In 1962, Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim wrote "The Girl From Ipanema," a sultry bossa nova song about a pretty girl from Rio de Janeiro that has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and recorded songs in history. On the 50th anniversary of the song's groundbreaking Grammy win, an ensemble made up of New York's top contemporary musicians will pay homage to the song and Jobim's Brazilian-jazz legacy. Vocalist Julie Eigenber (aka "Julie E.) will be joined by guitar master Andres Laprida, Itaiguara Brandao, Cidinho Teixeira and Helio Schiavo in this one-of-a-kind event that will celebrate the life and sounds of the iconic bossa nova composer.

Julie E.

Julie E. co-wrote one of the harmonizers' biggest hits, "Why Not!". Her own sound is a smooth mix of pop and Latin, but she also displays a soulful command of Brazilian Jazz. For this Special Show, joined by World Guitar Master composer Andres Laprida, the will celebrates the sounds of Brazilian music masters Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Laprida has earned international acclaim in his own right, having traveled the globe playing concert halls, jazz festivals and ballets, as well as writing scores for both the big and small screen. The prolific performer will pay tribute to the iconic composers who've inspired his life's work, playing their classic bossa nova and Brazilian jazz pieces.

Andres Laprida

Introduced to the public at a young age by the Brazilian music masters Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, and Toquinho, prolific performer, composer and producer Andres Laprida has racked up rave reviews from audiences, musicians and critics worldwide for his brilliant guitar skills.

His unique sound matches any style, and Laprida has recorded with a wide range of artists, including Gato Barbieri, Phillipe Saisse, New London Consort Orchestra and DJ Spooky.

Itaiguara Brandao

Itaiguara Brandao (bass)IA native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has toured internationally and recorded extensively with a wide range of Latin and World Music artists such as: Dom Salvador, Marcos Valle, Chuck Loeb, Angelique Kidjo, Paulo Braga, Randy Brecker, Roberto Menescal, Leo Gandelman, Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Robin Eubanks, Jovino Santos-Neto, Dave Kikoski, Emílio Santiago, Elba Ramalho, Guilherme Arantes, Romero Lubambo, Vinicius Cantuária, Horacio Hernandez, Hugo Fattoruso, Oriente Lopez and Paula Morelenbaum.

Cidinho Teixeira

The name Cidinho Teixeira is synonymous with Brazilian Groove. Born in August 14th 1942 in Rio Grande – R.G do Sul, his lifelong immersion and proficiency in many of the styles of Brazilian music have given him great insight into the elements needed to make the music “feel its roots” and “move the people”. He was one of the pianist at Chico’s Bar in Rio de Janeiro during to 70’s when bossa nova hit the scene for the second time. He was even playing a set when Bill Evans arrived to check out the music. Cidinho has Performed with some of the top Brazilian personalities including Gilberto Gil,Djavan,Leny Andrade,Gal Costa, and Simone to name a few. Most recently. He played a European tour with the legendary Johnny Alf and Alaide Costa.

Helio Schiavo

A thoroughly accomplished, self-taught musician, Helio Schiavo is proficient in all styles of drumming,from Brazilian to traditional and modern jazz to progressive-rock-fusion.

Embarking upon the international music scene at an early age,by 1967,he was the key factor,in the original sound of Baden Powell,one of Brazil's most respected and gifted guitar player and composer.As such,their association lasted through 1974,during which time they toured extensively througtout Europe and Japan,recording half a dozen on studios and "live"albuns together.

Since 1974, Helio has recorded and toured the world with virtually every major traditional Brasilian music star.

As such,he has colaborated with:

Paulo Moura,A Fina Flor do Samba,Clara Nunes,Beth Carvalho,

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