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viernes, 28 de agosto de 2009

Artista da Semana (agosto 30- setembro 5) - Carol Saboya

Artista da semana - Carol Saboya





http://www.carolsaboya.com.br/

O ambiente sempre foi musical. Filha do compositor Antônio Adolfo, Carol Saboya foi criada em meio a acordes inspirados, partituras rabiscadas, músicas nascendo: arte em pleno processo de criação.

Aos oito anos registrou sua voz pela primeira vez em dupla com Miéle no compacto A menina e a TV. Ainda menina participou como vocalista de discos de Erasmo Carlos e Ângela Ro Ro. Participou do histórico musical Verde que te quero ver e de trilhas sonoras infantis.

Passou três anos estudando canto nos Estados Unidos, quando participou do CD Brasileiro, de Sérgio Mendes. Na volta ao Brasil gravou com a pianista americana Joyce Collins e participou de um tributo a Aldir Blanc, que se emocionou ao ouvir Carol cantar a música Carta de pedra no Canecão. A menina de voz doce e afinação impecável começou a chamar atenção da mídia.

O aguardado trabalho solo veio em 1998. Produzido por Almir Chediak, Dança da voz garantiu a Carol o Prêmio Sharp de Melhor Cantora Revelação do ano. No ano seguinte se debruçou sobre a obra de Tom Jobim e gravou, acompanhada pelo violão de Nelson faria, o álbum Janelas abertas.

Em 2000 é a vez de visitar o inconsciente coletivo com o repertório cinematográfico de Sessão Passatempo. Ainda nesse ano defendeu Imaginária, de Suely Mesquita e Mário Seve, no Festival da Música Brasileira promovido pela TV Globo.

O álbum seguinte, Presente (2003) retomava a sofisticada e bem sucedida mistura de música pop e tradicional presente no primeiro. Para 2005 Carol prepara um CD inteiramente dedicado ao inspirado letrista Abel Silva, seu primeiro parceiro musical.

Dois anos depois, em setembro de 2005, teve a oportunidade de gravar o seu primeiro DVD ao vivo (ainda em fase de finalização), no Teatro Leblon, com concepção e direção de Paulinho Moska. No show, interpretou músicas dos seus dois discos lançados no Japão Bossa Nova e Nova Bossa e contou com a participação especial de Marcos Valle, Rildo Hora e Os Cariocas.

O primeiro trabalho gravado integralmente com seu pai veio em 2006, quando lançou Antonio Adolfo e Carol Saboya - ao vivo / live. O CD surgiu a partir do show Bossa Nova Forever, um tributo à bossa nova e ao samba-jazz, que fizeram em outubro de 2005, na Universidade de Miami.

Dentre os projetos para o futuro, Carol quer se dedicar à carreira de compositora, firmar as parcerias com Abel Silva (com quem compôs Agora, Amanda, Sim, Olhos tontos) e com Marcelo Moutinho (Quando o verbo é partir) e ainda gravar um disco com as novas criações.

viernes, 21 de agosto de 2009

Artista da Semana ( agosto 23 - 29) - Paula Morelenbaum

Artista da Semana - Paula Morelenbaum



http://www.paulamorelenbaum.com.br/





Foram 10 anos –desde 1984 – cantando ao lado do maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim, participando da gravação dos álbuns "Passarim" (1986-Universal), "Antonio Brasileiro" (1993-Som Livre), "Tom Jobim Inédito” (1995-BMG), “Tom canta Vinicius” (2000- Jobim Music/ Universal) e apresentando-se no Brasil, Japão, Europa, Canadá e Estados Unidos, destacando-se concertos realizados no Carnegie Hall e no Lincoln Center.

Tudo começou 4 anos antes, no grupo vocal Céu da Boca, formado pela carioca Paula Morelenbaum com Maúcha Adnet, Verônica Sabino, Marcia Ruiz, Rosa Lobo, Lidia Sacharny, Ronald Valle, Dalmo Medeiros, Chico Adnet, Paulo Malaguti e Paulo Brandão, com quem gravou os albuns "Céu da Boca" (1981-Polygram) e "Baratotal" (1982-Polygram), e realizou durante esses 4 anos shows por todo o Brasil.

Em 1989 concilia os show com Antonio Carlos Jobim e faz parte da montagem do musical "Lamartine para inglês ver", de Antônio de Bonis, cantando e representando, ao lado dos atores Vera Holtz, Guida Vianna, Fábio Junqueira e Paulo Andrade.

No ano seguinte, iniciou sua carreira solo em Nova York, apresentando-se em diversos clubes de jazz como o Birdland, acompanhada por músicos americanos.

Em 1991 grava o cd Amazonas/Familia Jobim (Som Livre) com a Nova Banda.

Em 1992 acompanhada pelos músicos Igor Eça (baixo), Felipe Poli (guitarra e violão), Daniel Jobim (teclados), Domenico Lancellotti, (bateria) e Luiz Jakka (percussão), lançou seu primeiro álbum solo, "Paula Morelenbaum" (Camerati), produzido por Jaques Morelenbaum, que participou também como instrumentista e arranjador em algumas faixas. O disco inclui canções de Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Rita Lee, Arrigo Barnabé, Paulo Jobim, José Miguel Wisnik, Gershwin, Vinicius de Moraes e Tom Jobim que também participa de duas faixas do cd. Com esse álbum, Paula foi contemplada com o Prêmio Sharp de Música 1993, na categoria "Revelação Feminina Pop-Rock".

Nesse mesmo ano cantou no “Songbook Vinicius de Moraes” e no “Songbook Dorival Caymmi” (Lumiar Discos), produzido por Almir Chediak

Em 1994 realizou o show "Chica-chica-boom-chic", apresentando parte do repertório de Carmem Miranda, numa releitura contemporânea, com arranjos de sua autoria. Excursionou com o show por todo o Brasil.

Em 1995, formou com Paulo Jobim, Daniel Jobim e Jaques Morelenbaum, o Quarteto Jobim Morelenbaum, um quarteto vocal e instrumental de formação camerística aclamado pela crítica e público cujo repertório era baseado na obra de Antonio Carlos Jobim, com arranjos fiéis aos do compositor, perpetuando seu estilo. Paula concilia os shows com a gravidez e em 1996 nasce Dora.

Em 1999 o quarteto lança o álbum "Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum" (Velas/Sony Music) e se apresenta pelo Brasil, Estados Unidos, Europa e Asia.
Nesse mesmo ano Paula atuou ainda no álbum "Smoochy", de Ryuichi Sakamoto, no “Songbook Chico Buarque” (Lumiar Discos), e na trilha sonora de Antonio Pinto para o filme "Menino Maluquinho", de Helvécio Raton.

Em 2001, com Ryuichi Sakamoto e Jaques Morelenbaum formou o trio Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto e com ele gravou os CDs “Casa” (Kab/Universal Music), uma homenagem a Antonio Carlos Jobim, gravado na própria casa do maestro e o CD “Live in Tokyo 2001” (Warner Music Japan), gravado no Akasaka Act Theater, no Japão.

Em 2002 volta a Toquio para o show “Get’s bossa-nova”, que tambem contava com a participação de Roberto Menescal, Marcos Valle Bossacucanova, Moska, e Leny Andrade. Nesse mesmo ano sai em tournee com o trio Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto divulgando o CD “Casa” pelos Estados Unidos e Europa, que é aclamado pela crítica internacional.

Em 2003 o trio gravou o álbum “A Day in New York” (Kab/Universal Music), que assim como a CD “Casa” foi aclamado pela crítica internacional e nacional, em sua tournee de lançamento mundial. Esse último álbum foi agraciado com o Prêmio Tim de Musica 2004 na categoria de “melhor Grupo de MPB”.

Também em 2003 sai o DVD “3 years” (Warner Japan), que ilustra três anos do trio Morelenbaum2 /Sakamoto, em gravações e tournées pelo mundo.
No mesmo ano, Paula participa dos álbuns “Nossa bossa” (BMG) produzido por Celso Fonseca, e “Conversations” (Noon Productions) do grupo holandes Vander Feen, em Amsterdam.

Em 2004, Paula Morelenbaum lança seu segundo álbum solo "Berimbaum" (Mirante/Farol Musica/Universal Music) onde homenageia o "poeta da bossa-nova" Vinicius de Moraes, numa concepção moderna e eletroacústica, que é produzido por ela em parceria com Antonio Pinto, Leo Gandelman, Celso Fonseca, Bossacucanova e Beto Villares. Para apresentar esse trabalho, Paula convidou os musicos Dudu Trentin, teclados e samples; Fernando Caneca, violão; e Alex Fonseca, bateria e samples e excursionou pelo Brasil e pelos principais países da Europa com grande sucesso de público, e obteve críticas excelentes sobre o show e o cd, que além de ter sido lançado no Brasil, na Italia, França, Espanha, Estados Unidos, Argentina, e Chile pela gravadora Universal Music, foi lançado em Portugal pela Farol Música e no Japão pela Columbia Japan.
A música “Tomara”, faixa que abre o álbum, é escolhida pela Rede Globo de Televisão para ser abertura da novela “Começar de novo” 2004/2005.

Em Maio de 2005, Paula divulga o “Berimbaum” em Nova York com dois shows no Joe’s Pub, obtendo uma crítica excelente do jornalista Jon Pareles do “The New York Times” e tambem se apresenta em um show no Museu de Historia Natural de NY produzido pela Ong The Nature Conservancy homenageando o Brasil e o compositor Antonio Carlos Jobim. Em Julho volta a Italia com seu album, para se apresentar em Roma e Palermo, e no final do mês, faz uma serie de oito shows em Toquio, no Blue Note, dessa vez com a participação especial de Jaques Morelenbaum.
Nesse mesmo ano, Paula participa do álbum de George Moustaki, “Vagabond” (Virgin/EMI) cantando com ele a faixa “Tom”, e também da trilha sonora composta por Jaques Morelenbaum para o filme “Paid” do diretor holandes Laurence Lamers cantando “Besame Mucho”. Dentre seus shows mais relevantes, destaca-se o do evento produzido pela ONG WCF, World Childhood Foundation, em São Paulo, com a presença da Rainha Silvia da Suécia, que preside essa Instituição.
O fim desse ano foi coroado com mais uma tournê Européia, onde Paula pode percorrer diferentes cidades ampliando assim a divulgação do seu album “Berimbaum”, que foi lançado em Portugal pela Farol Música, no Brasil, Italia, França, Espanha, Estados Unidos, Argentina, e Chile pela Universal Music, no Japão pela Columbia Japan e mais recentemente na Alemanha, Austria, Escandinávia, e Inglaterra pela Edel Records.

Em 2006 suas mais relevantes performances foram no Festival de México en el Centro Histórico, com seu marido, o cellista Jaques Morelenbaum apresentando o ‘Jaques e Paula Morelenbaum Quinteto’; o show ‘Berimbaum’ com a participação especial de Chico Pinheiro, no Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil em São Paulo; no Helsinki Festival, Helsinki, Finlandia. e a participação no projeto ‘Obra Viva – Baden Powell’ no Sesc Pompéia, em SP.

No início de 2008, Paula finaliza seu novo album “Telecoteco” fruto de sua profunda pesquisa na Musica Pupular Brasileira dos anos 40 e 50, Pré-Bossa Nova, e apresenta vários estilos musicais que tinham uma variante tão rica, talentosa e renovadora como viria a ser a própria Bossa Nova - como os sambas de carnaval antigo, o samba-canção pré-Bossa Nova, incluindo até uma canção norte-americana – que tiveram grande influência na geração dos chamados criadores do movimento, recriadas com um conceito moderno, intergrando o acústico e o eletrônico.
Para “Telecoteco”, Paula conta com uma lista estrelar de Produtores/Arranjadores/ Músicos, como o compositor e pianista japonês Ryuichi Sakamoto; Antonio Pinto, um dos mais requisitados compositores de trilhas sonoras em Hollywood nesses dias, compositor da trilha e temas do filme “Amor no tempo do Cólera” e “Cidade dos Homens” entre outros; Beto Villares, seu parceiro e um fantástico produtor; Leo Gandelman, renomado saxofonista e produtor; o arranjador, produtor, compositor e cellista virtuose Jaques Morelenbaum; Marcelinho Da Lua e Alex Moreira do grupo de Bossacucanova; Gustavo Santaolalla o premiado compositor de trilhas sonoras de filmes como “Babel” entre outros e seu parceiro Juan Compodónico, ambos do grupo argentino Bajofondo; os jovens promissores Chico Pinheiro e Marcos Cunha, respectivamente, violonista e produtor; e dois ícones da Música Popular Brasileira, João Donato e Marcos Valle, dois pilares sustendando e mantendo o frescor e a atualidade da Bossa Nova. Juntos eles recriaram as canções desse novo album, deslocando-as da fossa pré-Bossa Nova para o território dançante da música do século XXI. O show de lançamento do cd - que também saiu no Brasil e em Portugal – teve sua estréia em Tokyo, Japão, com uma temporada no Billboard Live, com seu trio, Pedro Millman, piano acústico e teclados; Marcos Cunha, baixo e violão; Rick De La Torre, bateria e a participação especial de João Donato. Após esses shows, eles também se apresentaram no Rio e São Paulo. A música “Manhã de Carnaval”, faixa que abre o álbum, é escolhida pela Rede Globo de Televisão Brasil, para ser parte da trilha Sonora da novela “Ciranda de Pedra” ;
Também em 2008, Paula se junta a José Miguel Wisnik e Arthur Nestrovisky para uma temporada da aula-show “Vinicius: Palavra e Musica”, e se apresentam em São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro e Natal (RN); esse foi o ano de estréia de Paula como solista de uma Orquestra Sinfônica. Foi em Hannover com a regência de Jaques Morelenbaum e a NDR Pops Oschestra num concerto intitulado Brazil!.
Para coroar 2008, o álbum ‘Telecoteco’, que foi lançado no Japão, Portugal e no Brasil foi eleito pelo jornal O Globo (RJ) como um dos 10 melhores cds do ano.


Antonio Carlos Jobim used to say that his group, Nova Banda, was made up of five beautiful girls, five handsome guys and a dirty old man. Paula Morelenbaum was one of these girls and her husband, Jaques, one of the boys. In the period 1984-1994, Paula toured around the world with Jobim – Brazil, Japan, Europe, Canada, U.S – performing at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, being also featured in the following albums by Jobim: Passarim, Antonio Brasileiro, Tom Jobim – Inédito and Tom canta Vinicius.

It all started four years earlier (1980) as a member of vocal ensemble Céu da Boca, whose lineup was Paula Morelenbaum, Maucha Adnet, Verônica Sabino, Marcia Ruiz, Rosa Lobo, Lidia Sacharny, Ronald Valle, Dalmo Medeiros, Chico Adnet, Paulo Malaguti and Paulo Brandão. The group released the albums Céu da Boca (1981) and Baratotal (1982), having performed extensively in Brazil for five years.

In 1989, besides touring and performing with Antonio Carlos Jobim, she is also featured as singer/actress in the musical production Lamartine para inglêz ver, directed by Antonio de Bonis, in the company of singers/actors Vera Holtz, Guida Vianna, Fábio Junqueira and Paulo Andrade.

In 1991, the Rio-born singer Paula Morelenbaum is featured in the album Amazonas / Família Jobim as a member of Nova Banda. She performs in American jazz clubs, including the famous Birdland, in NYC.

The year 1992 marked the release of her first solo album, Paula Morelenbaum (Camerati), produced by Jaques Morelenbaum, also featured as musician and arranger. Paula is accompanied by Daniel Jobim (keyboards), Felipe Poli (acoustic/electric guitars), Igor Eça (bass), Domenico Lancellotti (drums), Luiz Jakka (percussion). The album contains songs written by Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Rita Lee, Arrigo Barnabé, Paulo Jobim, José Miguel Wisnik, George Gershwin, Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim, who sings and plays in one of the tracks. The album obtained the 1994 Sharp Brazilian Music Award in the category ‘Pop-Rock Revelation’.

In 1993, she is featured in Songbook Vinicius de Moraes and Songbook Dorival Caymmi, producer Almir Chediak.

In 1994, Paula Morelenbaum toured Brazil presenting a musical show titled Chica-chica-boom-chic – contemporary re-readings of Carmen Miranda’s songs in arrangements created by Paula.
In the late ’90s, she integrated the critically acclaimed Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum together with her husband Jaques, Jobim’s son, Paulo, and his son, Daniel – a vocal/instrumental chamber music quartet whose repertoire and arrangements are based on Antonio Carlos Jobim’s musical legacy.

In 1995, Paula Morelenbaum is featured in Ryuichi Sakamoto’s album Smoochy, in Almir Chediak’s Songbook Chico Buarque and in Antonio Pinto’s movie soundtrack Menino Maluquinho, director Helvécio Raton.

The year 1996 marks the birth of her daughter Dora, but Paula happily manages to combine motherly cares with artistic activities.

In 1999, the group recorded a self-titled album, Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum (Velas/Sony Music). Once again, Paula was gracing concert and festival stages in Brazil, Europe, Asia and the U.S.

In the new century, she provided the vocals for the highly acclaimed trio
Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto, teaming her and Jaques with Japanese composer/keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto. The group’s 2001 debut Casa (Kab/Warner Music Japan/Sony Classical/Universal Music) earned them plaudits from music critics throughout the world, followed by another album, Live in Tokyo 2001 (Warner Music Japan), recorded at the Akasaka Act Theater, in Japan.

In 2002, Paula is back in Tokyo for the concert Get’s bossa-nova that also counted with special guests Roberto Menescal, Marcos Valle, Bossacucanova, Paulinho Moska, and Leny Andrade. In this same year, she tours with Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto, promoting the critically acclaimed album Casa in Europe and in the U.S.
This was followed up in 2003 by the release of A Day in New York (Kab/Sony Classical/Universal Music/Warner Music Japan), recorded in NYC in one single day, after the trio’s first world tour. The CD earned them the 2004 Tim Brazilian Music Award in the category ‘Best Brazilian Music Group’.

The DVD 3 years (Warner Japan) 2003, illustrates the 3-year career of trio Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto with snapshots and excerpts from rehearsals, recordings, performances and casual, off-the-record moments captured around the world in studios, stages and on the road.

In the same year, Paula is featured as a special guest appearance in the albums Nossa Bossa (BMG), produced by Celso Fonseca, and Conversations (Noon Productions), recorded in Amsterdam by Dutch group Vander Feen.
In 2004, Paula Morelenbaum released her second solo album, Berimbaum, (Mirante/Universal Music/Columbia), a tribute to the ‘poet of bossa nova’, Vinicius de Moraes. Framed within a modern, electro-acoustic concept, it has garnered warm acceptance both from the public and critics. The album was produced by Paula Morelenbaum in collaboration with Antonio Pinto, Leo Gandelman, Celso Fonseca, Bossacucanova and Beto Villares. For the live performances, Paula invited musicians Dudu Trentin (keyboards/samples), Fernando Caneca (acoustic guitar) and Alex Fonseca (drums/samples). The group has toured in Brazil and in Europe reaping wide acclaim and amassing excellent reviews for the concerts and the CD (released in Brazil, Italy, France, Spain, U.S., Argentina and Chile by Universal Music, in Portugal by Farol Música, and in Japan by Columbia Japan).
Now the time is ripe for Paula to step out on her own and earn her rightful place as one of the premiere interpreters of Brazilian popular music.
The opening track, Tomara, was the main musical theme of TV Globo’s prime-time soap opera Começar de novo, aired in 2004-05.

In May 2005, Paula Morelenbaum promotes the release of Berimbaum in New York City with two concerts at Joe’s Pub that deserved an enthusiastic review penned by New York Times’ critic Jon Pareles. She also presented a concert at the New York Museum of Natural History – an homage to Brazil and to composer Antonio Carlos Jobim – produced by non-governmental organization The Nature Conservancy. In July, Paula is in Italy to promote her latest album, with performances booked in Rome and Palermo. By the end of the month, Paula is performing in a series of eight concerts at the Tokyo Blue Note, this time with Jaques Morelenbaum’s special guest. participation.

In the same year, Paula is featured as a special guest appearance in the album ‘Vagabond’ (Virgin/EMI) by George Moustaki and in Jaques Morelenbaum’s movie soundtrack ‘Paid’, director Laurence Lamers. Among her most relevant concerts we can emphasize the one produced by the fundraising organization WCF, World Childhood Foundation, in São Paulo, with the presence of Queen Silvia of Sweden that founded it.

The end of this year was crowned by another European tour where Paula could visit other cities, thus expanding the promotion of her album ‘Berimbaum’, that was released in Portugal by Farol Música, in Brazil, Italy, France, Spain, United States, Argentina and Chile by Universal Music, in Japan by Columbia Japan, and more recently in German, Austria, Scandinavian and England by Edel Records.

In 2006 her most relevant performances were at Festival de Mexico en el Centro Histórico besides her husband, the cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, featuring the Jaques & Paula Morelenbaum Quinteto; the ‘Berimbaum’ Concert, with the special guest Chico Pinheiro at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo and at Helsinki Festival, Helsinki, Finland; and her performance in the project ‘Obra Viva – Baden Powell’ at Sesc, in São Paulo.

In the beginning of 2008, Paula finishes her new álbum ‘Telecoteco’, resulted by a profound research of her on the ‘Brazilian Popular Music’ of the 40s and 50s - the Pre-Bossa Nova period - and presents many musical styles that had a rich, talent-studded and renovating musical segment, just as Bossa-Nova itself would eventually become, like the old carnival samba, the samba songs pre-bossa-nova, then called samba-canção, including an American pop/jazz standard - other source acted in a decisive way - that have exerted wide influence in the generation of Bossa Nova musicians, re-created now within a modern concept framework integrating acoustic and electronic sounds.
For ‘Telecoteco’, Paula has assembled a stellar list of musical partners and collaborators such as Japanese composer and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto; Antonio Pinto, one of the most in demand soundtrack composers in Hollywood these days having recently scored the theme from "Love In Times Of Cholera" and “Central Station” between others; Beto Villares his musical partner and a superb producer as well; Leo Gandelman, Brazil's premier saxophonist/producer; composer/arranger/producer and cello virtuoso Jaques Morelenbaum; Marcelinho Da Lua and Alexandre Moreira both from the new electronic Bossa group Bossacucanova; soundtrack maestro Gustavo Santaolalla (“Babel” between others) and his musical partner Juan Compodónico, both founding members of the electronic Tango group Bajofondo; and finally two iconic figures of Bossa Nova, pianist João Donato and composer Marcos Valle, who are two pillars in keeping Bossa-Nova so alive fresh and up to date.
The first live concerts for the cd release - that also was released in Brazil and Portugal - was in Tokyo, Japan in the Billboard Live season with her trio: Pedro Millman, acoustic piano and keyboards; Marcos Cunha, bass and acoustic guitar; Rick De La Torre, drums; and the special guest João Donato.

After these concerts, they also performed in Rio and São Paulo. The opening track, Manha de Carnaval, was part of the soundtrack of TV Globo’s prime-time soap opera Ciranda de Pedra, aired in this same year.
Also in 2008 Paula meets José Miguel Wisnik and Arthur Nestrovsky for the workshop-concert season “Vinicius: Palavra e Musica”, in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Natal (RN).
This year was the Paula’s debut like soloist in a Symphonic Orchestra. It was in Hannover, with the regency of Jaques Morelenbaum and the NDR Pops Orchestra in a concert entitled Brazil!.
The end of 2008 was crowded with a good news. The album ‘Telecoteco’ that was released in Japan, Portugal and Brazil, was considered by the O GLOBO (RJ) newspaper’s like one of the 10 best of the year.

Artista da Semana - Paula Morelenbaum - Jazz and Bossa

Artista da Semana - Paula Morelenbaum - Jazz and Bossa

sábado, 15 de agosto de 2009

Artista da Semana (agosto 16-22) - Josee Koning

Artista da Semana - Josee Koning



Biography Josee Koning

http://www.joseekoning.com/BRAZ/index.html

Dutch singer Josee Koning has always had a passion for Brazilian music and is well known for her interpretation of the Música Popular Brasileira, not only in the Netherlands but also in Brazil. She started her career in the 1980's and had been working with a wonderful selection of Brazil's finest musicians since 1995.

Josee's latest album Bem Brasiliero for instance, was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with the sublime musicians of Nosso Trio [Nelson Faria (guitar), Ney Conceição (bass) and Kiko Freitas (drums)] and participation of the great João Bosco.

O Trio also participated at her Dutch [!] album Verdronken Vlinder, a tribute to her late husband and great Dutch lyricist Lennaert Nijgh. With this album Josee succeeded in blending beautiful Dutch lyrics with sensitive Brazilian chords and rythms. The result is a delightful album, that proves that music is universal when it is performed by full-hearted super musicians.

Josee Koning's cooperation with Brazilian musicians started off in 1995 with her first solo-album Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was recorded in Los Angeles, and produced and arranged by the famous Brazilian Dori Caymmi who also worked with stars like Sarah Vaughan, Herbie Hancock and Elis Regina. In April 1996 Josee even shared the stage with Dori and his also famous musical family in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In October 1998 Dori Caymmi came to Holland to record Josee's second solo-album entitled Dois Mundos / Two Worlds. In addition he brought his friend, the famous Brazilian singer/composer Ivan Lins to sing some of his famous songs with Josee. The album was successfully released in the Netherlands and Brazil. In 2004 the track Coração Vagabundo was even used for the Brazilian telenovela Seus Olhos.
Ivan Lins has been participating in Josee's musical projects since. He had a leading role in Josee's third album Recorded in Rio, that was recorded in the famous Discover Studio in Rio de Janeiro. This album was arranged and produced by Uruguayan guitar virtuoso Leonardo Amuedo, and featured drummer Teo Lima and accordion wizard Sivuca.

Josee studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory and gained more in-depth knowledge of the Brazilian music and culture, studying in Rio de Janeiro. She teaches Brazilian music at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Discography
* Bem Brasileiro [Coast to Coast, 2007] nominated for Edison Award!!
* Verdronken Vlinder [Artist&Company, 2005]
* Recorded in Rio [Brigadoon Vocal|Sony Music, 2003]
* Dois Mundos [Challenge, 1999 â Holland; Seven Music, 2002 â Brazil]
* Josee Koning e Grupo, live at Nick Vollebregtâs café [1997 â Radio Netherlands]
* Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim [Columbia, 1995]

with Batida
* Live in Caprera [DVD 2007]
* Tudo Bem [Polydor, 1992]
* Terra do Sul [Timeless, 1987]
* Batida [Timeless, 1983]

sábado, 8 de agosto de 2009

Artista da Semana (agosto 9 - 15) - Laura Theodore

Artista da Semana - Laura Theodore



“Laura Theodore has one of the most striking voices in jazz”

Rick Anderson, All Music Guide

“One of the best performances of the year.”

Jeff Cummins, Essex Journal


Laura has recorded five solo CD’s including Tonight’s the Night, which won a Musician Magazine BUBS Award. Her recent release, “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” has garnered rave reviews from fans and critics. Ranging from the Golden Age of Gershwin and Rodgers, and swinging us on to Bacharach and the blues, the songs on this new recording include: Fever, Some of My Best Friends Are the Blues, How Deep Is the Ocean, S’ Wonderful, The Lady is a Tramp, The Very Thought Of You, and I’m In The Mood for Love.

From 1997 –2007 she was host of the popular Manhattan Cable music television show All This Jazz. She has made guest appearances on Good Morning America, Robert Klein Prime Time, Phil Donahue, America’s Talking & the CBS New Year’s Eve Special. Laura has toured throughout the U.S. and performed at numerous major events such as: Night of 100 Stars, Fire & Ice Ball and The American Film Awards.

Laura is also known for her portrayal of Janis Joplin in the Off-Broadway hit, Beehive which earned her a Backstage Bistro Award and for her acclaimed performance as Joplin in the World Premier production of Love, Janis for which she received the Denver Drama Critics Circle Award.

Laura has also done her share of jingles for commercials, including commercials for Jordache Jeans, Playdoh and Nick at Night Television. The diverse singer/actress' first album, Tonight's The Night, came out on the independent Bearcat label; subsequent releases included Live at Vartan Jazz on the Vartan Jazz label, We're Only Human (which was more of an adult contemporary project) on Etherean Music and What Is This Thing Called Jazz? on Bearcat.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Laura grew up in the theatre and was often seen in the East Ohio Gas Television series based on popular fairy tales. Arriving in New York City, she quickly became a favorite on the nightclub scene. She was first discovered by Barney Josephson, owner of the legendary nightclub spot, The Cookery where she appeared on the bill with the late, great Alberta Hunter for a sold out three month run. Laura went on to play the Big Apple’s hottest venues, and headlined in concert under the musical direction of Mr. Mercer Ellington. Laura is the title cut vocalist on producer Jim Steinman’s cult classic Original Sin (which has since been covered by artists such as Meatloaf and Taylor Dayne.)

http://jazznbossa.ning.com/profile/LauraTheodore
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viernes, 7 de agosto de 2009

CD Review: Joe Beck & Laura Theodore - Golden Earrings

CD Review: Joe Beck & Laura Theodore - Golden Earrings



Featured Artist: Joe Beck & Laura Theodore

CD Cover - Buy CD CD Title: Golden Earrings

Year: 2009

Record Label: Whaling City Sound

Style: Jazz Vocals

Musicians: Joe Beck (alto guitar, acoustic guitar), Laura Theodore (vocals)

Review: Joe Beck and Laura Theodore new CD "Golden Earrings" should be a Jazz classic for a lot of reasons. First, it is the last album recorded by Joe Beck before he passed away on July 22, 2008.Beck Was a musician’s musician and his resume includes recordings with Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Gil Evans, Frank Sinatra, James Brown and David Sanborn.

There’s also the chance to hear once again Beck’s invention, the Alto Guitar, a hybrid guitar with two bass strings and four guitar strings. Another reason is Laura Theodore; for those who are not familiar with Laura’s work, she is one of the best singers on the Jazz scene today.

But the main reason is the wonderful music on this album. Golden Earrings is a tribute to the music of another Jazz legend, Peggy Lee.

There’s an undeniable chemistry between Joe Beck and Laura Theodore that shows all trough this CD. Beck use of chords and harmonies played on his alto guitar creates music so full and rich, ideal for Laura’s always soulful vocals.

The beautiful intro on Johnny Guitar is a perfect way to start Golden Earrings. Beck’s guitar and Laura’s enchanting interpretation reminds me of a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack.

Beck an Laura swing on tracks like Why don’t you do right, You was right baby and I can’t believe you’re in love with me. On Take a little time to smile, Laura moves easily between deep and bright tones, playing beautifully with Beck chords and harmonies.

Laura’s vocals on Fever and My small señor, are playful, suggestive and entertaining. Love the use of guitar harmonics by Beck on these songs. Laura has a quality on her voice and phrasing that reminds me of legendary Jazz singers like Ella and Holiday. Yet, she has an unmistakable style and voice. Listen to Solitude, Golden Earrings, When your speak with your eyes and the nice scats on Don’t smoke in Bed.

I specially enjoy the Bossa feeling on I get along without you very well and the bluesy version of I don’t know enough about you, a perfect match for Laura classy and soulful voice.

Golden Earrings contains some of the best Jazz music I’ve heard in recent years. This album is a must have in your Jazz collection.

Tracks: Johnny Guitar, Why don't you do right?, Take a little time to smile, Fever, My Small Señor, Don't smoke in bed, I get along without you very well, You was right baby, I can't believe that you're in love with me, Solitude, Everything is moving too fast, When you speak with your eyes, Golden Earrings, I don't know enough about you, What more can a woman do?, Mañana


Laura Theodore - Golden Earrings



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Reviewed by: Wilbert Sostre

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domingo, 2 de agosto de 2009

Artista da Semana (agosto 2-8) - Jessy J

Artista da Semana - Jessy J



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JESSY J

True Love



True Love. With these two perfectly chosen words, Jessy J has, in unveiling the title of her second Peak Records release, captured the blazing emotions of her legions of fans across the U.S. and Latin America who made her the breakout genre star of 2008.

With her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms, instantly captivating melodies, and model looks, this Mexican American saxophonist/singer proved quite the sensation with her debut CD Tequila Moon, earning her such accolades as Radio and Records "Debut Artist of The Year" and contemporary jazz song of the year by R&R and Billboard for the title track, which stayed perched at #1 for an incredible eight weeks. Adding to the multi-talented artist´s rising star was her cover story in Jazziz Magazine, features in People Espanol, and JazzTimes, to name a few, plus numerous television appearances and radio interviews.

Produced by mega contemporary and urban jazz hitmaker, musician/guitarist and labelmate Paul Brown, (who also produced Tequila Moon), one of the most remarkable aspects of True Love is Jessy´s ongoing commitment to her development as an artist and composer on her own terms. Backed on most tracks by Brown, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Sergio Gonzalez and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia, she puts her unique, multi-cultural stamp on an 10 track mix of vocals and instrumentals that draws from her rich Latin heritage and love for both traditional and contemporary jazz.

Jessy´s soul-bearing search for True Love blossoms into a full on concept that tells a playfully romantic story from start to finish. The sensual and exotic, soundscape kissed "Tropical Rain" forest may be the ideal location to meet that special person and have a sizzling affair that you think, in your state of euphoria, might just last "Forever" (whose sense of peace is conveyed through a dreamy chill and laid back funk vibe). But just when you think you´ve met your "True Love" (a balmy bolero in which Jessy turns on her seductive and swinging jazz charms), he shows his edgy, rebellious and flirtatious side (the retro soul, Michael Jackson, Prince and Santana influenced "Mr. Prince") and you wonder if he´s mature enough to go the distance.

Originally the title track for the 1959 Portuguese language film Orfeu Negro, and later popularized in English by Frank Sinatra as "A Day In the Life Of A Fool," "Morning of the Carnival from Black Orpheus" (aka "Manha De Carnival") not only finds Jessy capturing the cool essence of Astrud Gilberto but also paints an exciting, bustling scene where your lover is looking for you amidst the thousands of patrons. Only you´re not there. In fact, your spirit is miles away, lost "Somewhere in A Dream," a balmy, ethereal tune whose melody, like the musings of the heart, goes round and round. After a few sleepless nights (conveyed via Jessy´s soaring sax melody and straight ahead meets old school soul jazz rhythms of "Jessy´s Blues"), you embrace the future with a refreshed outlook and find an even deeper, truer love on "Llegaste Tu" ("You arrived"), an anthemic, richly percussive Spanish pop-folk anthem composed by Jessy with top Latin producer Pablo Aguirre and Paulina Aguirre. The elegant "Brazilian Dance" features a lush, soulful sax-voice duet between Jessy and the tune´s composer Sergio Aranda. No Jessy J project would be complete without a track that celebrates her Mexican-American roots. With its swirl of flute, guitar, piano and fiery vocal textures, "Baila!" makes it easy to respond to its command to get up and dance.

Jessy has also been making urban jazz fans across the U.S. "Baila" up a storm these past two years as a featured performer with genre greats Gerald Albright, Peter White, Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove and Jeff Golub on the popular 2008-2009 editions of the all-star Guitars and Saxes tours. She has also headlined with her own band several times at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival and at such events as the City of Lights Jazz and Rhythm & Blues Festival in Las Vegas and the 98.1 Anniversary Gaslamp Festival in San Diego. This burgeoning slate of shows complements Jessy´s extensive schedule in the pop and Latin music worlds, where she continues to tour as saxophonist and backing vocalist for pop great Michael Bolton and has played extensively with two of Mexico´s most popular artists, Gloria Trevi (aka "The Madonna of Mexico") and Armando Manzanero (whom Jessy calls "the Mancini of Mexico").

"My favorite part of playing live is connecting with the audience, as if everyone listening is my friend who I´ve invited over for a barbecue at my house or an intimate show in my living room," says Jessy. "Sharing music is a way to create long term relationships with people, and by playing my songs from the heart, I feel like I´m opening a window to my soul and there´s nothing to hide. It´s always been a very special experience as a side person, but the bonds are even greater now that I´m a solo artist performing my own songs. The true joy of playing with Guitars and Saxes is learning from all these great artists and rising to the challenges that come from working with musicians of this caliber."

The Portland, Oregon born, Hemet, California raised performer draws her inspiration naturally from several unique musical wellsprings. Growing up, her Mexican born father and mother, a native of Texas, had parties at their house where festive, live Latin music—including the La Banda music of her dad´s home country--flowed all night long. She was a huge fan of Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, but also loved pop. So when she turned pro after graduating from USC with a degree in jazz studies—she was named "Most Outstanding Jazz Student" of her class--she jumped quickly into recording sessions with artists like Michael Buble and toured with The Temptations (2005-6) and Jessica Simpson.

A true musical prodigy, Jessy J began playing piano at age four and spent most of her childhood as a competitive artist, performing at major conferences, competitions and festivals. These childhood experiences and the discipline and work ethic she gained from them would prove to be a great testing ground for her future career in the industry. Even while working post-USC with so many exciting pop and Latin artists, she was putting together her own band, performing at such L.A. hotspots as The Jazz Bakery and, through her work with the Henry Mancini Institute and Orchestra, performing at numerous official functions and private parties.

In 2004, Jessy joined the cast of the off-Broadway show Blast! and drew on her multitude of skills as an actress, singer, dancer and sax player as she performed throughout the U.S., in London and Tokyo. It was during this time that she started to have a strong desire to write and perform more of her own music. Once she got off the road, her friend, drummer Jamie Tate—a fellow clinician with the Thelonius Monk Jazz Institute—invited her to check out his gig with smooth jazz star Mindi Abair at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, which further inspired Jessy to go after the dream she is now at last fulfilling with Tequila Moon.

The Spanish-speaking saxophonist is also heavily involved in music programs connected with the Hispanic community, performing over the years with the Hispanic Musician Association Orchestra. In 2006, Jessy had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Latin Jazz Project put together by one of her true sax heroes, Paquito D´Rivera; the program involved D´Rivera mentoring a group of professional musicians under 30 in a workshop setting that led to the performance.

"After the success of Tequila Moon, it was inevitable that many fans would ask me, ok, so what´s next? Where do you go from #1?" says Jessy. "But I never really worried about that pressure because I knew my approach would be to simply dig deeper into my essence as a person, songwriter and musician. My goal was to convey my True Love by putting 100 percent of my heart and soul into every note, every session and every song. As the journey of this new album unfolded, I discovered something amazing, a little secret I will now share: after all this romantic searching, I realize now that my True Love is actually my lifelong passion for music. It´s a joy and an honor to have the opportunity to share more and more of this with the world as the years unfold."

The music was beautiful under the Tequila Moon. Stay there a while and like Jessy, you may just discover your True Love!


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