Brazil. Home of an infectious rhythm, the Samba; an enchanted city, Rio; and a remarkable musician you won´t soon forget, ANA CARAM.
But our story begins down in São Paulo, roughly a hundred and fifty miles from Rio. October 1st, 1958 to be exact. Ana is born into a very musical family. A sensitive child whose natural affinity for all forms of musical expression, hard work and dedication transforms her into an accomplished flutist, guitarist and vocalist, with a degree in composition and conducting from São Paulo University. Next stop, Rio.
Pursuing her career with the same passion and energy as her music, she meets with the Godfather of Brazilian sounds, Antônio Carlos Jobim. Internationally hailed for his haunting melodies, he has been a Brazilian musical hero for over thirty years.
“Ana came to see me in Rio,” Jobim reports. “She played the guitar and sang for me. I could at once see she was a very talented girl.”
And so, Ana began to build a considerable following in Brazil, touring the country and recording. But it was a trip to Finland that eventually led her to New York. While performing at the Sea Jazz Festival, she met Paquito D´Rivera. He then honored Ana with an invitation to sing with his band as part of the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.
That night, a Chesky Records representative was present and mesmerized by her talent and consequently she was hired to record her first album, RIO AFTER DARK, which elicited wonderful reviews from such sources as Stereophile and The New York Times.
Following her smash debut, Chesky released Amazônia and The Other Side of Jobim, a tribute to her musical idol and close friend Antônio Carlos Jobim; Bossa Nova, Maracanã and Postcards from Rio, a collection hilighting her most beloved performances.
On most recent release with Chesky Recods, BLUE BOSSA, Ana Caram celebrates the brilliant marriage between Brazilian song and America’s “Cool Jazz”, resulting in a very cool glimpse into the Bossa Nova scene of a 1960's Jazz club. Blue Bossa features Ana interpreting classic, unforgettable songs from Antônio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Baden Powell and many others in her inimitable style.
Ana Caram has earned much admiration and respect for her beautiful and captivating renditions of these classics in the past, and with Blue Bossa, she continues to perform them with a special brilliance and panache.