Luciana Souza’s Book of Longing featuring Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colley

Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Born in São Paulo Brazil in the late sixties she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators – her father a singer and songwriter her mother a poet and lyricist. Luciana’s work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles offering solid roots in jazz sophisticated lineage in world music and an enlightened approach to new music. As a leader Luciana Souza has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002 – including her six Grammy-nominated records Brazilian Duos North and South Duos II Tide Duos III and The Book of Chet. Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with greats including Herbie Hancock (on his Grammy winning record River – The Joni Letters) Paul Simon James Taylor Bobby McFerrin Maria Schneider Danilo Perez and many others. Her longstanding duo work with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo has earned her accolades across the globe and her complete discography contains more than 50 records as a side singer. Luciana Souza’s singing has been called “transcendental “perfect ” and of “unparalleled beauty. ” . Ms. Souza earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. From 2005 to 2010 Luciana was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances. In 2005 and 2013 Luciana was awarded Best Female Jazz Singer by the Jazz Journalists Association. Billboard magazine has said of Luciana: “she continues her captivating journey as a uniquely talented vocalist who organically crosses genre borders. Her music soulfully reflects wistfully regrets romantically woos joyfully celebrates…” The Book of Longing is Luciana’s latest release on Sunnyside. Featuring Chico Pinheiro on guitar and Scott Colley on drums. Produced by Larry Klein the album is Luciana’s full return to poetry and words. This time she has set to music four masterpieces by Leonard Cohen one by Emily Dickinson one by Edna St. Vincent Millay and one by Christina Rossetti. Three are Luciana’s poems. Chico Pinheiro (guitar) and Scott Colley (bass) create
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