For your playlist: check out amazing Brazilian Jazz artists
Originated from tribal music in the 19th Century, jazz is a style still relevant today, both in the mainstream and the underground scenes. It was in New Orleans, an American city composed of diverse ethnicities, that the genre grew popular, evolved and became one of the most appreciated worldwide. Obviously in Brazil it is loved too!
Considering that Jazzahead! is getting closer and the Brazilian music will have excellent representatives there, we prepared a list of five artists who have been drawing attention and who deserve to be in your playlist. Are you ready?
After 14 years singing in bars in the city of São Paulo, Anna Setton had her first homonymous studio album released in 2018. In the record produced by guitarist Swami Jr., Anna sings songs composed by pianist Edu Sangirardi with lyrics by André Goldfeder.
The album has seven completely new songs and new versions of big Brazilian hits (written by Brazilian artists Caetano Veloso and Dorival Caymmi), and the song “Nature Boy”, by American songwriter eden ahbez, is now rearranged. According to Anna, her music is strongly influenced by jazz and Brazilian rhythms such as samba, baião, choro and ijexá.
Anna is one of the artists performing in the Brazilian night at Jazzahead! Listen to her album below.
The band, which will also perform in the German event, was created in 2007 and had four albums released so far. The most recent record of Caixa Cubo is “Saturno”, released in 2018, in which Fideles, Gomide and Stroeter work with improvisations and take turns playing synthesizers, keyboards, electric bass and many other instruments. In the past few years, the group toured Brazil and Europe and performed on stages at festivals like Jazz à Vienne (France), Riverboat Festival (Denmark), Anton Philip Hall (Holland), A-Trane (Berlin) and Jazzkeller (Frankfurt).
Caixa Cubo describes itself as a “research of Brazilian contemporaneous music”, and you just have to click on the link below to listen to the band’s latest album.
A master of scat singing, a kind of vocal improvisation very common in jazz, Dani Gurgel is a singer, photographer and video director, among other things. Besides her solo career, she is also a member of the group Dani & Debora Gurgel Quarteto (known in Japan as DDG4), which has 7 albums so far and fans all over the world.
The album released in 2019, “Rodopio”, fuses MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) with other Brazilian rhythms. Listen to the record below.
A young guitarist from Brasília, Pedro Martins has impressed major artists, such as Eric Clapton, with his musicality and versatility in jazz.
In 2015, Pedro won the guitar contest in the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, and called the attention of famous American multi-instrumentalist Kurt Rosenwinkel, who invited the Brazilian to join his band – in which Pedro still plays. Such partnership also gave Pedro the chance of performing in the Crossroads Guitar Festival, organized by Clapton.
“Sonhando Alto”, the first album of the artist, was released in 2010, when he was only 17. His latest record is “VOX”, in which is possible to notice the energy and progresses of the 27-year-old artist, who wants to take his music to other countries. Listen to his album below.
Gabriel Nóbrega’s band, Silibrina, also had a record released in 2019. The group combines Jazz and Fusion with Brazilian rhythms such as Frevo, Maracatu and Baião. Such melting pot of influences is the result of the personal preferences of the members of the band, who come from different parts of Brazil.
“Estandarte” is the second studio album of the group, whose debut album was “O Raio”, released in 2017. Silibrina has performed in many countries already and has fans from all around the world. Listen to “Estandarte” below.