Brazilian Jazz Singer Luciana Souza Returns to Joe's Pub NYC September 13 2012

From a media release:

September 12, 2012
Two shows: 7:30 & 9:30pm

(New York, NY.)
After a three-year recording hiatus, Brazilian jazz singer Luciana Souza returns with two new albums produced by Grammy-winner Larry Klein – Duos III, and The Book of Chet. On September 12, Souza will celebrate the releases at Joe’s Pub with sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. This is Souza’s first performance at Joe’s Pub since 2008.

Grammy-winning Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters.  Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late sixties, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators - her father, a singer and songwriter, her mother, a poet and lyricist.  Luciana’s work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music.

Duos III celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the release of Luciana’s Grammy- nominated and much celebrated CD, Brazilian Duos.  Her Duos II record also went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Record.  The last volume of this trilogy brings back her long time collaborators - guitar phenomenon Romero Lubambo, and master guitarist Marco Pereira - and introduces Toninho Horta, one of Brazil’s most unique guitarists and composers.  The repertoire is again as varied and beautiful as the Brazilian landscape – including works by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cartola, Gilberto Gil and Toninho Horta.

The Book of Chet is Luciana’s inspired interpretation of the music of trumpet player and singer Chet Baker. An iconoclastic musical figure, Chet had a unique and lyrical approach to singing – informed by his superb musicianship, his singing was heartfelt, yet detached.  “It is a well-known fact that musicians like João Gilberto were listening a lot to Chet Baker and the sounds coming out of the West Coast of the US. That kind of quiet, introspective singing was started by Chet while Miles’ playing, tone and sensibility ended up influencing many musicians in Brazil.” On this recording (Luciana’s first exclusive recording of American standards), Luciana reveals why she has been considered one of the most important Jazz singers of her generation – able to unveil the drama of the lyric and allow for intimacy with the listener, all the while creating an inventive and deeply personal recording.

Ms. Souza began her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, and recorded more than 200 jingles and soundtracks, becoming a first-call studio veteran at age sixteen.   She spent four years on faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received a Bachelor's in Jazz Composition.  Ms. Souza earned a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, in New York City.  From 2005 to 2010, Luciana was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances.

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