Unwrapping A Brazilian Christmas

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/19/2017 - 02:16 pm

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Raise A Cup of Christmas Cheer to Oscar

I’ll happily admit that I enjoy creating every weekly program for The Sounds of Brazil!; a lot of thought and care is put into each one. But our annual ‘Brazilian Christmas’ show is ultimately one of my favorites, and this December marks its 23rd consecutive year.

We have guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves to thank for it all. In 1996, he created a new music label with his talented friend Miles Goodman, and they set out on their first project, a groundbreaking album of traditional Christmas songs set in the Brazilian style.

Oscar, who was for many years the musical director for Sergio Mendes, invited many of Brazil’s top musicians to join in: saxophonist Leo Gandelman, Joyce, João Bosco, guitarists Ricardo Silveira and Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Ivan Lins, keyboardist Gilson Peranzzetta, Bebel Gilberto and rhythm makers Tutty Moreno, Têo Lima and Marçal. The resulting album was magical, an inspiring blend of vocals in English and Portuguese, with instrumentals to match.

Sadly, Goodman passed away shortly before the album’s October release and the label shut down, leaving only several thousand pressings of the CD available for fans to add to their collections. Few copies still remain and legal entanglements have kept the album from reissue, digital or otherwise. You can read more about this special recording here.



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My Gift (and my thanks) To You 

Back then, The Sounds of Brazil was in its fourth year at WNUA in Chicago and had begun to be syndicated nationally.  Our first ‘Brazilian Christmas’ show aired on December 21, 1996 in more than a dozen US cities and the response was overwhelming. A few years later our Christmas tradition expanded to the internet to reach Brazilian friends and families worldwide: each year I receive messages from Brazilians living away from their homeland, who write with their appreciation of having a musical touch of home for the holidays.

Just like Oscar’s album, these Christmas themes reflect my approach to Brazilian music and culture - instrumentals and vocals sung in Portuguese and English are performed by Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike - a true celebration of the special relationship that Brazil shares with the world.

This Brazilian Christmas tradition is also a musical way for me to say 'thank you' to the many Brazilian communities we serve through Brazil Club - here in the US, in Brazil, and worldwide.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

~ Scott Adams

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This Week on The Sounds of Brazil : 'A Brazilian Christmas'

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12/20 3:00 pm CT Wednesday: Streaming debut at Brazil Club

12/20 5:00 pm ET Wednesday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM (encore)

12/22 8:00 pm ET Friday: Jazz City Radio

12/23 6:00 pm CT Saturday: Chat Box 'Meet Up', BrazilCubUSA.com

12/24 10:00 am ET Sunday: Mix 105

12/24 12:00 pm CT Sunday: Smooth Jazz Expressions

12/24 2:00 pm CT Sunday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago

12/24 5:00 pm ET Sunday: Downtown Dayton Radio

12/24 7:00 pm ET Sunday: Brasil Radio 93.1 FM + 810 AM

12/24 8:00 pm ET Sunday: WHJZ New Buffalo

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