The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz

The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz

Air Date: 06-01-21 through 06-05-21

On Demand: 05-30-21 through 06-13-21 is the official streaming radio partner for The Sounds of Brazil!

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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.

Nine decades ago (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’. 50 years ago, Sergio Mendes, Deodato and Flora Purim added their names to the jazz and pop charts to help 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 Alkemix and Lee Ritenour have found their beginnings with Brazilian groups and you’ll appreciate our program’s focus.

I’ve packed our playlist with smooth jazzers near and far, in every conceivable combination, with more than a few surprises along the way: Rick Braun, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Legend, Ray Obiedo, Randy Crawford, Brian McKnight, Roberto Tola, Brian Simpson, Pat Metheny, Torcuato Mariano, Kilauea, Wayman Tisdale and Will Downing 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 tunes from Djavn – including his new single penned by Torcuato Mariano – when you listen at the top of the hour at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm CT, exclusively on our streaming station. Visit the Listening Lounge.

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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 Jazz

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             

Slow Motion<>Roberto Tola with Darryl Walker/Colors

Special Announcement: 

Sao Paulo<>Rick Braun/Single

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

Espelhos D’Agua<>Preta Gil/Prét-A-Porter

Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

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

Big Sur Cruise<>Marcos Ariel/Wave Hunter

Rio Skyline<>Kilauea/Tropical Pleasures  



The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz

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 Downing/Euphoria

Special Announcement

Baby Come To Me<>Eliane Elias/Love Stories

Set 2:

Introduce Next Set: Brazil Back2Back: Grover Washington Jr

San Juan Sunset<>Lee Ritenour/Rio

San Juan Sunset<>Deodato/Love Island

Introduce Next Song

Todo Dia<>Atlantica/Always

Villa Capri<>Ray Obiedo/Carosel

So Nice<>Bebel Gilberto/Tanto Tempo   

Set 3:

Better Days Ahead<>Pat Metheny/Letter From Home

Time To Lounge<>Alkemx/Rendezvous Lounge

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Next Week: June’s ‘Art of Brazilian Jazz’ theme continues with ‘The Best of guitarist Sandro Albert’. I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please – tell a few friends about us! It’s always great to share the music.

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The Brazilian Side of Smooth