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I mentioned in this space the other day that “personal distractions” were among the things that had kept me from posting for three weeks. The main one is the fact that I have fallen in love.  The woman in question is Cheril Mulligan, a theater-and-film buff from and lifelong resident of Long Island. We became acquainted through Twitter, on which she tweets under a pseudonym, and “Three on the Aisle,” the theatrical podcast that I do with Peter Marks and Elisabeth Vincentelli. We got to k...
Tags: Art, Stephen Sondheim, Manhattan, Adam Driver, Long Island, Ajblogs, HILARY, Liv Tyler, Bill Evans, John Hiatt, Noah Baumbach, Joao Gilberto, Rio Bravo, Cheril, Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Forgotten Black Musician Who Helped Create Bossa Nova

João Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim were just two of many Brazilian musicians who considered pianist-singer-composer Johnny Alf a genius and his “Rapaz de Bem” the first bossa nova song. So why isn’t he as famous as they are? Racism was certainly a factor, but not the only one. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Johnny Alf, 08.04.20, Rapaz de Bem

Why “The Girl from Ipanema”‘ Is a Richer & Weirder Song Than You Ever Realized

Say what you want about YouTube’s negative effects (endless soy faces, influencers, its devious and fascist-leaning algorithms) but it has offered to creators a space in which to indulge. And that’s one of the reasons I’ve been a fan of Adam Neely’s work. A jazz musician and a former student at both the Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, his YouTube channel is a must for those with an interest in the how and why of music theory. If not for Neely’s talent and YouT...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, John Cleese, Harvard, Rio De Janeiro, Cole Porter, Ipanema, Stan Getz, Berklee College of Music, Facebook Twitter, Duke Ellington, David Sedaris, Leonard Bernstein, Neely

Carlos Lyra: Além da Bossa

In the late 1950s, Rio de Janeiro experienced enormous optimism. North American trade was on the rise, and the advent of jet travel between Brazil, France and the U.S. boosted tourism. Business at the city's hotels, lounges and restaurants soared. Throughout Rio, a new form of music was stirring. The home-grown sound was more jazz-romantic and folk-centric than the whistle-infused samba. It also was more intimate and sophisticated, and celebrated the sensuality and cool of the young beach crowd...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, California, Brazil, Jazz, Rio De Janeiro, West Coast, Flamengo, Rio, Ipanema, Copacabana, West Hollywood, Carlos, Vinicius de Moraes, Roberto Menescal, Brazil France

Renata Zeiguer – “Chega de Saudade” (João Gilberto Cover)

Last year, Renata Zeiguer released her very good debut album, Old Ghost, and today the Brooklyn-based musician has announced a follow-up tape/digital EP called Faraway Business. It'll include two alternate takes of songs off her debut and two new covers, one of Willie Nelson and another of João Gilberto, the bossa nova music … More »
Tags: Music, Brooklyn, Willie Nelson, Joao Gilberto, Renata Zeiguer

Interview: Chuck Israels

Bassist Chuck Israels is probably best known for his work in the Bill Evans Trio between 1961 and 1966—a golden, delicate period for Evans. But Chuck also played with Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Hampton, Hawes, Dave Pike, Gerry Mulligan and many other jazz greats. Chuck also has had a vast playing and recording career as a leader of his own groups. On March 6, Chuck will be in New York for a rare performance at Dizzy's Coca-Cola (go here). The Chuck Israels Sextet features Chuck on...
Tags: Europe, Chuck, John Lewis, New York, Hollywood, Sweden, Boston, Billie, Bbc, Mit, Harvard, Atlantic, Bob Dylan, Bud, Paris, Broadway

Birth of American Bossa Nova

One of America's first champions of Brazilian bossa nova was Felix Grant (above). A jazz disc jockey in Washington D.C., Grant hosted The Album Sound on WMAL. His voice had a soft, sophisticated on-air sound that caught the ear of listeners. Among those tuning into his show in 1960 was Dr. João Oliveira Santos, an economist and head of the International Coffee Agreement, a Brazilian trade group. A fan of Grant's show, he introduced Grant to his brother, Paulo Santos, a disc jockey in Rio de Jan...
Tags: Washington, America, Brazil, Jazz, South America, State Department, Cia, Fidel Castro, Grant, Rhode Island, Santos, Rio, Eastern Europe, Odeon, Stan Getz, Carnegie Hall

John Malveaux: Resonance Records resurrects jazz history...with Eric Dolphy

RESONANCE co-president Zev Feldman with a copy of “Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet.” John Malveaux   of   forwards this: The Los Angeles Times 20 Jan 2019By Randall Roberts The story of “Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet” begins in a suitcase. It’s 1964, and the Los Angeles born jazz multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, then living in New York and at the peak of his alto-sax-blowing powers, is headed overseas. Known fo...
Tags: New York, France, Berlin, Religion, Los Angeles, Paris, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Times, Montgomery, Jaco Pastorius, Wes Montgomery, Resonance Records, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, James Newton

Interview 2018: Marcos Valle

Next week, the legendary bossa nova pianist, singer and composer Marcos Valle will make his only New York appearance this year at Birdland. Joining him will be singer Paula Morelenbaum and cellist Jacques Morelenbaum. They toured with Antonio Carlos Jobim between 1984 and 1994. The BossaBrasil spectacular at Birdland—from May 29 to June 2—is being produced by the exceptional Pat Philips-Stratta, who each year brings Marcos and other bossa legacy artists to the club for a taste of toasty Rio de...
Tags: Europe, New York, Brazil, Jazz, Rio De Janeiro, Rio, Patricia, Moreno, Paula, Roberto Menescal, Takai, Birdland, Jacques, Edu, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Marcos

Cool Girls Love This Under-the-Radar Shopping Site

There's something misleading about the idea of "not caring about trends." It suggests you're either totally tuned out of the fashion conversation—getting dressed each morning in a mirrorless room and waiting in line at CVS without glancing at the magazine covers—or donning a 10-inch corsage with a Carrie Bradshaw–like determination to make your own outlandish fashion statement.I'd argue it's neither of these, and it's not about ignoring trends at all: It's more like a casual shrug-off of whateve...
Tags: Fashion, Vivienne Westwood, Harper, Cvs, Bazaar, Bon Iver, Carrie Bradshaw, Joao Gilberto, Balenciaga, Shopping Picks, Natalie Cantell, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Lainy Hedaya New York

Videos: Bossa Nova Legends

Well, it's Friday once again. So let's tilt our seats back, put up our feet and jet down to Rio. Here are four fab videos of bossa nova founders that I found surfing around on YouTube yesterday: Here's Luiz Bonfa playing his Batucada, Tenderly, Manhã de Carnaval and Menina Flor... Here's João Gilberto playing his Desafinado... Here's Roberto Menescal and Nara Leão playing O Barquinho, O Pato and Manhã de Carnaval... And here's Carlos Lyra with his daughter Kay some years ago singing hi...
Tags: Jazz, Kay, Roberto Menescal, Joao Gilberto, Marc Myers, Luiz Bonfá, Carlos Lyra, Kay Lyra, Nara Leão, Rio Here, Batucada Tenderly Manhã de Carnaval, Menina Flor Here, Wanda Sa

Miles Davis Dishes Dirt on His Fellow Jazz Musicians: “The Trombone Player Should be Shot”; That Ornette is “F-ing Up the Trumpet”

Creative Commons photo by Tom Palumbo The wandering bards of old disappeared when the printing press came to town. So too have the great bandleaders largely vanished in the age of the super producer and jet-setting DJ. But for a time in the jazz and rock worlds, Olympian figures like Frank Zappa and Miles Davis played several important roles: finding and mentoring the best musicians; mastering old forms and making them new again; serving as curators, arbiters, and contrarians… issuing loud pron...
Tags: Google, Music, Florida, John Lewis, College, Neil Young, Davis, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, John, ANN, Frank Zappa, Hamilton, Miles, Charles Mingus, Stan Getz

Claus Ogerman (1930-2016)

Claus Ogerman, an achingly beautiful jazz-pop orchestral arranger whose signature sound behind singers and instrumentalists featured violins scored in a high register with the violas, cellos and bass playing sensually voiced chords below, died in Germany on March 8. He was 85. News of Ogerman’s passing more than seven moths ago seems to have escaped traditional media in the States and other countries largely because his family was unavailable by phone to officially confirm his death. His fam...
Tags: Germany, Brazil, Jazz, John, States, Warner Bros, Cleveland, Creed, Frank Sinatra, Vermont, MGM, Nelson, Chet Baker, Spencer, Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz

Far Out Recordings - A1 OBNOXIUS

Originally released in 1970 on the Quartin label, “Obnoxius” by Brazil’s Jose Mauro is a graceful, elegant, and brooding orchestral gem that easily sits alongside the work of the masters João Gilberto and Marcos Valle. September music at… (in post Diggin’ This: Jose Mauro – “Obnoxius” from Dan Digs. More by this artist at )
Tags: Music, Brazil, Joao Gilberto, Marcos Valle

‘The Girl From Ipanema’ Goes Walking Again, With Gisele Bündchen’s Help

Thanks to the supermodel’s strut during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, the 1963 bossa nova tune has found new life.
Tags: Brazil, Ipanema, Stan Getz, Gisele Bündchen, Gisele, Vinicius de Moraes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Bündchen

An Olympian Night Life: Rio de Janeiro's Ten Best Clubs for Live Music

Rio de Janeiro has one of the most vibrant musical scenes on the planet, and includes both the incredible street celebration of Carnaval and a multitude of nightclubs for all tastes. Cariocas (natives of Rio) are generally gregarious, love music and aren't shy about dancing, and the city's nightlife is dynamic. Many of the hottest music spots are in the historic neighborhood of Lapa, a once neglected area that has been transformed into a musical mecca. Rio is associated with the birth of samba, ...
Tags: Amazon, News, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Huffington Post, Centro, Rio, Ipanema, Mpb, Copacabana, Samba, Don, Recife, Leo Gandelman, GEMA, Vinicius de Moraes

Azealia Banks – “Chega De Saudade”

If you look at our tag for Azealia Banks you'll see as many social media attacks and blunders as songs, videos, and things that actually pertain to music. Since dropping Slay-Z a few months ago (which is really good in spots), she's received a lesson in feminism and etiquette from Sarah Palin … More »
Tags: Music, Azealia Banks, Mp3s, Sarah Palin, Joao Gilberto

LIVE: Bebel Gilberto @ The Egg, 2/20/16

"I thought I was coming to warm up you guys, but you are warming up myself," Bebel Gilberto said after a gentle and soulful opening rendition of the Chico Buarque composition "Samba E Amor." Her name alone carries tons of weight - her father, Joao Gilberto, is one of the architects of the Brazilian bossa nova/jazz idiom, and she has a lot to hold up to.
Tags: Bebel Gilberto, Joao Gilberto, Chico Buarque

Getz/Gilberto '76

Stan Getz wasn't comfortable with the bossa nova. When he flew down to Washington, D.C., from New York in February 1962 with Verve producer Creed Taylor to record Jazz Samba, he did it as a favor to Creed. Guitarist Charlie Byrd needed a big name on the album to help give ita shot at the Billboard charts. Creed was right. When Jazz Samba was released, the album went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, and Getz won the Grammy in 1963 for Best Jazz Performance for the Desafinado track. Getz di...
Tags: New York, Washington, San Francisco, Denmark, Creed, Irs, Columbia, Ipanema, Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, Monica, Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Rudy Van Gelder, Gilberto, Joao Gilberto

listen to John Williams' score for 'The Force Awakens' & Ennio Morricone's score for 'The Hateful Eight'

by Bill Pearis You may not have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet (it only opened yesterday) and you probably haven't seen Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (it opens on Christmas Day) but you can listen to those two films' scores right now. John Williams has composed the score for every Star Wars movie to date and his work on The Force Awakens incorporates his classic pieces for the series as well as stirring new themes. As mentioned, Ennio Morricone composed The Hateful Eight scor...
Tags: Spotify, Bill Murray, Quentin Tarantino, Jack White, John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Roy Orbison, John Carpenter, Bill Pearis You, Joao Gilberto