a new recording by Florida-based O Som Do Jazz—a group that plays Brazilian classics, as well as original music—was release on May 12th. The CD features 14 original compositions by David Manson
and Andrea Moraes Manson
in a variety of Brazilian styles including samba, Bossa nova, MBP & baião.
Musicians from Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. perform in O Som Do Jazz (the sound of jazz in Portuguese). Andrea Moraes Manson grew up in Rio de Janeiro singing Bossa nova, samba and MPB for fun, while attaining a degree in architecture. Jose Valentino Ruiz
is a two-time Latin GRAMMY nominee and was recently appointed as music professor at the University of Florida. Alfredo Rivero
tours internationally with the Gypsy Kings. Mark Feinman
and Alejandro Arenas
are members of the powerhouse trio La Lucha. Jeremy Douglass
is the director/arranger of the Florida Bjorkestra. Austin Vickrey
’s credentials include performances with funk legend, Bootsy Collins. David Manson is a developer of the Music Industry/Recording Arts (MIRA) program at St. Petersburg College. His original music has been placed in shows on HBO, Fox, BBC One, CW and AMC.
The group has two previous releases (Infinita Bossa
and A Kiss for Rio
) and has performed on festivals including the Miami International Jazz Fest, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Pensacola Jazz Fest, St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, Mod Miami, Winter Garden Music Fest and others.