João Donato live, 1986.


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1986, Keyboard Magazine (in chronological order)

 Donatokeyboard-art.JPG - An article from Keyboard Magazine, 1986 (courtesy of the writer, Arnaldo DeSouteiro).

May 1990

"Jazziz" magazine (USA) May 1990 - click on thumbnails below to see full screen size:

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Excerpts from a story published in the above May 1990 issue of "Jazziz" magazine (USA) by Mark Holston:


An evening rain shower is pelting Copacabana as I slide into the back seat of jazz critic Arnaldo DeSouteiro's late-model Chevy for a visit to the popular jazz club "People" in neighboring Leblon. A cassette of one of singer Joao Gilberto's late-70s recordings supplies an appropriate mood as Arnaldo, his lovely wife Carol, and I zip through the glistening, neon-accented streets. This is one of those nights when low clouds obscure all but the summits of Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, giving Rio a mystical air. No wonder they call the place "Cidade Maravilhosa" - the marvelous city.

Arnaldo writes about jazz and Brazilian music for the Rio daily, Tribuna da Imprensa. He's the kind of guy who will offer up stimulating arguments on just about anything in jazzdom, from the validity of pianist Bud Powell's early '50s trios to the woes that beset some of his country's best improvisational artists. He also has strong opinions about the kind of Brazilian music that is too often heard in the States.

"Some of the albums produced there may be very well done by great musicians," Arnaldo says, "but the sound is not the real Brazilian sound - it's just fusion made by Brazilians." The writer also notes that, despite a flood of recordings in the U.S. by more contemporary musicians, American perceptions of his country's music remains shaped by the bossa nova revolution of the mid-1960s. "I'm almost sure that when people hear the new stuff, they are a little disappointed," he comments. Not because it's not good, but because it's completely different from what they expect. And I don't see any of the recordings by the new artists going to the top of the charts, as it used to happen."

... "It's sad that Brazilians didn't listen to Nara (Leao) very much in the last years of her career," Arnaldo DeSouteiro laments. Carol, Arnaldo, and I are now in "People" catching a set by pianist Joao Donato's trio. The famous composer/arranger/guitarist Dori Caymmi, a table companion, also decries the fickle nature of his country's record producers, radio programmers, and public. We can only hope that, in the U.S., the current media interest in sounds from Brazil is more than just another fad.

April 2000


Program front cover from concert which featured tracks from the Amazonas CD, which had just been released in Brazil.
Below are two pages from the inside of the program.

sound.gif - Solo-with-donato.mp3 - (1.8 mb) - This excerpt with Donato on piano and drummer Claudio Slon is taken from one of the unissued tracks of The João Donato Trio performing in concert with the São Paulo Jazz Sinfonica in May 2000.  This track was NOT included on the The Frog CD - which was recorded from that live concert.  The excerpt is in stereo and features the Donato Trio playing "Minha Saudade" without the symphony. The above link will take you to the place in Claudio's website where the mp3 file resides.



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  OEstado_Donato.pdf - A Brazilian newspaper article about the Donato Trio that was published while the Trio was still playing in Brasil in March 2000.


February 2001



Ithamara Koorax/João Donato Concert in Saõ Paulo, Brazil at SESC Theater--Feb 3 & 4, 2001.

Personnel: Ithamara Koorax (vocal); João Donato (piano); Luiz Alves (bass); Robertinho Silva (drums).

Concert Producer: Sonia Sirimarco.





April 2001




Above advertising promoting the Donato concert at Bourbon Street, in São Paulo, April 10 & 11, 2001, for broadcast on DirecTV.

May 2001

The concert program (above and below) from the Donato Trio's performance in Brazil - Spring 2001 - personally signed by Mr. Donato himself.




Here is the Program/Ad of Donato's concerts on May 25, celebrating the release of Remando na Raia.

February 2003

Palmyra & Levita performing live with Joao Donato, in Brasilia, February 2003, in the opening night of their tour to promote the album
"Here's That Rainy Bossa Day". This concert was filmed and broadcast live as a musical special in Brazilian TV.

October 2003

This photo appeared at the top of an article which can be accessed below and was taken from a live sold out concert
given on October 10 at amphiteater Concha Acustica and which was broadcast live for all Northeast Brazil by TV Educadora.
The newspaper review was published in Bahia's leading newspaper, A Tarde, on October 11.

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Tickets for the Noite da MPB concert with Palmyra & Levita, Ithamara Koorax,
Joao Donato and Emilio Santiago, at the Concha Acustica amphiteater for
6,000 people in Salvador (Bahia), on October 10, 2003.

July 2005

Donato composition played on "Le Show"!

An episode of Harry Shearer's "Le Show" radio program played a part of Donato's "Bananeira" composition (sung by Joyce) as a transition piece between segments of the show.

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