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Liner Notes Legacy - A Twist of Jobim

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 11/20/2017 - 03:41 pm

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Back in the Fall of 1996, Lee Ritenour called to ask if I would be interested in writing the liner notes for an upcoming album tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim had passed away two years earlier in New York and his death came as a shock to the nation of Brazil and also for the jazz world. It didn't take long for tribute albums to find their way to fans worldwide. After all, Antonio Carlos Jobim is still considere ...

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The Sounds of Brazil's 'Meet & Greet'...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 08/04/2017 - 12:35 am

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Remembering The Sounds of Brazil on WNUA 95.5 Chicago
25 year ago, it now seems that those first few weeks with WNUA were busy ones. The Sounds of Brazil’s July 25th, 1992 debut was enough of a success for the station and listeners that only a few days later, I was approached by Program Director Lee Hansen with news of an event that the station invited me to host.
“It’s a ‘meet and greet’ for Sergio Mendes and a chance to give The Sounds of Brazil ...

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The Sounds of Brazil - How It All Beg...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/25/2017 - 04:43 pm

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A Milestone Moment for our 25th Anniversary
The Sounds of Brazil made its broadcast debut on Smooth Jazz WNUA 95.5 25 years ago today, July 25th, 1992. This week, I’m marking the occasion by recreating the original playlist from the show, song by song.
For Chicago’s Smooth Jazz fans, WNUA grew to become a defining moment in our musical lives, and when the station signed on back in the summer of 1987, I became a fan, too.
Months before, I had experienced Rio de Janeiro for ...

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Brazilian Break: 30 Year Careers for ...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 04/08/2017 - 11:48 am

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2017 Is A 'Milestones' Year
The Sounds of Brazil kicked off its year-long 25th anniversary celebration this week, but two of our favorite MPB stars are living milestone years in 2017, too: both Marisa Monte and saxophonist Leo Gandelman have careers that have reached the 30-year mark.


 
Marisa Monte
For Monte (who cut her teeth working the Zona Sul culture club circuit in mid-80’s Rio), the start for one of Brazil’s most amazing musical careers began with a si ...

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Thank You For 25 Years... And Counting

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 04/05/2017 - 03:25 pm

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Thank You For 25 Years... And Counting

The Sounds of Brazil made its broadcast debut on 90.9 FM WDCB exactly 25 years ago today. We'll celebrate by recreating that very first playlist in the exact order it was presented on April 5th, 1992.
The time was right. Many of today's established Brazilian jazz stars were just starting out with their careers, and several had already been signed to Verve Records by virtue of their years at Berklee School of music in Boston. S ...

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12 Days of Samba-Day 02: Was Joao Gil...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/15/2016 - 01:33 pm

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“Champagne, women and music, here I come!” – João Gilberto, 1948.
Even when he was 18, the future ‘Father of Bossa Nova’ knew what he wanted and what awaited him in Rio de Janeiro: Samba was already well into its third decade and had found a new, more sophisticated style for the radio shows and nightclubs in Zona Sul.
The love-lost melancholy of the Samba-Cançáo mimicked elements of Argentina’s Tango, the sexy Cuban Bolero ...

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12 Days of Samba-Day 01: An Introduction

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/14/2016 - 09:07 pm

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Ten years ago, Chicago singer Miguel de Leon asked me to help him arrange a recording session in Rio de Janeiro. He wanted the best. So, I put in a call to saxophonist Leo Gandelman and several months later a copy of Miguel’s ‘Postcards From Rio’ album landed on my desk and then onto The Sounds of Brazil’s playlist. Leo’s production was excellent (he’s also produced landmark albums for Gal Costa, Marina Lima and others) and Miguel de Leon went ...

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A Birthday Salute to Noel Rosa, Samba...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/10/2016 - 01:44 pm

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A Birthday Salute to Noel Rosa, Samba’s Pioneering Composer
Noel de Medeiros Rosa was born on December 11, 1910 in Rio de Janeiro. During his short and tumultuous life, his songwriting and musical skills with the guitar and mandolin made him one of the greatest names in Brazilian popular music, and pioneer of modern Samba.
Noel gave a new twist to samba, combining its Afro-Brazilian roots with a more urban, witty language and making it a vehicle for ironic social commentary. Many re ...

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Samba's First Song Celebrates 100 Years

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/10/2016 - 01:37 pm

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Samba's First Song Celebrates 100 Years
Samba is Brazil’s national rhythm and a defining part of Brazilian national identity, woven into 100 years of Brazilian song. It came to life not far from the Rio de Janeiro recording studios where Miguel de León spent the better part of August, busy creating The Malandro Project.
Just as it did more than a century ago the urban neighborhood called Estácio sits on the hills overlooking the location of Samba’s birth: a small ...

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100 Years of Samba: An Introduction

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/10/2016 - 01:20 pm

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100 Years of Samba: An Introduction
Today, Praça Onze is marked by a metro station only a block or two from Rio’s Sambadrome. But in 1916 Samba’s very first hit song was composed nearby. An iconic character emerged from that neighborhood: Brazil’s charming rascal, the Malandro.
100 years later, Miguel de Leon has returned to Rio de Janeiro to record a new album celebrating the spirit of the Malandro during Samba’s milestone anniversary.
Charming, roughish a ...

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