The Warmth of The Brazilian Piano

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Album cover artwork, courtesy of Antonio Adolfo Music

Program #1388 – The Brazilian Piano

The Brazilian Piano airs daily on our streaming Station from 01-02-19 through 01-08-19 Monday-Friday at 7 am, 3 pm, 6 pm and midnight Central Time (US). Weekends, too.

On The Radio: Listen to The Sounds of Brazil every Sunday, 2-4 pm on Chicago’s 90.9 FM WDCB and streaming live at  Click here for a complete list of our affiliate stations.

A warm welcome to the New Year!

January’s arrival brings a new theme for both The Sounds of Brazil and

‘The Warmth of Brazil’ will be reflected not only in the music you enjoy here on our streaming station, our syncopated program and our 10 streaming channels, but also through the stories we share on our website.

I think you’ll like what we have planned in the weeks ahead and that you’ll share it with your friends, too. It begins with The Brazilian Piano.

But where to begin? It’s easy to trace a direct path from Jobim to Marcos Ariel’s contemporary sound.

And even though Gregg Karukas is not Brazilian, his take on the spirit of Brazilian warmth on ‘Rio Drive’ resonates with the feeling we all share when thoughts of a sunny day in Copacabana linger.

More? In the 70’s pianist Antonio Adolfo spurred a generational shift away from Bossa to redefine the piano’s role in Brazil by plugging into jazz, Brazilian pop and funk. Back then, his piano was electric but for this show, we pair him with his Brazilian Grand to kindle the warmth of Brazilian jazz.

Cesar Camargo Mariano’s mastery of those 88’s completely reinvents’ ‘Send One Your Love’ so completely that it has brought tears to Stevie Wonder’s eyes. See and listen below.

Two Luiz’s for the Brazilian piano

Luiz Avellar cut his teeth with Milton Nascimento’s band before transforming Ivan Lins’  ‘Meu Pais’ for us this week, and Luiz Eça, whose 1964 ‘Tristeza De Nos Dois’ was recovered from the Masters vault at Polygram Brasil.

You’ll hear them both on Friday’s Brazil Back2Back segment at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm Central, right here on our streaming station.

And of course, Jobim… and his home studio piano, featured in a rare recording this week.

Ask any one or all of these about Antonio Carlos Jobim and they’ll remind you of the true value of music: that creative commodity which is lost in the endless avalanche of mp3 downloads all too often these days.

You’ll find it again here, with the Brazilian piano.

Get my video list of the ‘Top 10 Songs of 2018 and read up on Connectbrazil’s selection of Album of The Year.

But first, let’s catch up with a few timely tips for the week ahead:

Make A Resolution: To listen to The Sunday Brazilian Brunch. It’s perfect for smoothing out the bumps of a busy week. Three full hours every Sunday beginning at 5 am Central, and then again at 9 am, 2 pm and 8 pm. No app needed when you click the ‘play’ arrow at the bottom of every page at

This Sunday, It’s a Brazilian Champagne Toast for 2019 and you are invited to listen live!

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Our Streaming Station’s popular Brazil Back2Back segment has growen to a third play every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Listen at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm Central.

Always two of a kind, and always two in a row! Have an idea for an upcomiong Brazil Back2Back? Click here to make a request.

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Happy Listening,
Scott Adams

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Legacy and Alchemy’s Alexandra Jackson at City Winery New York City on January 7, 2019. One Night Only!

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The Brazilian Piano

Hour 1:
Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme
Rio Sway<>Brian Simpson & Maysa/Out Of A DreamMariana<>Torcuato Mariano/Diary
Quando A Gente Ama<>Água Na Boca/Apaixonado (not available)
Welcome to the Lounge            
Bahia Dawn<>Bernward Koch/Laguna de la Vera
Special Announcement

Set 2:
Introduce Our Next Set
Nadia<>Antonio Adolfo/Antonio AdolfoUnder The Sun<>Michael Franks/Rendezvous In RioIntroduce Next Song                       
Libertar<>Mart’nalia/+ MisturadoRainha<>Toco & Nina Miranda/MemoriasLong Time Coming<>Bill Cunliffe/Bill In Brazil

Set 3: This Week’s Spotlight Song
As Praias Desertas<>Morelenbaum-Sakamoto/CasaMeu Pais (My Country)<>Luiz Avellar/Homenagem a Ivan LinsDon’t Say Goodbye<>Sergio Mendes w/John Legend/Magic


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The Brazilian Piano

Hour 2:
Set 1:
Double Rainbow<>Stan Getz/Best of Two WorldsWelcome to our 2nd Hour
Estrada Do Sol<>Tom Jobim/ComposerMercador de Siri<> Dori Caymmi/Brasilian SerenataWave<>Oscar Peterson/Motions & EmotionsSpecial Announcement

Set 2:
Introduce Our Next Set
Labirintos<>Alexandra Jackson/Legacy & AlchemyCalm<>Marcos Ariel/Magic EyesIntroduce Next Song
Nos Dois<>Milton Nascimento/A Barca Dos AmantesTender Storm<>John Klemmer/BraziliaRio Drive<>Gregg Karukas/Soul Secrets

Set 3:
To Say Goodbye<>Kevyn Lettau/Kevyn LettauValsa de Uma Cidade<>Azymuth/Carioca


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