Wednesday, March 12, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Luciana Souza

Artist:Luciana Souza

Luciana Souza is a Brazilian singer who has been a best selling jazz artist for the last several years. She also won a Grammy for her work on Herbie Hancock's 2007 CD River: The Joni Letters. She was born July 12, 1966 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her father is singer and guitarist Walter Santos. She started out singing jingles as a child. After attending Unicamp University in Brazil, she earned a bachelor's degree in jazz composition at Berklee in Boston and then a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Luciana was first noticed in the early 90s touring with Brazilan percussion legend Hermeto Pascoal. He has been a major influence. She toured with all kinds of bands in the 90s including the Zimbo Trio, Danilo Perez, Joey Calderazzo and many others. She recorded her debut CD in 1999 and signed with Sunnyside Records in 2000. Her big break came when she met producer Larry Klein at a 2005 Los Angeles Philharmonic concert. Klein is best known for his 80s marriage to Joni Mitchell. Luciana married Klein in 2006. Luciana appeared on Herbie Hancock's 2007 Joni Mitchell tribute CD River: The Joni Letters which Klein produced. The album was very successful and won the 2008 Album of the Year Grammy. This got Luciana a deal at Verve Records. She recorded three albums for Verve including Tide in 2009. Tide was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and he recorded it in 1970. Klein produced and plays bass on the album Tide. Other musicians include pianist Larry Goldings, guitarist Larry Koonse, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and percussionist Cyro Baptista. Luciana is an outstanding singer and fans of Brazilian music and jazz should check her out. She has since returned to Sunnyside and released two CDs Aug. 2012. One of them, The Book Of Chet is a tribute to Chet Baker. Recently she has been touring with African born guitarist Lionel Loueke. Here's Luciana Souza performing Tide with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band featuring Axel Schlosser on trumpet and Oliver Leicht on alto sax in Frankfurt, Germany Jan. 2011. )

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