This year (2019), one of Brazil’s greatest pianists and composers is celebrating 85 years of life and an amazing 70-year career. We’ve decided to honor him with a tribute concert on January 11, 2020 (he wrote so much music that it will take us a while to learn it all!). In the meantime, we are going to check him out on June 8 in Los Angeles (tickets here).

Allen Thayer, writer, Brazilian Beat DJ, and personal friend of Donato’s, will give a presentation on the artist before our show next year. Stay tuned for further developments!

We are so excited to present a project focusing on the music of the wonderful Rio-born guitarist/composer Durval Ferreira. Although he recorded only one album under his own name, Batida Diferente, he composed for, produced, and recorded with countless artists including Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughan, Leny Andrade, Emilio Santiago, Ed Lincoln, and the Tamba Trio.

Ferreira’s daughter, Amanda Bravo, often performs at the Bottles Bar in Rio. She has just released her own album with several compositions by her father. She’s also featured on Batida Diferente, most notably on a rendition of “Nostalgia da Bossa” – a melancholy tribute to an era gone by.

Our tribute concert, a collaboration with Sounds of Brazil PDX that will feature a variety of musicians, will take place at Classic Pianos on May 4 at 7:30. Tickets are available at this link.

Recently, we’ve been doing a lot of musical research for an exciting project (soon to be announced). During the course of all this listening, we have discovered some amazing sites that we want to share with you.

  1. This great archive has a huge index of songs, each with a bit of background and an embedded player in which you can listen to different versions.
  2. We were shocked to find how much music existed in this searchable discography. Some rare, out-of-print albums can be found here as well.
  3. All of the master composer’s original manuscripts and works can be found at this lovingly maintained archive.
  4. Lots of great stuff here too!


This past weekend, we had the privilege of hearing one of the finest Brazilian jazz musicians around today: Portinho. (There’s a great interview with him at this link.) The master drummer plays at NYC’s Churrascaria Plataforma with his great trio, which includes Lincoln Goines on bass and Klaus Mueller on piano.

Portinho has performed with everyone from Nana Caymmi to Harry Belafonte. He recently released Vinho de Porto, an album with trombonist Jay Ashby; another recording he’s featured on is Bossarenova with the wonderful vocalist Paula Morelenbaum and the SWR Big Band out of Stuttgart.

It’s amazing that you can still catch Portinho from 6:30-11:30pm at 316 West 49th Street, NYC, most Fridays and Saturdays. (This is one of the few regular Brazilian jazz listening opportunities still in existence in the city; The Coffee Shop is closing, and the Zinc Bar has minimized its Brazilian jazz programming.)