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Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim and Joao at Jazz Standard, NYC, USA

by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta
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It was an inspired evening of Brazilian music at Jazz Standard in New York City with Vinicius Cantuária’s exciting performance of songs by the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim & João Gilberto. Together with his band, Helio Alves on piano, Paul Sokolow on bass, Adriano Santos on drums, and Marivaldo dos Santos on percussion, Vinicius Cantuária demonstrated the popularity and longevity of their music, as he is clearly a contemporary master of bossa nova, samba, and Latin jazz.


Vinicius Cantuária

We had the pleasure of seeing Vinicius Cantuária perform with his band at Jazz Standard on Friday, November 15, 2019, as part of their 4-night engagement there. Brazilian music is always a draw in New York, and with the combination of music created by the legendary Brazilian bossa nova masters, Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto, expertly performed by Vinicuius Cantuária, it was a magical evening of music.

We caught the first set where a few of the many highlights of the evening included the songs, Só danço samba, which had us (and several other members of the appreciative audience) dancing in our chairs, Desafinado, Corcovado, Felicidade and many more. A guitar master, Vinicius Cantuária was a joy to watch, and his voice was a perfect complement to the music.

Vinicius Cantuaria
Vinicius Cantuária

No stranger to this music, Brazilian singer, songwriter, arranger, and guitarist, Vinicius Cantuária was born in the city of Manaus in1951 and raised in Rio de Janeiro during the beginning of the bossa nova movement made famous by Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto.

In 2015, Cantuária released an homage album to Jobim, entitled Vinicius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (Vinicius sings Antonio Carlos Jobim) on the Sunnyside records label, which included Ligia, Caminhos cruzados, Vivo sonhando, Só dançosamba, Garota de Ipanema, Felicidade, Por causa de você, Este seu olhar, Vocêvai ver and many more.

Vinicius Cantuaria, Marivaldo dos Santos
Vinicius Cantuária and Marivaldo dos Santos

For his Jazz Standard performance, Vinicius Cantuária Sings Jobim & João, he honored both legends. Antonio Carlos Jobim (also known as Tom Jobin) was a Brazilian composer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and singer, born in 1927 in Rio de Janeiro, and died in New York City in 1994. He was affectionately called the "father of bossa nova" and many of his songs have become jazz standards. One of his most famous songs is the Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema). João Gilberto was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist born in the state of Bahia in 1931 and died in Rio de Janeiro in 2019. Like Jobim, he too was a strong contributor and pioneer to the bossa nova movement. Together they were Brazilian masters of bossa nova, samba, and Latin jazz. A few of Gilberto’s most famous songs include Desafinado, Chega de Saudade, Corcovado, Bim Bom, O Pato, and many more.

Vinicius Cantuaria, Debra C. Argen, Marivaldo dos Santos
Vinicius Cantuaria, Debra C. Argen, Marivaldo dos Santos

A Little Background on the Band

Helio Alves was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and now lives in New York. A talented Jazz pianist, his parents are also pianists. Drummer Adriano Santos has been playing drums since the age of 12. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, then moved to New York to study with Ron Carter. He has worked with an amazing group of artists including Vinicius Cantuária, Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Bebel Gilberto, Paulo Moura, and Nilson Matta, to name but a few. Percussionist Marivaldo dos Santos hails from the city of Salvador in the north of Brazil in the state of Bahia. He is a composer, musician, percussionist, and producer. He has played with Sting, Lauren Hill, Wyclef Jean, Bill Frisell, Eliane Elias, and many more. He also appeared on Broadway in STOMP. Brazilian bass player and arranger Paul Sokolow has a long list of accomplishments to his name including playing with Herbie Mann.

For information on Vinicius Cantuária or his upcoming tour dates, please visit his website: www.vinicius.com.

Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts.

About Jazz Standard

"For over a decade, Jazz Standard has been setting the standard-world-class jazz, warm hospitality, pitch-perfect sound, and award-winning Southern cuisine and barbecue in an intimate and comfortable environment. As one of the world’s top jazz venues, Jazz Standard hosts both legendary artists of today and bright stars of tomorrow. Jazz Standard is a non-tipping restaurant. Hospitality Included."

For information on upcoming performances at Jazz Standard or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at +1-212-576-2232 or visit their website at www.jazzstandard.com.

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2019 Dates


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