Tidbits, Trivia, & News
Magazine (in chronological order)
- An article from Keyboard Magazine, 1986 (courtesy of the writer,
"Jazziz" magazine (USA) May 1990 - click on thumbnails below to see full screen size:
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
... "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.
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
- (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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- A Brazilian newspaper article about the Donato Trio that was
published while the Trio was still playing in Brasil in March
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
Concert Producer: Sonia Sirimarco.
Above advertising promoting the Donato
concert at Bourbon Street, in São Paulo, April 10 & 11,
2001, for broadcast on DirecTV.
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
Palmyra & Levita performing live with Joao Donato, in Brasilia,
February 2003, in the opening night of their tour to promote the
That Rainy Bossa Day". This concert
was filmed and broadcast live as a musical special in Brazilian
This photo appeared at the top of an
article which can be accessed below and was taken from a live sold
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.
- Newspaper article from A Tarde, published on October 11,
Tickets for the Noite da MPB concert
with Palmyra & Levita, Ithamara Koorax,
Joao Donato and Emilio Santiago, at the Concha Acustica amphiteater
6,000 people in Salvador (Bahia), on October 10, 2003.
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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