Spring Jazz Series: SambelezaMarch 03, 2017
Sambeleza performs a wide variety of Brazilian songs - both old and new - with a jazz twist. Featured composers include Tom Jobim, Ivan Lins and Ary Barroso, as well as younger composers like Djavan, Dani and Debora Gurgel and Arlindo Cruz. Brasil is well known for its rich heritage - a blend of indigenous, African and European cultures - from which the music has risen with fascinating rhythms, soaring melodies and colorful harmonies.
Sambeleza derives its name from two words: samba, the national dance of Brasil, and beleza, Portuguese for 'beauty'. The group has performed widely in Connecticut at festivals - including the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Middletown Summer Sounds, Milford and Hamden Arts Councils - and at universities, nightclubs, restaurants, and libraries throughout the Southern Connecticut region.
The musicians of Sambeleza, Laura Volpintesta, Joe Carter and Jeff Fuller, are outstanding US and Brazilian interpreters of the great songs of the bossa nova and samba traditions, as well as outstanding jazz artists in their own right. They will be joined by saxophonist Tim Moran and Brazilian drummer, Adriano Santos.