TEKA sings “Silent Night” with a Brazilian Twist

Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist Téka Penteriche wishes everyone a joyous Christmas in the way she knows best: by getting together with guitarist Chris Judge and singing her favorite Christmas carol, backed by the irresistible rhythms of Brazil.   A joyous holiday and a happy new year to all, from Téka, Chris and all her friends at the… Read More TEKA sings “Silent Night” with a Brazilian Twist

Jazz (and beyond) With An Accent: A Bad Moon Rising for The Final

By Fernando Gonzalez After a month of a World Cup, many Americans have come to learn some of the, umm, peculiarities of fútbol (soccer if you must), including its rituals both in the pitch and the stands. Yes, Virginia, in places such as Argentina and Germany, who meet in the final, fútbol is a religion.… Read More Jazz (and beyond) With An Accent: A Bad Moon Rising for The Final

Live Jazz: Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and Sergio Mendes at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman The 2013 summer season of jazz at the Hollywood Bowl clicked into place Wednesday night with the performances of Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and Sergio Mendes. Alpert and Hall, in particular, offered a musically rich, rhythmically energetic program of material ranging across jazz classics and American Songbook standards spiced with the music… Read More Live Jazz: Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and Sergio Mendes at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Music: The Lado B Project at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Studio City, CA.  Brazilian music nights are not uncommon in Los Angeles.  Not with the city’s substantial population of world class Brazilian players – along with the American musicians who have developed considerable competence with Brazilian music over the years. The Lado B Project is a combination of both, blending a collection… Read More Live Music: The Lado B Project at Vitello’s

Live Music: Dori Caymmi at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Cathy Segal-Garcia Los Angeles, CA.  Here I am, sitting in the Kirk Douglas Theatre, waiting for the world-renowned guitarist/vocalist/composer/arranger/producer, Dori Caymmi, to come out to start the show. A beautiful theatre, slanted up seating, with a medium large stage on the floor, the newest and most intimate of Center Theatre Group’s family of theatres.… Read More Live Music: Dori Caymmi at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

Live Brazilian Music: Dori Caymmi at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

By Michael Katz Ruth Price brought The Jazz Bakery back to its once and future home in Culver City this weekend, and Westsiders gratefully filled the Kirk Douglas Theatre to capacity Saturday night for a stunning performance by Brazilian composer/singer/guitarist Dori Caymmi. Caymmi boasts a family lineage that predates the samba and bossa nova movement… Read More Live Brazilian Music: Dori Caymmi at a Jazz Bakery Movable Feast

Jazz With an Accent: CD Reviews

By Fernando Gonzalez Catching up with some interesting/mind-expanding/beautiful/provocative (and by now not so) new releases … Mario Adnet More Jobim Jazz  (Adventure Music) Brazilian guitarist Mario Adnet’s exquisite follow up to Jobim Jazz (Adventure Music, 2007) not only pays tribute to Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, but also composer and arranger Moacir Santos (whom Adnet… Read More Jazz With an Accent: CD Reviews

Live Brazilian Music: Daniela Mercury at the Greek Theatre

By Don Heckman Brazilian singer/dancer/songwriter Daniela Mercury is a Latin Grammy Award winner, a prolific creator of best selling albums (more than 20 million), and one of her country’s most visible and popular female artists. So it was no surprise at the Greek Theatre Thursday night when the audience members – liberally populated with the… Read More Live Brazilian Music: Daniela Mercury at the Greek Theatre