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Leny Andrade

Producing the virtuosic and vigorous design of samba-jazz her main subject of expression, Leny Andrade obtained a good reputation like a singer and improviser, recognized by the many best musicians who’ve performed with her, such as for example Paquito D’Rivera (who considers Andrade his favorite singer), Luiz Eça, Dick Farney, João Donato, Eumir Deodato, and Francis Hime. Leny Andrade’s eclectic design became better described with the arrival of bossa nova, by which she released jazz components into her performing. Finally, she chosen a synthesis of samba-jazz that refutes a lot of the delicacy and focus on the lyrics as suggested by bossa nova, and only a more enthusiastic interpretation. The LP Registro (1979) is an excellent test of her commitment compared to that genre. She also offers albums focused on rootsy samba-canção/samba composers like Cartola, Leny Andrade Interpreta Cartola (1987), and Nelson Cavaquinho (Luz Negra, 1994). Throughout her profession, Andrade acquired many hits plus some of her biggest consist of “Estamos Aí” (Durval Ferreira/Maurício Einhorn), “A Resposta” (Marcos Valle/Paulo Sérgio Valle), and “Samba de Rei” (Marcos Vasconcellos/Pingarilho). At six, Andrade had been taking traditional piano classes. At nine, she began to sing on radio displays just like the Clube perform Guri (Rádio Tupi, Rio de Janeiro). Six years afterwards, she became the crooner for the Permínio Gonçalves Orchestra. In 1961, she performed on the historical nightclubs from the Beco das Garrafas, Bacará (associated with the Sérgio Mendes Trio), and Bottle’s Club. Her first record, A Sensação, premiered that same calendar year. Within the next calendar year, she became the crooner of Dick Farney’s orchestra in São Paulo. In 1965, she acquired success using the present Gemini V, as well as Pery Ribeiro as well as the Bossa Três on the Porão 73 nightclub, that was documented live and released as an LP. For the reason that same calendar year, she documented “Estamos Aí” (Durval Ferreira/Maurício Einhorn), perhaps one of the most essential music of her repertory, for an eponymous LP. Andrade departed after that for a period in Argentina, by the end which she resolved in Mexico, where she resided from 1966 to 1970. In 1972, she and Ribeiro starred within the Gemini V present once again, yielding the live documented LP Gemini Cinco Anos Depois/Pery Ribeiro & Leny Andrade. In 1973, she participated over the live saving Expo-Som ’73, as well as Márcia, Simone, and Ari Vilela. Her worldwide activities obtained momentum within the years of 1980 and 1990, an interval where she distributed her time taken between the U.S. and Brazil. In 1993, she transferred to NY, NY. Within the U.S., she performed intensively in jazz celebrations, 40 just within the first calendar year. In August 1994, she participated within the Hollywood Dish Celebration (LA, CA), executing for 15,000 people. Within the same calendar year, she performed on the Lincoln Middle and released her praised acoustic record in duet with guitarist Romero Lubambo (Coisa Fina). In 1995, she was nominated for the Clear prize as Greatest MPB Female Vocalist, released Letra e Música in duet with Cristóvão Bastos (an record focused on Tom Jobim’s originals with melody and lyrics created without collaborators), and participated within the Umbria Jazz Event (Umbria, Italy) and in the 4th Blu Jazz Event (Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil). In 1998, she also participated within the JVC Jazz Event (NY, NY) and on it unique Tim Maia Tribute (Multishow, Brazil).

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