A pianist from Philadelphia
, a singer from Brooklyn and a percussionist from Bahia walk into a bar...
Fingers, voices and rhythm. A lingering sweetness on your lips from the night before, and a quick inhale the morning after. The richness and passion of The Northern Sea
Pianist/arranger John di Martino
hails from the City Of Brotherly Love, had learned his licks with the great Lennie Tristano
and is one of the most in-demand accompanists for singers. Man, got some soul!Janis Siegel
is from the Holy City of Brooklyn and grew up with New York City
as a backdrop, singing folk, pop, country and original music until The Manhattan Transfer
hurled head-first into the rich worlds of vocalese, swing music, harmony singing and doo-wop. Nanny Assis
, a native of Salvador, Bahia is a singer, percussionist, guitarist, and songwriter, who has touched hearts and souls through musical expressions that go beyond comprehension.
What to name a diverse trio of musicians creating jazz /samba/soul/ pop/folk/global/playful expressions? It was not quite a caipirinha
, but not fully a Manhattan either. A little bit of a martini with a back of malt liquor perhaps?
Nanny, our man from Brazil, focused our collaboration and was the one to whom we looked to come up with a perfect word to express this new musical cocktail. Without missing a beat, he looked at us and said “Requinte." (HAY- KEEN- CHEE ) is a word that means elegant; in Portuguese. We strive for that elevated feeling in our joyous mixture of influences and our coming together of cultures. This song is the embodiment of our collaboration and now we can share this musical embrace with all of you, our friends and fans.
Enjoy this musical beginning. All of you are truly responsible for this labor of love. Held close, like honey. Free, like the air.Listen here
The Northern Sea (Mar do Norte)
Music by Ivan Bastos
Lyrics by Janis Siegel & Nanny Assis
Piano:: John di Martino
Bass:: Leo Traversa
Percussion: Nanny Assis
Vocals: Janis Siegal & Nanny Assis