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Celebration of Bossa Nova’s 50-Year Anniversary Coming to Boston

Performances by two highly acclaimed Brazilian artists, Oscar Castro Neves and Cesar Camargo Mariano (pictured), will mark the 50-year anniversary of bossa nova in a set of Boston concerts in October.

Mariano will appear at Berklee’s Café 939, located at 939 Boylston Street on October 1 and 3 at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 and available at the Berklee Performance Center box office, through Ticketmaster at 617 931-2000, or at < HREF=>Ticketmaster. Mariano will appear on campus in a combination of concert performances and jam sessions alongside Berklee professors Jamey Haddad and Fernando Huergo. In addition, La Casa de La Cultura/Center for Latino Arts, IBA and Berklee College of Music will present Mariano in a full concert of his music on October 2, at the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center, South End, Boston. For ticket information go to or call 617- 927-1707 or 617 927-1739.

Mariano is a pianist, arranger, composer and producer. His ensembles the Sambalanço Trio and Som Tres and his album Samambaia, one of his 30-plus instrumental recordings, are regarded as high points in Brazilian jazz.

Oscar Castro Neves will appear October 21, 8:15 pm, at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue. Neves, who recently hosted, directed, arranged and performed in a tribute to bossa nova at the Hollywood Bowl, is known for his sophisticated harmonic concepts and the exquisite texture and color of his orchestrations. He is equally well known for his distinctive guitar style as he is for being an accomplished record producer. Neves has worked with dozens of major artists including Elis Regina, Flora Purim, Joe Henderson, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Stan Getz, João Gilberto, Lee Ritenour, Airto Moreira, Edu Lobo, Toots Thielemans, Paul Winter, Diane Schuur, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Lisa Ono and others in the jazz, popular, Brazilian and classical realms. Tickets are $10. Call 617 747-2261 for more information.

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