Older: Brazilian Jazzmasters - Leo Gandelman


Published: 06/21/2017

by Scott Adams


Program #1308 - 'Brazilian Jazzmasters - Leo Gandelman'

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10 Questions and a few minutes are all it takes to get caught up with this week’s Featured Artist, saxophonist Leo Gandelman. He sat down with us to share his thoughts and opinions on a variety of subjects; including his latest album form Brazil.  

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This week’s show:

My Producer's Notes

Catch the beginning of The Sounds of Brazil at 6am, 9am, noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm and midnight Central Time daily.

This week, I’m featuring saxophonist Leo Gandelman as part of June’s ‘Brazilian Jazzmasters’ radio theme, and I came across the liner notes that he asked me to write for his ‘Brazilian Soul’ album. I included part of that text here, because it tells a wonderful story about him. I hope you’ll enjoy it:

Leo Gandelman always brings me home. Spend a few minutes with him after a performance and you'll immediately understand what I mean. There's a welcoming sense of his personality, right up front. His characteristic lighthearted humor, that easy smile always just a note or two away; that's Leo.

And as The Sounds of Brazil is featuring his music on the radio this week, it's possibly the very first opportunity for you to know anything about the man behind the saxophone. Secondly, how I met Leo Gandelman has a lot to do with why he's so well respected and admired by fans and compatriots worldwide.

It was my second trip to Rio in 1989, arranged on the fly by capturing a writing assignment from a US magazine to interview singer Caetano Veloso. An invitation to meet Gal Costa came along soon after my arrival and it wasn’t long before I found myself in a recording studio, seated next to her during a session break for her comeback album Plural. And there, volunteering to act as the interpreter for my broken Portuguese was her producer, a young enthusiastic guy named Gandelman.

With his second solo album just released and already working hard on his career in the US, you could have forgiven Leo for seizing the moment to include his own successes and aspirations, but that wasn't the case. In fact, I left that day without any real appreciation for him as an artist. He had totally given himself over to my moment: an obviously entranced gringo, awash with amazement at the opportunity to meet Gal Costa. The afternoon seemed endless, with Leo doing his absolute best to translate my questions and her answers back and forth. Through it all, Gal smiled. Leo glowed. I found a new friend that day, and hadn't heard one note of his music.

Since then, there have been many such times, and I've watched his life and career unfold day to day, year after year, success upon success. On the professional side there’s a cornucopia of awards as Brazil's Best Instrumental Performer – for the past 15 years!

In his native country, he's been known as Brazil’s David Sanborn. In the US he's "Leo from Rio." However you know him, this week you’ll have the chance to know him a little better: through his music and by spending a few minutes catching up with Leo’s answers to our ’10 Questions’ article on the Brazil Club home page.


- Scott Adams

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'Brazilian Jazzmasters - Saxophonist Leo Gandelman'

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Conmigo<>Daniela Mercury & Deodato/We All Ennio

Killer Joe<>Antonio Adolfo/Tropical Infinito

Baubles, Bangles & Beads<>Laura Fygi/Laura Fygi

Welcome to the Brazil Club Lounge                     

Me Deixa Em Paz<>Leo Gandelman/Black Pearls

Special Announcment

O Que E Que Tem<>Ana Clara/Abencoada


Set 2:

Introduce Our Next Set

Easy Ridin’<>Leo Gandelman/Western World

Café Jobim<>Lawson Rollins/Infinita

Introduce Next Song

Copa<>Wanda Sa/After Dark Bossa Grooves

Rise<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

Somewhere In The Hills<>Natalie Cole/Encanto


Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Ate Hoje (Until Today)<>Leo Gandelman/Demo

Namarado<> Roberto Vally & Fabiana Passoni/Pure Lines

Now That The Summers Here<>Michael Franks/Time Together


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Hour 2:

Set 1:

Planador<><Gabriel Martins/Mergulho

Friday Song<>Alexia Bomtempo/Astrolabio

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Nos E O Mar<>Doris Monteiro/ Bossa Nova Sua Historia

Giraffe In Green<>Jun Miyake/Post Modern Bossa

Solar<>Leo Gandelman/Solar

Special Announcement

Lonely<>Bebel Gilberto/Tanto Tempo


Set 2:

Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Milton Nascimento

Vera Cruz<>Milton Nascimento/Courage

Beleza e Canção<>Milton Nascimento/Pieta

Introduce Next Song

A Ra'<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul


Sambacu<>Pete Escovedo/E Street


Set 3:

Sax Talk<>Leo Gandelman/Solar

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Next Week: We'll turn to another Carioca, guitarist Ricardo Silveira as part of June's 'Brazilian Jazzmasters' theme. It’s a show you won’t want to miss!

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Featured Station Broadcast dates: 

06/21 3:00 pm CT Wednesday: Streaming debut at Brazil Club

06/21 7:00 pm ET Wednesday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM

06/23 8:00 pm ET Friday: Jazz City Radio

06/24 6:00 pm CT Saturday: Chat Box 'Meet Up', BrazilCubUSA.com

06/24 11:00 pm ET Saturday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

06/25 10:00 am ET Sunday: Lite Mix 105 HD2 Indianapolis

06/25 10:00 am ET Sunday: Mix 105

06/25 12:00 pm CT Sunday: Smooth Jazz Expressions

06/25 2:00 pm CT Sunday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago

06/25 5:00 pm ET Sunday: Downtown Dayton Radio

06/25 7:00 pm ET Sunday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM

06/25 8:00 pm ET Sunday: WHJZ New Buffalo

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