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October 16, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The songs of Ivan Lins are probably exceeded only by those of Antonio Carlos Jobim in the affection of jazz musicians. The reasons are easy to hear--lush harmonies, sweeping melodies, unusual song forms and unexpected shifts of key. And, with the release of "A Love Affair: The Music of Ivan Lins" (Telarc)--featuring performances by Sting, Vanessa Williams and others--Lins' music is making inroads into the pop arena as well. No one, however, does his songs as well as he does.
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November 21, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Randy Weston & Billy Harper : A musical partnership that began in the early '70s, Randy Weston and Billy Harper come together again on the aptly titled "The Roots of the Blues," a magnetic duet between Weston's piano and Harper's lush and lingering saxophone. A mix of standards such as "Body and Soul" and "Take the A Train" with bracing originals like the zig-zagging contemplation of "The Healers" and the rumbling "Blues to Africa," the album should come alive in vivid new ways for this performance.
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June 6, 2006 | Don Heckman, Times Staff Writer
If you think Brazilian music simply reaches from samba to bossa nova, from feathered and sequined dancers to the surging excitement of Carnaval, you should have been at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday night. True to form, Brazilian Summer Festival 2006 had plenty of familiar sights and sounds, from the cute children's ensemble Samba at Saticoy and the nubile dancers of the Oya Brazil Samba Show to the rhythmically diverse singing of Katia Moraes and her group, Pure Samba.
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October 1, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The New West Symphony is not bucking a trend. It now too has a young music director from South America. Last weekend the orchestra - which is based in Thousand Oaks and also performs in Oxnard and Santa Monica - began its first season under its new music director, Marcelo Lehninger. At Sunday's Santa Monica matinee in Barnum Hall, a birthday cake was served during intermission in anticipation of Lehninger's 33rd birthday Monday. With his baby-face smile, he might pass for younger.
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January 28, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ordinarily, Minneapolis might not seem a logical home base for a Brazilian jazz group. But then there was a time--in the pre-Prince era--when it didn't exactly seem to be a center for innovative rock music, either. And we all know how wrong that perception turned out to be.
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December 25, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
Although three decades have passed since the film "Black Orpheus" with its unique musical score triggered a worldwide explosion of Brazilian music, such artists as Eliana Estevao, now at La Ve Lee in Studio City, reminds us of the idiom's ongoing infusion of fresh talent. Tall, dark, reed-slim and contagiously cheerful, Estevao has toured the world with the musical show "Oba Oba," serving up a repertoire that spans early and contemporary samba.
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April 27, 1989 | DIRK SUTRO
Brazilian music is sweeping the country again after a '60s bossa nova through America. Rock star David Byrne recently put together an album of his favorite Brazilian music, and Brazilian musicians, including many jazz players, are enjoying increased attention. In San Diego, the jazz scene shows traces of this trend. Flutist Lori Bell's new album with pianist Dave Mackay is titled "Take Me to Brazil" and includes a tune by Brazilian legend Antonio Carlos Jobim among several Brazilian numbers.
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April 3, 2004 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
If not for Sergio Mielniczenko, the world of Brazilian music, to L.A.'s ears, might very well have been summed up in one sweet, albeit Muzak-worn samba: Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto's beguiling 1964 recording "The Girl From Ipanema." That transformation has been no small thing, but Mielniczenko has made it look like nothing more than a sly chord progression.
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January 16, 1991 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Brazilian singers have a wealth of strong, rhythmic material from which to work. Sonia Santos put that advantage to good use Monday at Cafe Lido with a first set that covered a range of Afro-Brazilian music from familiar names such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sergio Mendes and Gilberto Gil as well as Santos' own upbeat compositions. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Santos has worked in Brazilian revues and spent a good part of last year touring the United States with the acclaimed stage show "Oba Oba."
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October 31, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The way John Pisano loves Brazilian music, you'd think he was born in Rio de Janeiro instead of Brooklyn. "When I was playing with Sergio Mendes in Brazil a few years ago," guitarist Pisano recalls, "people would look at Sergio and point at me and ask, 'Brasileiro?' 'Is he Brazilian?' My main energy has been into Brazilian stuff for years."
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September 7, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
DEC. 13-16 Los Angeles Philharmonic Fifty years after Zubin Mehta became the seventh music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he will repeat his opening program with his old orchestra. Mehta was 26 - two years younger than Gustavo Dudamel was when he took over the L.A. Phil in 2009. And Dudamel-like, Mehta conducted everything on the program from memory. What was different was that this was a fairly ordinary program for a first night - a Mozart overture, Hindemith's "Mathis der Mahler" Symphony (then more common than now)
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February 23, 2012
EVENTS Put on your samba shoes and head to Carnaval Exotica — the 12th annual Brazilian party produced by Brazilian Nites. Feast on Brazilian barbecue before dancing off the calories to the sounds of live Brazilian music by Chalo Eduardo, DJ Chris Brazil and SambaDa. Costumed Samba dancers will join you and later will shake it down to a 100-piece drum bonanza. Club Nokia VIP Lounge, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $50-$75. (818) 566-1111; http://www.braziliannites.com.
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June 18, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Fabricio Werdum had his Buster Douglas moment, and he's confident the similarities stop there. Last June, Werdum shocked the mixed martial arts world with his upset of previously unbeaten Fedor Emelianenko — just as Douglas had done in boxing when he knocked out then-unbeaten heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990. What Douglas found — and couldn't handle — is that tomorrow comes. "The only good time was me winning the fight and them announcing me as the new heavyweight champion of the world," Douglas said in a telephone interview this week.
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August 25, 2008 | Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post
Dorival Caymmi, a revered composer and singer of Brazilian popular song who influenced generations of bossa nova performers and whose first major hit helped launch the Hollywood career of entertainer Carmen Miranda, has died. He was 94. Caymmi died Aug. 16 at his home in Rio de Janeiro. He had kidney cancer and multiple organ failure. Caymmi's influence on Brazilian music cannot be overstated. Bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim once called him a "universal gen- ius" and his country's greatest composer.
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April 28, 2007 | Don Heckman, Times Staff Writer
It would be hard to find a more musically compatible pairing than the Brazilian duo of Joyce and Dori Caymmi. Their performance Thursday at the Jazz Bakery was a brilliant display of what Rio's Joyce (the singer uses only her first name professionally) likes to describe as "MCB" (which translates as "creative music of Brazil").
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August 12, 2006 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Moacir Santos, an influential arranger and composer of Brazilian popular music, has died. He was 80. Santos died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Pasadena of complications from a stroke he suffered some years ago, according to a publicist for his record label, Adventure Music. Though not widely known to American audiences, Santos was well regarded among musicians in his homeland of Brazil and in the United States.
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October 26, 1987 | ZAN STEWART
Some things simply refuse to die. Take Brazilian popular music, for instance, which came to this country 25 years ago in the form of the bossa nova. Despite its sensuous rhythms, persuasive melodies and provocative lyrics, the appeal of bossa nova diminished in the mid-'60s. Since then, Brazilian music in general has been an underground sound. But today this musical style is on the rebound.
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October 24, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
What's new for jazz in the '90s? How about Brazilian music? OK, we've all heard that song before. Ever since Jelly Roll Morton advised us about the importance of the "Spanish tinge," Latin American influences have ebbed and flowed through both jazz and pop. Tonight Brazilian guitarist Tonino Horta, appearing at Vertigo in downtown Los Angeles, will bring yet another slant to what seems to be an unending story.
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June 6, 2006 | Don Heckman, Times Staff Writer
If you think Brazilian music simply reaches from samba to bossa nova, from feathered and sequined dancers to the surging excitement of Carnaval, you should have been at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday night. True to form, Brazilian Summer Festival 2006 had plenty of familiar sights and sounds, from the cute children's ensemble Samba at Saticoy and the nubile dancers of the Oya Brazil Samba Show to the rhythmically diverse singing of Katia Moraes and her group, Pure Samba.
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June 2, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Here's an idea for some of the Southland's numerous music presenters: In your quest to showcase music from around the world, don't overlook the diverse performers and ensembles available right here in Southern California. That thought kept persisting during the performance Wednesday by Ted Falcon and the Los Angeles Choro Ensemble at the Vic in Santa Monica.
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