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Bossa Nova Takes Center Stage at Santa Monica Library
By Jorge Casuso
January 18, 2018 -- It's been 55 years since “The Girl From Ipanema” knocked the Beatles from the top spot on the Billboard charts and triggered a craze for the cool swing and gentle sway of Brazil's bossa nova sound.
On Thursday, January 25, at 7 p.m., the Santa Monica Public Library will host a concert by the Angelo Metz Quartet that testifies to the cross-fertilization of jazz and samba over the past half century.
The quartet performs "a repertoire exemplifying the influences of jazz in the Brazilian musical style of Bossa Nova, and explores its incorporation into the classic American Jazz songbook," event organizers said.
Among the legendary American musicians who have tapped into the cool bossa nova sound are Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
Unlike Afro-Cuban music, whose more aggressive, passionate sound that can be traced to Spain and Africa, Brazilian music taps into the lilting cadence of Portuguese for the bobbing, gentle pulse underlying its flowing melodies.
The presentation at the Main Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.
For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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