Thursday, January 30, 2014

Do you know how....(that Allen Kanovsky now spells things in Portuguese? Not correctly, but that doesn't stop him!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 01/30/14

... to spell BRAZIL? It's easy. You start with Samba plus Bossa Nova and then a little ballad. That's it. Maybe include the film "Black Orpheus". There you have the essence of Brazil. The musical arts are an integral part of Brazilian life. Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to share that with about 150 folks who braved cloudy weather and a light drizzle to hear Rose Max at MJC's 3d concert of this season. Rose is accompanied by Ramatis Moraes on guitar and they were joined by Jamie Ousley on bass and Carlo Magn(ific)o Araya playing drums. Ms. Max has the voice and range to perform this music. She and Ramatis started with "JAZZ Samba" during which she used her voice as percussion and did a scat portion. Did you ever hear scat sung in Portugese?  The duo then played a bossa, "Batida Diferente". Jaimie and Carlo join in for "Brigas Nuncia Mas" another samba with Jaimie playing electric bass. Sticking to samba rhythms they play "One Note Samba" and O' Pato". Joabim's standard "Chega De Saudade" is next. It starts to be a bit misty but none of the 154 music lovers seem to be leaving. They are held captive by the sounds they are enjoying. The program continues with an easy flow of Bossa, Samba and Ballad including "Insensitive", "Berimbau", "Estomos Ai", Desifinada", "Manha de Caraval", "Voce e Eu", "Chovendo Na Roseira", "Influencia of JAZZ", "Girls From Ipanema" and concluding with the lively "Mas Q' Nada". The rhythms and artists that are exported from Brazil are a delight and are enjoyed by ardent fans. note: "Manha" is from the film Black Orpheus. The literal translation is Morning of Carnival. We statesiders know it as "A Day In the Life of a Fool". "Chovendo" sounds a bit like "Jitterbug Waltz."

The concerts at the Coral Gables Art Museum are presented every Wednesday at 12:15. The sponsors include CGI Merchant Group and various civic groups. Lunch and snacks are made available by "Lovables" and Peter Brooks, chocolatier. Artists presented are members of the Miami JAZZ Co-op. Rick Katz is responsible for all the logistics, operations and everything else.  

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       

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