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Sergio Mendes

Thu, Apr 23 -
Sun, Apr 26, 2015




$58.00 ($4.00 Handling Fee Included) Minimum Donation All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.



91.3 KBCS, Show Brazil Productions and Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley present three-time Grammy winner and Brazilian music legend, Sergio Mendes for 4 nights and 6 shows. Band members: Grachina Leporace (singer), Joe Pizzulo (vocalist), Leo Costa (drums), Kleber Jorge Pimenta (guitar/vocals), Alphonso Johnson (bass), Jamieson Trotter (keyboards), Katie Hampton (singer), Ayana Williams (singer), Marco B. Dos Santos (percussion), and Harrell Harris AKA H20 (rapper). Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30p & 9:30p. Doors at 5:30p.

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One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Sergio Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums and is a three-time Grammy Award winner. Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Mendes’ influence on the music industry has spanned five-decades and continues to evolve.

Known for his collaborations and breaking boundaries his Timeless (2006) CD was a collaboration with contemporary pop, rock, urban and hip-hop artists, including Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and Black Eyed Peas—with a re-recording of his early gem “Mas Que Nada” alongside Gracinha Leporace, Mendes’ wife. 2008′s Encanto featured neo-soulster Ledisi and Spanish-language favorite Juanes. In 2011, Mendes released his 39th album, Celebration: A Musical Journey, which represented his 50 years as a recording artist and included classics from his career as well as new recordings with Ivete Sangalo and Siedah Garrett, among them a remake of “The Fool on the Hill.” He also performed the classic at the 2011 MusiCares Gala Honoring Sir Paul McCartney.

Mendes’ iconic album: HERB ALPERT PRESENTS SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL ’66 was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, joining Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The U.S.A., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech, the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St., and others in the 2012 class of historically significant recordings. In 2012 Mendes also received his first Oscar® nomination in the music category for “Real In Rio” from the animated, 3-D feature film “Rio.” In addition to being the executive music producer for the blockbuster film, he also contributed five songs to the movie. The soundtrack, Rio: Music from the Motion Picture, featured re-recorded versions of his hits “Mas Que Nada” and “Valsa Carioca.” Mendes, once again, was responsible for bringing the distinctive rhythms of Brazil to a global audience.

Mendes started his career with 1961′s Dance Moderno and the groups Bossa Rio and the Sergio Mendes Trio. From the mid ‘60s to the late ’70s, Mendes established his legendary status by taking numerous albums and singles to the top of the charts. But it was Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 which sparked global stardom. Performing “The Look of Love” at the ‘68 Oscars, their version went top 10, quickly followed by the hits “The Fool on the Hill” and “Scarborough Fair.” Enjoying immense popularity, Mendes added soul and funk to his jazz and pop, but always with a Brazilian rhythm. His earlier single, “Mas Que Nada,” marked the first time that a song sung entirely in Portuguese hit Billboard’s Pop chart in the U.S. Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova/samba and his distinctive pop instrumentation features melodies with distinct sophistication and alluring sexiness that ultimately came to define Brazilian music.

In the ’80s, he scored with the No. 1 Adult Contemporary and pop top-10 hit “Never Gonna Let You Go.” And in 1992 Mendes was awarded his first Grammy® in the category of Best World Music for his album Brasileiro. Since then, Mendes has gone on to be honored with two Latin Grammy® awards for Best Brazilian Record, Timeless (2006) and Bom Tempo (2010), which was also nominated for a 2010 Grammy® award. Mendes and his cool factor continue to be ever present.

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