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Published: 05/02/2018


Program #1353 - 'The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz'

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From the very beginning, Smooth Jazz has always flirted with Brazil: The music from the Land of Samba and Sun always seems to have a long line of interested suitors practicing their jazz steps, and with Smooth Jazz on the fast track to success, who could ask for a more willing dance partner? I'll tell you all about it, rigth after the breaK:


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This week’s show:

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!

~ Scott Adams



‘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             

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  



More from Brazil Club:


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 rounds up some of the best hits from guitarist Lee Ritenour.

I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please - tell a few friends about us on 90.9 FM WDCB every Sunday at 2 pm Central. It's always great to share the music.

Always a pleasure,


Scott Adams

The Sounds of Brazil!


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05/02 3:00 pm CT Wednesday: Streaming debut at Brazil Club

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05/04 8:00 pm ET Friday: Jazz City Radio

05/05 6:00 pm CT Saturday: Chat Box 'Meet Up', BrazilCubUSA.com

05/06 10:00 am ET Sunday: Wave 105

05/06:00 pm CT Sunday: Smooth Jazz Expressions

05/06 2:00 pm CT Sunday: WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago

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