BossaBrasil Takes Over Birdland

Emilio Santiago and Marcos Valle will bring Brazilian beats to NYC

Emilio Santiago
Marcos Valle

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The BossaBrasil Festival is coming to the Birdland jazz club in New York City to serenade the crowd with their sensual melding of samba and jazz sensibilities. The five-day festival, featuring Emilio Santiago and Marcos Valle, is presented by Delta Airlines and sponsored by the Buckingham Hotel. The duo and an accompanying band will perform two shows a night from June 8-12.

Produced by fellow Brazilians Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, the festival was launched in 2007 and is a celebration of the Bossa Nova style of music and rhythms of Brazil. Santiago and Valle will be joined on stage by a band consisting of music director Sergio Brandao on bass, Klaus Mueller on piano, Ernesto Simpson on drums and Cafe on percussion. The festival will feature an eclectic blend of samba, soul, romance and hip-grooving Brazilian melodies.

Santiago is a vocalist from Rio de Janeiro and is considered one of Brazil’s most important romantic interpreters. He has worked with other jazz greats such as Caetano Velosa, Joao Donato, and Azymuth and has garnered six platinum records and seven gold. He was also awarded the Sharp Prize in Brazil.

Valle-also from Rio de Janeiro-is one of Brazil’s top pop songwriters with over 300 compositions to his name. Valle’s songs have been recorded by Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Joe Pass, Joe Williams, Eliane Elias and many more.

Valle has also received a prestigious Broadcast Music, Inc. Award in Brazil for “Samba de Verao”. This recognition has only been awarded to fellow Bossa Nova artists Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes for “Girl from Ipanema”.

Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The shows are at 8:30 and 11:00 p.m. each night, and tickets cost $30 for side seating and $40 for center seating. Reservations can be made by calling (212) 581-3080 or by visiting Birdland Jazz.