Sergio Mendes Tickets

Sergio Mendes is a Brazilian Bossa nova and Latin jazz musician who has gained prominence for his contributions to the genre with the releases of more than fifty-five studio albums. Bossa nova, which is Brazilian style music, gained much popularity in the sixties beginning with a following of younger musicians, becoming a movement of sorts that attributes its musical features and many songs to the repertoire of standard jazz.  Mendes, in-keeping with the tradition, is known to play this style with a dominant mix of funk and jazz melodies. Owing to his work in the musical animated comedy called Rio, an Ice Age sequel, Mendes has already received a nomination from Academy Awards in the category of Best Original Song. The artist is married to singer Gracinha Leporace who often performs songs with Mendes such as the new version of Mas Que Nada released in 2006, which was made with The Black Eyed Peas. Mendes is also a very skilled pianist, bandleader, composer, songwriter and arranger. His dedication to creating innovative Bossa nova tunes have brought Sergio Mendes tickets much popularity in recent years.

Sergio Mendes has been performing since the late 1950s, playing in nightclubs during the times when Bossa nova was developing as a jazz inspired, stylistic version of samba. Mendes performed with his mentor musician Antonio Carlos Jobim and several jazz musicians from the US who were touring Brazil at the time. He then created Sexteto Bossa Rio, recording his first ever album Dance Moderno in the early sixties. This album was purely instrumental and included tracks called Oba-la-la, Love for Sale, Nica’s Dream, Satin Doll and Disa. Several songs from the album featured other well-known musicians such as Duke, Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Horace Silver, Johnny Alf, Mauricio Einhorn, Durval Ferreira and Ed Lincoln. While touring the US and Europe, Mendes met Herbie Mann and Cannonball Adderley whom he recorded albums with and performed Carnegie Hall. Later on, in 1964, he relocated to the USA where he made two albums with Atlantic Records and Capitol Records, under the name of Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’65.

 By 1963, Sergio Mendes had become partners with Brooklyn -artist Richard Adler through whom Joe Bennett with a Brazilian partner, Bossa Tres and two a couple of dancers appeared on Ed Sullivan Show. Alongside Mendes accompanied fellow musicians Flavio Ramos, Aloisio Olivera, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and a Rio-based TV producer.  This group appeared in one club called the Basin Street East and on a TV show, before leaving the US. On the formation of a new ensemble of Brasil ’65, quite a few West Coast musicians including Bud Shank and Shelly Mann, brought Sergio along with other Basso artists into the Musicians Union. Mendes and Adler then formed Brazil ’65, consisting of Wanda Sa, Rosinha de Valenca and Jorge Ben and the Mendes trio. The ensemble then made studio albums for Capitol and Atlantic labels.

In 2006, Sergio Mendes released a studio album called Timeless that comprises of many different types of alternative hip hop and neo-soul acts including the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, Erykah Badu, Pharoahe Monhc, Stevie Wonder, Q-Tip, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Jill Scott, Black Thought, India Arie and Jurassic 5’s Chalia 2na. Mendes’s remake of Mas Que NadaI with Black Eyed Peas, features vocals by his wife Leporace, is included in this album. This version has gained much popularity on European charts such as Uk Singles Chart where the track initially emerged on the twenty-ninth spot and climbed up to the sixth place by the end of its second week. In Brazil, this track is quite popular as the soundtrack of Globo’s Estrelas, their local TV channel.

Sergio Mendes has been noted for his immense influence on musical styles similar to jazz. Bill Cunliffe, an American jazz pianist has described Mendes’s music as an important source of influence on his style. Get those Sergio Mendes tickets and experience the exotic tunes mixed with modern day pop and rock flavors.
 

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