The Brazilian Side of Smooth

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PROGRAM #1405 – The Brazilian Side of Smooth

‘The Brazilian Side of Smooth!’ airs daily on our streaming station from 05-01-19 through 05-07-19 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


It’s true: You’d have to go back to the Roaring 20’s to find a point in time where American jazz and Brazilian music were not intertwined. In the 30’s and 40’s it was Ary Barroso’s hit songs ‘Brazil’ (Aquarela do Brasil) and ‘Bahia’ (Na Baixa do Sapateiro) that allowed Walt Disney and Carmen Miranda to put a musical backbeat to President Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy”.

In The 50’s and 60’s, it was Bossa Nova and ‘The Girl From Ipanema’. The 70’s brought Sergio Mendes, Deodato and Flora Purim to the jazz and pop charts and helped to set the table for the most successful era that American jazz will probably ever witness: The rise of Smooth Jazz in the late 1980’s.

And Brazil was ready and waiting for American jazz to once again catch up with its “popular” past.

We have only to look back at the success of Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto and Sergio Mendes to understand Brazilian music’s role in the creation of today’s Smooth Jazz style – and although its influence has waned in recent years, its only because the dots haven’t been connected.

Consider that artists as diverse as Praful and Lee Ritenour have found their beginnings with Brazilian groups and you’ll appreciate our program’s focus.

We’ve packed our playlist with smooth jazzers near and far, in every conceivable combination, with more than a few surprises along the way: George Benson, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Legend, Leo Gandelman, Al Jarreau, Brian McKnight, Dave Koz, Chris Standring, Brenda Russell, Kirk Whalum, guitarist Chuck Loeb, Michael Franks and Bobby Caldwell all step into the radio spotlight this week

I’m pretty sure that if you asked, each one would tell you all about their Brazilian connection. Happily, we have their music to tell their stories this week. Enjoy!

Happy Listening, Scott Adams

Friday’s Brazil Back2Back taps a pair of songs tunes from the Windy City when you listen at the top of the hour at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm CT, exclusively on our streaming station. Daily Listening Guide.

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Sunday’s Brazilian Brunch features ‘Sao Paulo Sirens’ from the ranks of Brazil’s superstars! Only on Sundays at 9 am, 2 pm and 8 pm Central time and only on The Sounds of Brazil’s streaming station.

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This week’s show:

The Brazilian Side of Smooth

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Rio De Janeiro Blue<>Randy Crawford/Best of..

Sensual Bossa<>Caibedo Island/Caibedo Tale

Baia<>Walter Wanderley/Next Stop Wonderland Soundtrack

Welcome to The Lounge             

Eu Tu Devoro<>Djavan/Bicho Solto XIII

Special Announcement: 

Eu Sei<>Marisa Monte/Mais

Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Quiet Moments/Lonnie Liston Smith/Exploration

Love I’ve Never Known<>John Legend/Red Hot +Rio 2

Introduce Next Song

Back At One<>Brian McKnight & Ivete Sangalo/Millennium

Ocean Way<>Torcuato Mariano/Last Look

Caberet da Sereia<>Flavio Venturini/Noites Com Sol

Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Rio Sway<>Brian Simpson & Maysa/Out Of A Dream

Clube Da Esqunia (Corner Club)<>UZ22/Renascimento

So Nice<>David Benoit & Marc Antoine/So Nice  



The Brazilian Side of Smooth

Hour 2:

Set 1:

Rio Drive<>Gregg Karukas/Soul Secrets

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Betcha Never<>R Silveira & Vanessa Williams/Sweetest Days

Brazilia<>Wayman Tisdale/Face To Face

Meu Bem Querer<>Will Dowing/Euphoria

Special Announcement

Everybody’s Beautiful (In Brazil)<>Bob Baldwin/Brazil Chill

Set 2:

Introduce Next Set: Brazil Back2Back: Grover Washington Jr

Camaleão<>GroverWashington, Jr./A Love Affair

Winelight<>Trio da Paz/Somewhere  

Introduce Next Song

Ventou-Ventou<>Jorge Vercillio/Como Diria Blavatsky

Rise<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

I Concentrate On You<>Bobby Caldwell/Blue Condition

Set 3:

Better Days Ahead<>Pat Metheny/Letter From Home

Time To Lounge<>Alkemx/Rendezvous Lounge

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Next Week: May’s ‘Crossing Borders’ theme continues with ‘The Best of Bebel Gilberto’, just in time for her birthday. I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please – tell a few friends about us! It’s always great to share the music.

Whether it’s your radio, your computer at work or your tablet or smart phone, thanks for tuning in! I really appreciate it, and please tell a friend or two about us.

And don’t forget about our weekly broadcasts in Chicago: Sundays at 2:00 pm Central on 90.9 FM WDCB and

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The Brazilian Side of Smooth