BASSABRASIL Plays at Birdland, 5/17 - 21
If you are looking for the best of Brazilian popular music, BossaNova style, look no more. Just come to Birdland to see the creme of the crop, the very talenteComposer/Keyboardist/Vocalist MARCOS VALLE and his very Special Guest WANDA SA at Bossabrasil, Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta.
VALLE is without a doubt one of the major songwriters of Brazilian Popular Music. Having written over 300 songs recorded by artists SARAH VAUGHN, CHICAGO, Dizzy Gillespie, OSCAR PETERSON, RAMSEY LEWIS, Dave Brubeck, TOOTS THIELEMANS, JOE PASS, Johnny Mathis, BEBEL GILBERTO, Joe Williams ELIANE ELIAS, EUMIR DEODATO, JOAO DONATO and so many more, he is among Brazil's most important talents.
VALLE has toured the world at major Festivals and concert halls from England to Japan to China, to Australia to packed houses. He has received numerous awards for his songwriting, one of them from BMI for his music SAMBA DeVerao, which, in Brazil, only GAROATA DE IPANEMA by TOM JOBIM and VINICIUS DE MORAIS has been so granted. VALLE's SONGBOOK consisting of two CD's of his biggest successes had singers CAETANO VELOSO, MARIA METHANIA, CHICO BUARQUE...And frequent composing partner, called a "God" in Brazil, is ROBERTO MENESCAL. Valle's new CD FAROUT has ben released in Japan and Europe along with tours and is soon to be released n Brazil, considered one of the best of his career.
MARCOS VALLE presents his Special Guest, WANDA SA whose sound has been one of the foundations that sustains and renews universally the "Bossa Nova". She grew up along with BossNova, from girl to woman. Together, it is a brilliant pairing of highly talented musicians who compose and perform, their first engagement together in the US.
WANDA SA, Vocalist and Guitarist, is one of the greatest and most important interpreters of her generation having performed on stage with the great ROBERTO MENESCAL, CARLOS LYRA, DONATO, VALLE, JOYCE, LUIS CARLOS VIMHAS, OS CARIOCAS and more...some of Brazil's most important artists. In the 60's living in the US, Wanda Sa was part of Brazil '65 with SERGIO MENDEZ, JORGE BEN, ROSINHA DE VALENCA, TIAO NETO and CHICO BATERA. She has a brilliant continuing career working alongside the 'elite' musicians/composers of Brazil. This year with "Power Trio", her musical group, she performed in Tribute to the Maesro Helvius Vilela, also perfomred by Danilo Caymmi, Miucha, Emilio Santiago, Carlos Lyra, and Marcos Valle.
VALLE and WANDA SA are joined by PATRICIA ALVI, also a very talented vocalist, JESSE SADOC on Trumpet and Fluglehorn, SERGIO BRANDAO on Bass, and RENATO MASSA on Drums, direct from Rio !
When it comes to Brazilian popular music and BossaNova style, this is as good as it gets...music 'elegant' , 'hot', 'swinging', 'romantic', 'virtuosic',...a rare treat comes to Birdland, a new home for Brazilian music ! BOSSABRASIL !
Birdland - 315 w. 44th street - Reservations: 212 581- 3080 - or http://www.birdlandjazz.com
Shows: 8:30 and 11:00 pm Center Seating: $40, Side: $30 $10 Minimum
Parking Nearby - A full dinner menu !