Audience Alert: We regret to announce that our Ivan Lins performance scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at the Palace of Fine Arts has been cancelled due to health concerns related to recovery from surgery. If you purchased tickets via credit card, the card used for purchase will be automatically refunded the total amount, but if you have any questions, please contact the SFJAZZ Box Office at 415-788-7353 or boxoffice@sfjazz.org.

Ivan Lins

67-year-old Ivan Lins reigns as the preeminent Brazilian composer of his generation, on a par with icons including Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Though Lins didn’t release an album in the U.S. until 1986, his tunes had already made a huge impact on American music. After Quincy Jones scored a Grammy with his version of the pianist’s “Velas” on his 1981 album The Dude, the floodgates opened. Jazz giants including Sarah Vaughan, Joe Pass, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald began recording Ivan’s songs, as did pop stylists Barbra Streisand, Take 6 and Sting. In 1986, jazz singer Mark Murphy recorded an entire album of Lins compositions, Night Mood, and trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s 1996 collaboration with Lins produced a gorgeous Columbia session, The Heart Speaks. A marvelously inventive pianist and captivating singer, Lins is one of the best interpreters of his own songbook. For SFJAZZ, he makes a rare unplugged appearance on acoustic piano, performing the hits that have made him a legend.

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"Arguably the best Brazilian songwriter since Antonio Carlos Jobim. " — Los Angeles Times
"Lins is the genius of lyrical music in Brazil, a magician with harmony... on the same par as Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers and Hart, as well as Debussy and Ravel. " — Herbie Mann