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Helio Alves, Duduka Da Fonseca & Nilson Matta / Brazilian Jazz$5
Helio Alves, Duduka Da Fonseca & Nilson Matta / Brazilian Jazz
Presented by Terraza 7 Outdoor Concert Series.
Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at 7:00 pm.
$5 Cover charge, general admission.
Helio Alves / Piano.
Duduka Da Fonseca / Drums.
Nilson Matta / Bass.
His performances were technically astonishing, showing great rhythmic, harmonic, and improvisational strengths, which few if any, could match. His melodic free form inventiveness and sense of time stood out like a free spirit seeking to liberate itself from all traditional constraints.” –Bruce Gilman, brazzil.com
A mix of straight-ahead and Brazilian sensibilities reflect Alves’ personal tastes and his musical complexity. “I love jazz, and I love Brazilian music, and I always try to open things up a bit by mixing the two together,” he says. “It’s good to be able to go back and forth, trading one of the other. It keeps things interesting.”
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern Brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera, Airto Moreira, and Flora Purim.
Helio was nominated for a Grammy with the album “Forests”, by the “Brazilian Trio”, a group that he co-leads with bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca. He has released four albums under his own name: “Trios” (1998), “Portrait in Black & White” (2004), “It’s Clear” (2009) and most recently, “Musica”
featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi, and Romero Lubambo.
Together with musical partner Maucha Adnet, Helio has released the piano-voice album “Milagre” on Zoho Music (2013).
“Alves has subtlety, musicality, and an extraordinary facility for improvisation…” “…exceptional melodic improviser…”
-Roberti L. Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine
“Alves plays with a gravity and stylistic flair that’s truly impressive”
-Phillip Van Vleck, Billboard Magazine
Duduka Da Fonseca:
He was a teacher at the Drummers Collective and wrote an instructional book, Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset.
Since 1986, he has been a founding member and co-leader of Trio da Paz, a band he started with bassist Nilson Matta and guitarist Romero Lubambo.
In New York, Duduka followed his dream of playing with American jazz musicians where he could blend musical cultures. To date, he has recorded and performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, Lee Konitz, Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen, Herbie Mann, Sadao Watanabe, Joe Henderson, David Amram, George Mraz, Emily Remler, Nancy Wilson, Slide Hampton, Rufus Reid, Steve Allee, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Martin Wind, Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Jorge Dalto, Paquito D’Rivera, Dick Oatts, Dennis Irwin, Billy Drewes, Kenny Werner, David Sanchez, Marc Copland, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Harry Allen, Larry Goldings, Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli, and others.
In addition to the artists listed above, Duduka has played and recorded with many Brazilian artists: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dom Salvador, Sergio Barrozo, Rio 65 Trio, Haroldo Mauro Jr., Astrud Gilberto, Toninho Horta, Airto Moreira, Raul de Souza, Claudio Roditi, Ion Muniz, Edson Lobo, Alfredo Cardim, Nico Assumpção, Tenório Jr., Cesarius Alvim, Ricardo Santos, Edison Maciel, Naná Vasconcelos, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Paulo Jobim, Daniel Jobim, Jaques Morelenbaum, Mario Adnet, Maucha Adnet, Chico Adnet, Elza Soares, OSESP (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, “Jobim Sinfônico”), Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi, Oscar Castro-Neves, and others.
Duduka is also a 4-time Grammy nominee. In 2002 his first solo album, Samba Jazz Fantasia, was nominated for an American Grammy Award.
In 2002 he formed the Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet featuring Anat Cohen, Guilherme Monteiro, Helio Alves, and Leonardo Cioglia. The Quintet recorded two critically acclaimed albums. Their second album, Samba Jazz-Jazz Samba, was among the ten best albums of the year in Jazziz Magazine.
Since 2007, Duduka Da Fonseca has had a project with pianist Helio Alves, featuring vocalist Maucha Adnet, called “Samba Jazz & The Music of Jobim”. This show has been presented annually at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (JALC), as well as other venues and festivals around the globe.
In 2009 Duduka formed the Duduka Da Fonseca Trio featuring David Feldman on piano and Guto Wirtti on acoustic bass. The Trio has recorded four albums that were acclaimed by critics worldwide.
In 2020 Duduka was nominated for the American Grammy® Award with the album “Sorte!”: Music by John Finbury, Thalma de Freitas with Victor Gonçalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Airto Moreira, Rogério Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca.