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Top Brazilian musicians in the SFJAZZ lineup for 2014-2015 season

Caetano Veloso
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

As many of you already know, Brazil is a country where music seems to run in the Brazilians’ veins. Rhythm and swing are everywhere, and so are suites of unique, intimate, and soothing sounds. Brazil has a style of music for each taste. SFJAZZ, true to its mission of bringing the best of world music to the Bay Area, always brings some Brazilian music. In its 2014-2015 Season, however, there is nothing less than four of our finest musicians in the lineup.

Starting with Eliane Elias, a lyrical pianist and singer, who will celebrate bossa nova and the seminal work of Stan Getz and João Gilberto in her first concert. In her other three concerts, she will navigate through the samba and other Brazilian styles, as well as in the fine jazz of Bill Evans and Chet Baker.

After her, it is Caetano Veloso’s turn, with his unique voice and style, rooted in the Tropicalia movement he co-founded in the 60s with Gilberto Gil. Caetano has no fear of trying new ideas, which made his music accessible internationally.

Milton Nascimento is the next. One of the member of Clube da Esquina, along with other Minas state musicians, he has an unforgettable voice and recorded with many important names of the world music.

Already into 2015, SFJAZZ will gift us with Gilberto Gil and the immense light this musician, singer, composer has. A co-founder of the Tropicalia movement, Gil has been successful in creating music that became part of the international landscape.

Do not miss the chance to see them all! Four in one round is a big blessing!

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Eliane Elias - Celebrating Getz/Gilberto, Thursday, September 11, 7:30pm, SFJAZZ Center

Eliane Elias, the lyrical Brazilian-born pianist and singer who plays bop and bossa nova with equal élan, celebrates the timeless collaboration of Stan Getz, João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim that created the classic 1964 album Getz/ Gilberto and jump-started the international bossa nova craze, with guest tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.

Eliane Elias - Chet Baker Tribute w/Ingrid Jensen, Friday, September 12, 7:30pm, SFJAZZ Center

She will also pay tribute to Chet Baker, the storied trumpeter and singer whose hauntingly romantic sound she summoned on her 2013 CD, I Thought About You (A Tribute to Chet Baker). The brilliant trumpeter Ingrid Jensen joins Elias’s trio.

Eliane Elias - Night in Bahia, Saturday, September 13, 7:30pm, SFJAZZ Center

Her group with celebrate samba and other Brazilian styles.

Eliane Elias - Bill Evans Salute, Sunday, September 14 7:00pm, SFJAZZ Center

Eliane Elias and her trio with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera will pay tribute to the supremely lyrical and creative pianist Bill Evans.


Friday, September 19, 8:00pm, Paramount Theatre, Oakland

Brazil’s reigning artistic genius, Caetano Veloso places global pop, jazz and folk styles into a prism and conjures music that is uniquely his own. With an international stature on par with John Lennon and Bob Dylan, his influence across musical genres and geographic borders has been vast.


Sunday, November 30, 7:00pm, SFJAZZ Center

With a gorgeous multi-octave voice, Nascimento seamlessly blends rock and jazz, Portuguese fado and Spanish guitars. Recordings with Paul Simon, Wayne Shorter and Pat Metheny have cemented his status as a giant, and this year he celebrates five decades of unforgettable music.

GILBERTO GIL - Gilberto’s Samba

Thursday, April 16, 2015, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

Musical revolutionary, international pop star, beloved statesman and a founding member of Brazil’s Tropicália movement, Gilberto Gil radically reinvented Brazilian popular music in the mid-60s. His new album, Gilberto’s Samba, is a loving salute to classic samba compositions of Jobim, João Gilberto and others.

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