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Bossa Nova

Black Orfeus: Samba at the Thalia

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Marcel Camus' 1959 Golden Palme winner Black Orpheus is a study in filmmaking genius. Set against the background of Carnival in Rio in one of the out...

Summer in New York City: Keep Cool With Brazilian Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 07.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marty Lipp

Though she is uncomfortable with the label, Bebel Gilberto is, for many folks, bossa nova royalty: Her father, Joao Gilberto is arguably the founder of the quiet sophisticated distillation of samba, and her mother is the singer Miucha

Music for the Mythical Brazil

Marty Lipp | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Marty Lipp

The World Cup lets us non-Brazilians (and some Brazilians) bask for a moment again in the mythical Brazil -- land of dazzling futbol, beautiful beaches, sultry supermodels and supernatural jungles, all moving to a samba beat.

Before You Head Over To Brazil: 2014 World Cup, Samba and Sergio!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Travel
Marlon Regis

Over 200,000 people from the United States alone, will be traveling to Brazil this summer for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, while another quarter-million...

Luciana Souza: A Bossa Nova Baby Makes Her Mark in the Jazz Realm

Chris McGowan | Posted 03.06.2014 | Arts
Chris McGowan

She's a vocalist who once said "each phrase for me has a certain gestalt" and she invites you to savor both the notes and the spaces between them. Souza is spectacular in a João Gilberto kind of way -- you have to listen attentively to fully appreciate all the nuances.

Brazilian Harpist Cristina Braga Explores Samba, Jazz and Love

Chris McGowan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Chris McGowan

The first recordings of samba occurred nearly one hundred years ago and of bossa nova more than fifty years ago. Neither genre has ever been associated with the harp, but lately the venerable stringed instrument has expanded its presence in Brazilian popular music thanks to Cristina Braga.

Performance Review: Infinite While it Lasts Serves Samba, Sex, and Saudade on Avenue C

Zach Udko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

In a dimly lit wine bar on the eastern edge of Manhattan, a troupe of seven unabashed performers are steaming up the room with the spirit of Brazil. Infinite While It Lasts is an immersive sensual experience in which passion triumphs over pretension.

Remedy for Government Shutdown Blues? Jazz

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.

An Atypical Brazilian Pop Star Listens to Her Inner Voice for New Album

Marty Lipp | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

In the high-energy world of Brazilian popular music, Marisa Monte has always stood apart -- a pensive pop star more interested in making beauty than shaking booty.

I Thought About You: A Conversation With Eliane Elias, Plus The Wilderness of Manitoba's 'Head and Heart' Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Eliane! Let's talk about your new album, I Thought About You and all things Eliane Elias. First, can you tell us about yourself and how you got into music?

50th Anniversary Of Second Most Recorded Song In Pop History

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 07.20.2012 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO -- "Tall and tan and young and lovely..." You've heard of her. The Girl From Ipanema. You might have come across the bossa nova classi...

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday

Chris McGowan | Posted 06.17.2012 | Arts
Chris McGowan

2012-04-17-StanGetzJoeCharlie111111.jpg Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd's album Jazz Samba, which launched the bossa nova craze in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

A Getaway Weekend In Rio de Janeiro

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.18.2012 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Rio is rich with more than shopping, eating and people-watching. There is a thriving arts, cultural and nightlife experience in all sectors of the city.

Where the 'Rio' Inspired Can Go for More Brazilian Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 12.14.2011 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Turns out that Rio has sparked interest in Brazilian music and Rio's carnival. But where are the Rio-curious to go?

Two Musical Giants Left Us On December 8: Lennon & Jobim

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris McGowan

Their songs were the soundtracks for generations who lived during days when it seemed as though anything were possible and a great leap forward was about to occur.

HuffPost Review: Michael Jackson's Vision, Plus A Conversation With Brazilian Sensation Bebel Gilberto

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This 35-track, triple disc DVD collection is such an important and significant pop-culture package that it might scare your unsuspecting holiday recipient into thinking you're saying something more than merely Happy Whatever.

Having Fun With Serious Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marty Lipp

With his impish humor, penchant for odd sounds, and relentless tinkering with the aural landscape of his songs, Tom Zé seems to be in a separate orbit than his Brazilian contemporaries.

The Best Generic Speech Ever

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Thank you ladies, gentlemen, and prospective donors, remote viewing audiences, readers, and tweeters, for joining me standing, sitting, lying here as your candidate for elected office, civic duty, greased chute to Swellsville.

A Tiger Suit, Junip & Great Companions: Conversations with KT Tunstall, Dar Williams, and José González, plus a KT Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.27.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Forty Years On, Frank Sinatra's Great Lost Album Finally Surfaces

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

It's been almost a dozen years since Frank Sinatra, the singer, actor and entertainer, breathed his last. But while Ol' Blue Eyes may be copping the eternal nod, the Frank Sinatra industry is alive, well and ring-a-ding dinging.

Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Lauri Lyons

While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: 50 Years of Sublime Music

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris McGowan

Bossa Nova has been celebrating its fiftieth birthday in grand style this year, with commemorations having taken place in Brazil, the U.S. and other countries.