We regret to announce that Milton Nascimento has cancelled both of his dates at this year's Festival.
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Ask a jazz musician to name his or her favorite living Brazilian composer and the answer is likely to be Milton Nascimento. Ever since he catapulted to fame in 1967 at Rio de Janeiro’s second International Song Festival, where he introduced three instant standards, “Travessia,” “Morro Velho,” and “Maria, Minha Fé,” Nascimento has written dozens of tunes so harmonically rich and luminously melodic that they’ve irresistibly enticed jazz interpretation. Herbie Hancock recorded a series of albums with him, starting with the 1969 CTI album Courage. But it was his classic collaboration with Wayne Shorter, 1974’s Native Dancer, that opened the international floodgates, leading to recordings with everyone from Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon and Earth Wind and Fire to Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, and Jack DeJohnette. While musicians from around the world continue to record his songs (Esperanza Spalding is a devotee), Nascimento is often the most effective interpreter of his own music. With a gorgeous multi-octave voice and uncanny gift for combining disparate elements in his arrangements, Nascimento gleans influences from far and wide, seamlessly blending rock and jazz, Portuguese fado and Spanish guitars, Andean flutes and Gregorian chants.