Sérgio Mendes
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Sérgio Mendes
60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova

Sérgio Mendes

Nov 29 - Dec 01, 2019
Miner Auditorium
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A legend of Brazilian music and one of the prime architects of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s, pianist, composer and triple GRAMMY winner Sérgio Mendes returns to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the intoxicating mix of jazz and Brazilian pop he helped define. Mendés first made an impact in collaboration with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Cannonball Adderley, and came to international stardom with his iconic band Brasil ’66. “The man who put go-go boots on Brazilian music and brought it to the world” (Billboard), Mendes jettisoned thoughts of a classical career when the distinctive jazz-meets-samba fusion called bossa nova began to evolve in the clubs of Rio in the late 50s.

Following a string of largely instrumental bossa albums, Mendes signed with music giant Herb Alpert’s A&M Records label, adding vocalists singing in English and Portuguese and mixing Brazilian songs with ultra-hip arrangements of contemporary pop tunes. His 1966 debut for A&M, Herb Alpert Presents Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, cracked the top 10 on the Billboard pop charts and included a bona fide hit single with its effervescent take on Jorge Ben’s “Mas Que Nada.” Over the following five decades, the endlessly prolific Mendes recorded 40 albums and has remained a timelessly vital artist, collaborating with a who’s-who of pop music, world music, and jazz, including Stevie Wonder, Dave Grusin, Dori Caymmi, Gerry Mulligan, will.i.am, Erykah Badu, John Legend, and Justin Timberlake. In 2012, Mendes received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in recognition of his contribution to the soundtrack of the animated film Rio.

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Over the following five decades, the endlessly prolific Mendes recorded 40 albums and has remained a timelessly vital artist, collaborating with a who’s-who of pop music, world music, and jazz.

Bossa Nova for the World—Sérgio Mendes Interview
by Richard Scheinin

Mendes has spent four decades Americanizing his country’s samba and bossa nova while Brazilianizing American pop.

Village Voice

Mendes has spent four decades Americanizing his country’s samba and bossa nova while Brazilianizing American pop.

Village Voice

Personnel

Sérgio Mendes keyboards
Maria Gracinha Leporace vocals
Leo Costa drums & vocals
Scott Mayo keyboards, saxophone, & vocals 
Kaite Hampton vocals
Andre Dos Santos bass
Marco Dos Santos percussion
Kleber Jorge Pimenta guitar & vocals

The man who put go-go boots on Brazilian music and brought it to the world.

Billboard

Personnel

Sérgio Mendes keyboards
Maria Gracinha Leporace vocals
Leo Costa drums & vocals
Scott Mayo keyboards, saxophone, & vocals 
Kaite Hampton vocals
Andre Dos Santos bass
Marco Dos Santos percussion
Kleber Jorge Pimenta guitar & vocals

The man who put go-go boots on Brazilian music and brought it to the world.

Billboard

Watch & Listen

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Mas Que Nada

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Scarborough Fair

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Mas Que Nada

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Scarborough Fair