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One of jazz crossover’s biggest stars is set to play the Jazz Café in London Eumir is an artist that emerged from the rhythmic sounds of Latin American music and made the crossover to disco, r’n’b, pop and funk; many of his classic albums are still popular to this day. His extensive catalogue includes hits like Keep On Movin’ and Night Cruiser and his albums, Prelude and Deodato 2, are still considered legendary amongst jazz-funk fans. Where: Jazz Cafe (Camden Town) When: 25 June For more information and tickets, click here.

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Brazil has a rich tradition of festivals and seasonal events The headline act, of course, is Carnaval, which takes on various forms and sizes throughout the country. There are, however, other festivals – such as that dedicated to St. John in June – that are particularly prominent in the north of the country. So culturally significant are some, in fact, that they have helped launch the careers of songwriters and performing artists given that music plays such a central theme. Mega events such as Rock in Rio and Lollapalooza continue to attract major local and international names and never fail…

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Marcos Valle doesn’t just sing, he has penned more than 3,000 songs for the likes of Roberto Carlos, Sarah Vaughan, Chicago and Dizzy Gillespie, to name just a few. As an artist who often represents Brazil at major international events – from China and Japan to Europe, Canada and the USA – it’s now London’s turn to sample his work. When: 6 August Where: Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club – 47 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4HT

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There is nothing quite like going to a music festival in the UK… Now that the cold winter days are a thing of the past, London is in full bloom and as summer fast approaches out attention turns to outdoor entertainment, which includes a wide range of music festivals that cater for all tastes. Many last several days and offer something for the whole family, as well as a clement 25 degrees Celsius, which is about the average for this time of year. The choice is impressive: there are those that run for a few days and encourage revellers to…

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With two performances at the Apollo, Evanescence are coming to London The band Evanescence will perform on 13 and 14 June at the Eventim Apollo. Fronted by Amy Lee, the US band are known for their dramatic, dark style. Formed in 1995, Evanescence are still popular despite a long hiatus, with their latest release, the compilation album Lost Whispers, coming out in February 2017, and available on Spotify and iTunes. Although they have a couple decades of experience, Amy Lee and her bandmates are still as enthusiastic as when they first appeared on the scene, always making a point of…

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He is one of Brazil’s most revered artists, and is all set to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in May, with a guaranteed hit repertoire of David Bowie tributes, taking inspiration from the late, legendary showman’s disk covers. With all his style and charm, Seu Jorge stamps his charismatic Bossa on hits such as Starman, Rebel Rebel and Life On Mars. Upon first hearing Seu Jorge singing his songs in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Bowie, who passed away in January 2016, said “If Seu Jorge hadn’t recorded my songs in Portuguese, I’d never have…

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The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will stage a large and never before seen exhibition about the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: The Mortal Remains will mark the group’s first project together since the 1980s, and will commemorate 50 years since the launch of Arnold Layne, the band’s very first single. The exhibition will offer visitors an immersive, theatrical and multisensory journey through the extraordinary “pinkfloydian” universe. Amongst some of the items on show will be unreleased recordings and a laser show created especially for the exhibition. More than 350 personal items belonging to…

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The internationally famous Caetano Veloso is coming back to London in April. The show will take place at the Barbican in London and Caetano will be accompanied by the singer Teresa Cristina, who will open the concert with a Cartola repertoire (Cartola was a singer-songwriter, poet and Guitarist who, even 40 years after passing away, is considered one of the greatest sambistas in the history of Brazilian music). Teresa will also sing a few duets with Caetano at the end of the show. This international project will be the first time the two musicians share a stage on tour. Two…

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The English band Beatles, one of the most famous of all time, after dozens of acclaimed albums, have now inspired a technological revolution. The artificial intelligence Flow Machines, developed by Sony CSL, Sony’s computer science laboratory, recently composed a song in tribute to Liverpool’s fab four. Called ‘Daddy’s Car’, the song sounds as if it belongs to one of the band’s first albums. The programme used techniques and musical styles it learnt from a giant database to write the song. However, like most Beatles songs, Daddy’s Car wasn’t written by a single musician. The French composer Benoît Carré was invited…

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For the very first time, a set of British stamps will pay tribute to a solo artist. The Royal Mail in the UK has created a book of ten stamps, each featuring an image of the singer or one of his iconic album covers. “For more than five decades David Bowie has influenced musicians, writers, designers and artists. He was always ahead of his time”, said a spokesperson for the Royal Mail.   The stamps were officially released on March 14.

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