Farewell Brazil

Brazil is soul mix.  Mix of sound, culture, rhythms, melodies, messages, demands, divides, reunites.  The inner smile of Brazilian music and outer smile of Brazilan people moves me, makes me remember what’s good.  Thank-you Brazil.  I want to see you again.  Again and again.  Yours in song, Eli. HEALING SONG, from the jazz musical, Message […]

Manaus, Brazil

We arrived in Manaus to a press conference in the airport and what do you know, these reporters were prepared with good questions.  I’ll scan the articles when I can.  Thing is, you’ll need to read Portuguese to understand them.  We love the headline, “O JAZZ COMO PODER DE CURA.” “Jazz is able to be […]

Belem, Brazil

Belem is a music town!  There are multiple symphonic orchestras and a jazz orchestra here.  We did 2 concerts and a workshop.  We got an up close introduction to the mystical world of Carimbo and visited old churches, a fort, an open air market and had killer seafood.  Seems like everywhere we go, the Fishin’ […]

Fortaleza, Brazil

What a piano!  It’s amazing how the possibilities open with a fine Steinway instrument at my fingertips.  We opened the concert with our new arrangement of the spiritual, “Trouble of the World.”  After hearing this arrangement, one person observed, “Now I know where John Coltrane and those guys were coming from!”  It’s true, African American […]

American Bi-National Center

Last night was an amazing experience.  We performed for students, diplomats and friends of the American Bi-National Center in Recife.  This is a place that teaches classes in English.  Of course, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to invite the Maracatou kids from Corpos Percussivos.  We were so knocked out to perform two songs […]

Sitting In

Speaking of community. At the Conservatory we learned of a benefit for a beloved bassist in the community organized by his son.  The club was packed with folks pitching in for the cause.  LaFrae and I were honored to take part and sat in with the band on “I Feel So Glad” by Hop Wilson […]

Recife Conservatory

On Tuesday, we spent the day at the Recife Conservatory which has been teaching music to generations of Brazilians for many years.  As a matter of fact, many of the current teachers were once students at the conservatory which makes the place more then a school.  It is a family.  We felt right at home. […]

Recife, Brazil

We arrived in Recife in the north eastern Brazil on Monday.  No sooner did we arrive then we visited the famous school of Maracatou Drumming called Corpos Percussivos.  We were instantly enthralled by the great energy in the room.  The students were fully engaged physically, mentally and emotionally in the extraordinary rhythms and spirit of […]