAM AND THE OTHER SIDE OF JOBIM
Tune in this week to the Bossa Nova Breakfast as we present music from “The Other Side of Jobim”, an overlooked gem by the São Paulo born vocalist and guitarist Ana Caram. Recorded in 1992, “The Other Side of Jobim” was Caram’s third album, and it features some of the most engaging performances of her career. Backed by a small ensemble including two guitars, oboe, cello, Caram’s voice is relaxed and appealing throughout this set of less familiar works by the master, such as “Esperance Perdida”, “Falando de Amor”, “Demais” and “Samba Torto.” Ana Caram’s “The Other Side of Jobim”, this week on the Bossa Nova Breakfast!