Bossa Nova

February 10, 2020. Born in Brazil and popularized in the United States, bossa nova melds the spicy romance of samba with the principles of jazz. It translates to “new trend,” which is exactly what it was at its emergence in the '50s and '60s. The Little Box of Bossa Nova highlights the different layers of the bossa nova movement in a three-disc set, and provides some lovely Valentine’s vibes.

As an 11-year-old in Lagos, Nigeria, Douyé promised her dying father she’d one day sing the music he played for her as a child—jazz. After two well-received R&B records, the versatile vocalist (pronounced Doe-Yay) honored that promise, making her jazz debut with 2017’s Daddy Said So. Now, with Quatro, Douye’s diving into the Antonio Carlos Jobim songbook to honor the ancestral roots that she shares with bossa nova.

Reverb Nation

Husband and wife duo MINAS began at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, when pianist Patricia King asked Brazilian born Orlando Haddad to write lyrics for one of her compositions. Seven albums and several Grammy nominations later, Minas Has become synonymous with bossa nova in America.

John Pizzarelli is a seasoned guitarist, pop singer, and debonair entertainer whose greatest talent is communicating the jazz idiom to music listeners who otherwise are indifferent to the form. On stage in August at Birdland in New York to celebrate the release of Midnight McCartney, his relentless enthusiasm as a bandleader smoothed the way for a sweetly nostalgic appreciation for lesser-known tunes by Paul McCartney. Along the way, his relaxed stage banter left the audience laughing and feeling great.

What do you get when you put together a hard-driving percussive Bebop saxophonist with a lyrical, warm Cool Jazz saxophonist?  Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz, of course! February 2nd marks the birth of both of these giants of jazz, and Bob Perkins is getting set to celebrate.

Stitt and Getz both arrived on the jazz scene in the mid 1940s. And both went through numerous assignments in big bands and combos as they continued developing their unique jazz voices.