Award winning Brazilian singer-songwriter – Juliana Areias, the “Bossa Nova Baby”, invites you to finish the year in the grooviest mode, celebrating the music and life of the greatest lady of Brazilian Samba-Jazz: Leny Andrade.
Described by Tony Bennett as the “Ella Fitzgerald of Brazil”, Leny spent her career touring the world and living between her home town of Rio de Janeiro, New York and Mexico. Tony used to often come to watch Leny’s concerts and he loved to make live drawings of her while she was performing. Tony Bennet and Leny Andrade were together in music, friendship and life, to the point of leaving us only a few days apart, on the 21st and 24th of July 2023 respectively.
For the The New York Times Andrade was both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova …”her voice seems to contain the body and soul of Brazil.”
Leny Andrade’s impeccable sense of rhythm, signature scats, rich low vocals, and majestic presence has gained the respect and admiration of generations. Indeed, Leny is the singer who Juliana Areias most saw live since her teenage years, and is Areias’s greatest inspiration to become a singer herself.
The concert will feature some of the most iconic songs and arrangements from Leny’s repertoire, featuring composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Djavan, Chico Buarque, Gonzaquinha, Moacyr Luz, Aldir Blanc, Dolores Duran, Carlos Lyra, Durval Ferreira, Mauricio Einhorn… as well as the very first bolero Leny learned in Spanish “Si me enamoro” by Sergio Mianovich, and some of the delicious stories she used to tell on stage which Juliana Areias still remembers by heart.
Juliana Areias is honoured to share the stage once more with the amazing musicians of her Bossa Nova Baby band: Joshua de Silva (seven string guitar), Paul Millard (sax/flute), Tommi Flamenco (bass), Bronton Ainsworth (drums), Rafael Medeiros de Souza (percussion); and special guest singer-songwriter Loro Bardot. This will be the last opportunity to enjoy Juliana Areias and Joshua de Silva performing together and a celebration of all the beautiful musicianship they have created during six years of collaboration.
Juliana Areias has performed on major stages internationally including the Sydney Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, the Green Room in New York, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Auckland Festival in New Zealand and the legendary Beco das Garrafas in Rio de Janeiro. Dubbed the “Bossa Nova Baby” by iconic Brazilian journalist Ruy Castro, her original album “Bossa Nova Baby” won “Best Brazilian Album” at the US Focus Brazil Awards in 2019 and spent five weeks in the US Top 100 Jazz Charts. Juliana has also been nominated five times for Western Australian Music Awards including Best World Music Act and Best Song.
Now it is your turn to feel spellbound by the Bossa Nova Baby, Juliana Areias.
–“The idea of mixing styles and cultures is reflected in Areias’ life and her music.”, Daily Record – USA
–“Rhythmically perfect and passionate vocal delivery. The toast of the Perth Jazz Scene. The release of Bossa Nova Baby has elevated her above a mere covers singer or bossa specialist. The singer excels in an elegant co-composed duet (Belas Artes) with Australia’s finest Brazilian-oriented 7-string guitarist, Doug de Vries” – The Australian
–“We celebrate the changing face of Australian music with Brazilian-born, Perth based singer Juliana’s excellent, Bossa Nova-centred album.” – ABC Radio National
–“It’s bossa that plays soccer with Jazz – as it has since the 60’s – and scoring a goal.” – O GLOBO – Brazil
–”A wonderful Brazilian-Australian bossa nova baby with contemporary bossa nova songs.“– Key and Chords – Belgium
More information: www.julianaareias.com