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Trio da Paz, Special Guests, and Quatro na Bossa Bring Rio to Dizzy's Club "Coca-Cola"

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Trio da Paz and Special Guests
(Trio da Paz Website)
Trio da Paz:
Duduka Da Fonseca on Drums
Romero Lubambo on Guitar
Nilson Matta on Bass
Special Guests:
Harry Allen on Tenor Sax
Joe Locke on Vibes
Maucha Adnet on Vocals

After Hours:
Quatro na Bossa
(Quatro na Bossa Website)
With:
Laura Ann Boyd on Vocals
Kevin Harding on Guitar
Randy Farmer on Bass
Rogerio Boccato on Drums

At
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
NY, NY
212.258.9595
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 23, 2011

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (Courtesy of Maucha Adnet):

INSTRUMENTAL QUINTET:
“MANHÃ DE CARNAVAL” (LUIS BONFÁ)
"SWEEPING THE CHIMNEY" (ROMERO LUBAMBO)

MAUCHA ADNET WITH THE QUINTET:
“A FELICIDADE” (AC JOBIM - VINICIUS DE MORAES)
“FOTOGRAFIA” (AC JOBIM - ALOYSIO DE OLIVEIRA)
“EU E O MEU AMOR/LAMENTO NO MORRO” - (AC JOBIM - VINICIUS DE MORAES)

TRIO DA PAZ:
“DONA MARIA” (DUDUKA DA FONSECA)

TRIO DA PAZ WITH HARRY ALLEN:
“I CONCENTRATE ON YOU” (COLE PORTER)

MAUCHA ADNET WITH THE QUINTET:
“ELA É CARIOCA” ( AC JOBIM - VINICIUS DE MORAES)

ENCORE:
“GAROTA DE IPANEMA” (AC JOBIM - VINICIUS DE MORAES)


I caught the second set at Dizzy’s for the always luxurious sound of Trio da Paz, with their authentic Brazilian ballads and dynamic special guests. Tonight’s special guests were Maucha Adnet, a Jobim original, on vocals, the versatile Harry Allen, on tenor sax, and the energized Joe Locke, on vibes. Trio da Paz includes Duduka Da Fonseca, another Jobim original, on drums, and fellow, native Brazilians, Romero Lubambo on guitar and Nilson Matta on bass. This ensemble of six has performed together, now, for several gigs at Dizzy’s, and they’ve established quite a following, with a two-week, sold-out run. The ambiance was warm, vibrant, and bonded, as we joined these six artists on the road to Rio.

The set opened with Romero on guitar lead, then Harry Allen on sax, then Joe Locke on vibes, as they rotated the Brazilian theme and ornamentations. Nilson Matta had a vivacious riff, enhanced by Romero’s chords, and Duduka provided essential rhythms and textures. The improvisational style of this seasoned ensemble is what gives it such freshness and serendipitous flair. In fact, Harry Allen told me before the set that the ballads and Sambas are decided upon right onstage, a great way to ensure a new take on a favorite melody. It’s just that inherent melodious thread that showcases Trio da Paz and its concert appearances, as the sound is always smooth and sultry. This is Brazilian Jazz at its best.

Harry Allen led the next piece with a powerful combo of Samba and Swing. Having two straight jazz musicians join the trio gives the audience a first-class experience, different every night and every set. Joe Locke’s riffs on vibes are filled with cadence and south of the border animation. The beat was so prominent, you just wanted to sway and bounce in your seat. Romero made his guitar strings race along, anticipating his colleagues’ notes, in compelling coordination. When Maucha Adnet arrived, in her long black dress, Jobim’s masterpieces were celebrated. Ms. Adnet’s vocals are sensual, naturally pronounced, full of gestural meaning. Nilson and Duduka kept the tempo exotic and pulsating, with Nilson’s bass rich and Duduka’s drums fascinating.

When Harry Allen and Romero teamed up for a duo, they had the stage to themselves. The sound was mellow and mesmerizing. As the guitar showcased a theme, the sax turned it inside out, varying the tempo and phrases, for exhilarating results. Romero bent over his guitar, maximizing the moment. Trio da Paz took its own spotlight for three, and Duduka shone with drum riffs that electrically filled the Club. When each special guest arrived for differing stage combinations, an introspective, abstract quality ensued, but always harmonious, always lovely. Romero and Duduka took turns greeting the crowd, with brief informative comments about the music, a good way to interest return guests. “The Girl from Ipanema” breezed in as the encore, and she took us further into Rio, making us want more.

Just when the aura seemed about to burst, a sensational quartet, Quatro na Bossa, took over in the After Hours set with a decidedly different motif. Laura Ann Boyd’s vocals are brisk, clear, and sometimes operatic. She and Kevin Harding on guitar led the group with blended jazz and Bossa Nova compositions. They introduced yet more of Jobim, but with occasional scat and casual flair. This was an informal ensemble, with Randy Farmer on bass and Rogerio Boccato on drums. One Jobim standard opened like a lullaby, with Kevin Harding expanding Laura Ann Boyd’s vocal theme. This music, undulating and magnetic, kept me in my seat throughout the After Hours. Randy Farmer added gliding bass strings to spark the imagination with thoughts of Carnivale floats. Rogerio Boccato’s percussion was understated and transporting. The sound was contemporary, but mellow and melancholy. A tambourine added spice, but this sound never overwhelms the listener; rather, it draws one in. Thanks to Quatro na Bossa, tonight’s experience was even larger. Kudos to Todd Barkan for this all-Brazilian night at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Check Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for current and upcoming listings.



Duduka Da Fonseca,
Kenia (Brazilian Jazz Artist),
Romero Lubambo, at Leisure
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Romero Lubambo on Guitar,
Harry Allen on Tenor Sax,
Nilson Matta on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Joe Locke on Vibes,
Romero Lubambo
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Maucha Adnet on Vocals,
Harry Allen, Nilson Matta
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Joe Locke, Maucha Adnet,
Harry Allen, Nilson Matta,
Duduka Da Fonseca
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Joe Locke, Maucha Adnet,
Harry Allen, Nilson Matta
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Romero Lubambo,
Maucha Adnet, Harry Allen
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Romero Lubambo, Harry Allen
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Trio da Paz
Romero Lubambo,
Nilson Matta,
Duduka Da Fonseca
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Duduka Da Fonseca,
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Nilson Matta,
Duduka Da Fonseca
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Trio Da Paz with
Maucha Adnet,
Harry Allen, Joe Locke
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Trio Da Paz with
Maucha Adnet,
Harry Allen, Joe Locke
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Romero Lubambo,
Maucha Adnet,
Harry Allen, Nilson Matta
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Quatro na Bossa
Performs After Hours
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Quatro na Bossa
Performs After Hours
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Quatro na Bossa
Performs After Hours
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net