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February 5, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
THE musical continuum connecting early '60s samba and new millennial hip-hop seemed so obvious to bossa nova piano maestro Sergio Mendes and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, it was practically hidden in plain sight. The two, who first worked together two years ago on a song for the "Be Cool" soundtrack, have reteamed on "Timeless" (Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music), Mendes' first new album in eight years.
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February 5, 2006 | Chris Lee, Special to The Times
THE musical continuum connecting early '60s samba and new millennial hip-hop seemed so obvious to bossa nova piano maestro Sergio Mendes and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, it was practically hidden in plain sight. The two, who first worked together two years ago on a song for the "Be Cool" soundtrack, have reteamed on "Timeless" (Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music), Mendes' first new album in eight years.
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December 17, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When you hear pianist Guilherme Vergueiro's highly rhythmic, strongly melodic Brazilian music, you might think he's blended a heavy jazz element with the strains of his native land. But don't suggest that to him. "I just play samba," said the 37-year-old musician, who appears Friday and Saturday at Maxwell's in Huntington Beach. "The samba is the Brazilian jazz," said Vergueiro, who hails from Sao Paulo and who has lived in North Hollywood for two years.
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December 17, 1992 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When you hear pianist Guilherme Vergueiro's highly rhythmic, strongly melodic Brazilian music, you might think he's blended a heavy jazz element with the strains of his native land. But don't suggest that to him. "I just play samba," said the 37-year-old musician, who appears Friday and Saturday at Maxwell's in Huntington Beach. "The samba is the Brazilian jazz," said Vergueiro, who hails from Sao Paulo and who has lived in North Hollywood for two years.
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March 10, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
Intricate rhythms crackle and boom from big speakers, infecting the auditorium with a syncopated itch that causes toes to tap, fingers to drum and heads to nod. Grupo Fundo de Quintal, a popular samba ensemble, is playing an evening concert in Rio the week after carnival, Brazil's Mardi Gras. As one song follows another, more and more of the audience yields to the music's insistent tug. Many listeners cannot resist singing along.
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August 10, 2003 | Louise Roug
When cellist Yo-Yo Ma began work on his new album of bossa nova, classical and samba music, "Obrigado Brazil," he wanted to enlist musicians he admires. "There was so much we wanted to do that it was hard to choose," Ma said by phone from New York. "I heard Rosa Passos," and knew he wanted to work with the singer. But how to get in touch with her? Eventually, he tracked down her address in the Brazilian coastal state of Bahia.
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October 23, 1999 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whether fluttering her arms, lithely leaping or directing playful moves to '50s samba music (in a grainy video), dancer-choreographer Parijat Desai is a major talent who bears watching. In "By Any Stretch," a five-part program at Highways on Thursday, her distinct vision proved an enchanting blend of modern, jazz and the Indian classical dance called Bharata Natyam, with a dollop of ballet thrown in for amusing measure.
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February 5, 1987 | ELAINE WOO, Times Education Writer
Normal classroom routines were suspended in most of the Los Angeles Unified School District's 618 schools today as teachers staged a one-day walkout to protest the district's salary offer. Early reports from union officials indicated that 90% of the union's 20,000 members boycotted their schools and were joined by a substantial number of nonmembers. The district has 26,000 regular classroom teachers.
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March 10, 1988 | EILEEN SONDAK
San Diego is home to a broad spectrum of exotic art forms. Unfortunately, many never make their way to the formal concert stage. They exist in relative obscurity among the underground fringe, surfacing only sporadically for nightclub engagements or public gatherings. Escola de Samba Sol E Mar Samba Band, an instrumental group that thrives on the relentless rhythms of Rio de Janeiro, is a prime example. The musicians in this carnival samba band have been playing together about four years.
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January 11, 2001
* Yuks--UC Santa Barbara's Arts & Lecture series will present two screenings of Margaret Cho's critically acclaimed film of her solo stage show, "I'm the One That I Want," tonight at Campbell Hall on campus. Cho, who has been described as "engagingly raunchy," touches on everything from her promiscuity to her affection for gay men ("Some people are raised by wolves; I was raised by drag queens.") Show times: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $5-$6. 893-3535.
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March 10, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
Intricate rhythms crackle and boom from big speakers, infecting the auditorium with a syncopated itch that causes toes to tap, fingers to drum and heads to nod. Grupo Fundo de Quintal, a popular samba ensemble, is playing an evening concert in Rio the week after carnival, Brazil's Mardi Gras. As one song follows another, more and more of the audience yields to the music's insistent tug. Many listeners cannot resist singing along.
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July 6, 1998 | DON HECKMAN
Lacking any real headliner, the Brazilian Summer Festival at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday night filled its program with relatively lightweight performances. The exception was Ballet Folkclorico Do Brasil's superb array of colorful costumes and African-influenced music and dance. The ensemble's most fascinating segment focused on the dramatic movements of the capoeira, a potentially dangerous mix of dance and martial arts, in which arms and legs are rapidly hurled.
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November 8, 1991 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Modern Jazz Quartet--whose history is chronicled on "MJQ 40," a four-CD set just released on Atlantic Records--is a unique, be-bop-based ensemble. Formed in 1952, the group has been responsible for several breakthroughs. It was the first jazz band to consistently blend aspects of be-bop and classical music, achieving a distinctive chamber jazz style. It was also the first jazz unit to choose concert halls, rather than nightclubs, as its preferred venues.
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