Hailed as “the contemporary artist responsible for reviving the art of poetry in Brazilian music”, Arthur Nogueira has four albums to his name and has written melodies for poets from around the world, including Antonio Cicero (Brazil), Adonis (Syria) and Rose Ausländer (Ukraine).
The set list for his London show, “Coragem de Poeta (Courage of the Poet)” includes songs by stars of Brazilian and South American music, including Renato Russo, Cássia Eller, Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Cazuza, Antonio Cicero, Maria Bethânia, Mercedes Sosa and María Elena Walsh.
Where: Servant Jazz Quarters — 10A Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN
When: 2 November 2019, at 6pm
Every Brazilian at one time or another has sung along to one of his hits, such as Seduzir, Flor de Lis, Lilás, Pétala, Se…, Nem Um Dia, Eu te Devoro, Açaí, A Ilha, Faltando um Pedaço, Oceano, Esquinas, Samurai, Boa Noite ou Acelerou.
The writer, singer, music producer, guitarist and composer, is famous for playing festivals, the Rio clubs, and has even recorded TV soundtracks. Without question, his career is considered one of the most influential of modern times. He plays the Barbican Centre more than a decade after his last London show.
Where: Barbican Centre — Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
When: 11 November 2019, at 8pm
An important name from the early bossa nova scene, Donato has had a profound influence on several generations, both as a musician and composer.
The bossa nova pianist began his career aged 15 and he has recorded 29 albums since. “Donato Eléctrico”, released in 2016, was his first original album in 15 years, on which João plays vintage electric pianos and synthesizers. The album was nominated for Best Instrumental Record at the Latin Grammy Awards and featured on Rolling Stone Brasil’s best-of list in 2016.
Where: The Jazz Café — 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG
When: 16 November 2019, doors open at 7pm
At 83, and still brimming of energy, Hermeto Pascoal never fails to thrill the crowds with his melodies and mastery of so many instruments—accordion, flute, saxophone, piano, to name but a few.
This iconic Brazilian instrumentalist switches effortlessly between jazz, samba, forró and world music. In the 1970s, he recorded two songs with Miles Davis.
The “bruxo dos sons” (wizard of the sounds), as he’s affectionately known, is praised worldwide for his talent, creativity and impressive back catalogue.
Where: Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club — 47 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4HT
When: 18-19 November 2019, doors open at 6pm