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Luiz Simas
Rio-born Brazilian jazz composer/singer/pianist Luiz Simas is a genuine Carioca ( a native of Rio)! Living in New York since ‘89, he has led original groups in jazz festivals and clubs in the US, Europe and Brazil. Luiz's voice and music have warmed many major venues including Birdland, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Iridium in New York, Gamle Logen Hall in Oslo, the Pheasantry in London, the Phillarmonia Hall in Odessa and Sala Cecilia Meirelles in Rio. His CDs include Cafune, Impromptu, Luiz Simas Live in NYC, New Chorinhos from Brazil, Recipe for Rhythm and Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite.

Luiz’ piano playing has been described as “gorgeous, sparkling, virtuosic” and “sassy, clear, vibrant, yet understated”. His voice has been touted as having a “wind-swept, deliriously romantic croon” “at times coming across as a Brazilian Frank Sinatra, but Ol’ Blue Eyes never had backing music as thrillingly exotic as this”

He'll be joined by top musicians Itaiguara on bass, Mauricio Zottarelli and Adriano Santos on drums, Joe Deninzon on violin and Paul Lieberman on sax and flute. A celebration of Luiz’s 70th birthday, this concert will also have many illustrious special guests, such as mandolin player Marilynn Mair, singer Kenia, singer Julia Haughton and several others. The program will include many of Luiz's infectious original tunes and improvisations, as well as his own brilliant arrangements of beloved Brazilian music standards reaching beyond the Brazilian pop base and into jazz, world and bossa nova.

"Luiz Simas is not only a wonderful musician, singer and composer, he is an engaging performer who draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world. Simas epitomizes the fantasies we non-Brazilians have about that wonderful country, and with him we all get to be Brazilian, at least for the a couple hours! - Judy Carmichael, pianist