Banda Mantiqueira / Rosa Passos
This year, the BAJ has decided to treat the City’s Jazz-loving audience to a special concert. Under a starlit sky and with free admission, there will be a Brazilian night featuring the artists who played at two of the Festival’s most celebrated closing concerts in previous years. On the one hand is Rosa Passos, one of Brazil’s greatest singers, who comes at the peak
of her career with a new album under her belt and an exceptional sextet. She captivated everyone at Teatro Coliseo on the closing night of BAJ.08. And on the other hand, the amazing Banda Mantiqueira, that big band devoted to performing Brazilian music styles, including choro, frevo, samba, and of course jazz. The band really rocked the house at Usina del Arte last year. The format sounds tempting: a Brazilian big band that explores the very rich music tradition of its home country. This is Banda Mantiqueira, which has been active for over twenty years since saxophonist, clarinetist and arranger Nailor “Proveta” created it in 1992. With numerous tours under its belt and recognized by the industry with many awards, the
band has released three albums: Aldeia, recorded in 1995, followed by Bixiga and Terra Amantiquira. Its members are Nailor “Proveta” Azevedo (alto sax, clarinet, music direction and arrangements), Ubaldo Versolato (baritone sax, flute and piccolo), Josué dos
Santos and Cássio de Almeida (tenor saxes and Flutes), François de Lima and Valdir Ferreira (trombones), Nahor Gomes, Walmir Gil and Odésio Jericó (trumpets and flugelhorns), Jarbas Barbosa (electric guitar), Marinho Andreotti (double bass), Cleber Almeida, Fred Prince and Zezinho Pitoco (percussion). The wonderful Bahian singer Rosa Passos has just released a conceptual album dedicated
to the work of her fellow countryman Djavan: Samba Dobrado. In tHis album, she recreates twelve songs written by the Alagoas-born composer between 1975 and 1992, in addition to a new song, “Doce Menestrel”, dedicated to Djavan and co-written with
Fernando de Oliveira. This is the seventeenth album in her long singing career, which has crossed borders and styles – her albums ranging from MPB to jazz – and includes successful tours in America and Europe. Rosa’s admirers include Diana Krall, Winston Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux, Ron Carter and Paquito D’Rivera. One of her career milestones was the concert she shared in Paris with the unforgettable Antillean singer Henri Salvador and the tour with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She will be accompanied live by Fábio Torres (piano), Lula Galvão (guitar), Paulo Paulelli (double bass), Celso de Almeida (drums), Ivan Sacerdote (clarinet) and Vinícius Dorin (sax).