Samba Jazz: a Tribute to Jobim with Brazilian Vocalist Maucha Adnet, featuring Helio Alvez and Duduka DaFonseca

Adnet performed, toured and recorded with legendary composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and Banda Nova for ten years. For this performance, she will be supported by Brazilian musicians Helio Alvez (piano) and Duduka DaFonseca (drums) and Austrian bassist Hans Glawishnig. Jobim was the most popular composer of bossa novas and has been "considered one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century." His compositions have logical chord progressions shaped like beautiful mathematical equations yet their perfection is enhanced by melodies imbued with feeling. Adnet toured and recorded numerous albums with Jobim, including the Grammy Award winning "Antonio Brasiliero;" he called her voice "deep, rich and mysterious." The trio accompanying Adnet is of the highest level: brilliant improvisers who understand the complex rhythms and song forms, because they too have been devoted to the samba since youth. The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes Brazil to Brattleboro.

Given his world-class chops, pianist Helio Alves should be famous, but he doesn't quite fit into any known category. He is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and sounds like it. But he also sounds like a pianist with years of classical training, and like a street-smart jazz musician. Alves emigrated to the United States in 1986, graduated from Berklee, and has worked with as many North Americans (Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton) as Brazilians (Airto Moreira, Duduka Da Fonseca). He performs rhythmically intricate, sensual music with the precision and harmonic sophistication of a classical musician and the edgy energy of a jazz player. It's a heady blend.

Da Fonseca mastered the drums as a fundamental player in Bossa Nova surge of the late 1950s. His career in Brazil and the U.S., where he landed in 1975, includes playing with Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, flautist Herbie Mann, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, pianist JoAnne Brackeen, bassist Eddie Gomez, guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Tom Harrell,saxophonists Joe Lovano and Gerry Mulligan, pianist Dom Salvador, bassist Rufus Reid, pianist Kenny Barron, and many more. The drummer works in many styles of music, but one of his goals is to keep alive and vibrant the jazz samba music and the compositions of the greats from that era, so many of which he has played with and befriended over many years.

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Saturday, November 14th, 2015
8:00 PM
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