Today is the 10th International Jazz Day – 30 April 2021 – recognised by UNESCO and The United Nations “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.”The idea came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock – Grammy Award Album of the Year 2008 winner for his album “River: The Joni Letters,” an all-star tribute to Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell featuring Norah Jones, Tina Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae, Leonard Cohen and Brazilian singer Luciana Souza.
The very first time a Jazz Album won a Grammy Award Album of the Year was in 1965 with the Getz/ Gilberto Album featuring the hit “The Girl from Ipanema”(sung in English by Astrud Gilberto) and many other Antonio Carlos Jobim songs played by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist and singer João Gilberto, the father of Bossa Nova.
Jazz and Bossa Nova have enriched and influenced each other for decades and this fusion has inspired other styles as well, including Rock and Pop iconic artists such as Elvis Presley, Sade, Stevie Wonder and Sting.
By coincidence, last night 29 April 2021 as part of the Bossa Nova Club 10th Anniversary celebration I had the pleasure to be interviewed and have a delicious chat with presenter Bernardo Martins based Miami, son of Pery Ribeiro. I met Pery during my teenage time, he had one of the most beautiful male voices of Brazil and he was the first singer who recorded the Girl from Ipanema. Pery’s parents were Brazilian music icons Dalva de Oliveira and Herivelto Martins. This interview series will also feature Bossa Nova master Roberto Menescal and Marcell Powell (son of Baden Powell) and few other artists around the globe.
To celebrate this happy marriage of Bossa Nova and Jazz, we are presenting Juliana Areias – Jobim Songbook Concert on Saturday 8 May at the Ellington Jazz Club – featuring some of the songs of the iconic Getz/Gilberto including Desafinado – Paul’s favorite! Always a pleasure to share the stage with these talented and groovy cats: Paul Millard on sax/flute , Joshua de Silva (7 string guitar/vocal), Filipe Rimis (drums) and Rafael Medeiros de Souza (percussion).
If you are in Perth -Western Australia, come to celebrate with us!
Happy Jazz International Day! Viva Bossa Nova!
Juliana Areias – Jobim Songbook Concert
Saturday 08 May 7.00pm @ THe Ellington Jazz Club Perth
After a busy summer performing at The Perth Festival, WAMFest and open air Sunset Concerts at North Cottesloe and Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre; award winning Juliana Areias, the Bossa Nova Baby is back to present a special tribute to her favourite composer and bossa nova master; Antonio Carlos Jobim.
The concert will embrace timeless Jobim bossa classics – such as; The Girl from Ipanema, One note samba, Corcovado, No more blues (Chega de Saudade), Waters of March (Aguas de Marco) – which were introduced to the English Speaking world by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao & Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, and Al Jarreau, Esperanza Spalding; – as well as other breathtaking Jobim compositions that may sound new for the audience.
Juliana was personally introduced to the Bossa Nova founders when she was a teenager by the legendary Brazilian music historian and journalist Ruy Castro who also named her “The Bossa Nova Baby”. This direct contact with the bossa masters inspired her to become a professional singer and songwriter.
For this exceptionally special concert, Juliana Areias has assembled a blazing line-up of sensational musicians and special guests – showcasing the amazing talent and cultural diversity we are so lucky to have in Perth. Juliana Areias is honoured to share the stage on this sensuous musical journey with the grooviest cats in town: Paul Millard – sax/flute, Joshua de Silva – 7 string hybrid guitar, Filipe Rimis – drums and percussionist Rafael Medeiro de Souza.
Juliana Areias has performed multiple sold-out concerts around Australia and on major stages internationally including the Sydney Opera House, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, the Green Room in New York, the Fukiagi Hall in Japan, the Auckland Festival in New Zealand and the legendary Beco das Garrafas in Rio de Janeiro.
Now it is your turn to feel spellbound by the Bossa Nova Baby, Juliana Areias.
–“Rhythmically perfect and passionate vocal delivery. The toast of the Perth Jazz Scene. The release of Bossa Nova Baby has elevated her above a mere covers singer or bossa specialist. The singer excels in an elegant co-composed duet (Belas Artes) with Australia’s finest Brazilian-oriented 7-string guitarist, Doug de Vries” – The Australian
–“We celebrate the changing face of Australian music with Brazilian-born, Perth based singer Juliana’s excellent, Bossa Nova-centred album.” – ABC Radio National
–“The idea of mixing styles and cultures is reflected in Areias’ life and her music.”, Daily Record – USA
–“It’s bossa that plays soccer with Jazz – as it has since the 60’s – and scoring a goal.” – O GLOBO – Brazil
–”A wonderful Brazilian-Australian bossa nova baby with contemporary bossa nova songs.“– Key and Chords – Belgium
More information: www.julianaareias.com
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