By Patrice Shields
Literally translated, Bossa Nova means “New Beat,” a vibrational combination of Brazilian Samba and the cool jazz music originating from California in the 1960’s. Heralded as the best Brazilian band in Florida, “O Som Do” brings their jazzy bossa nova beat to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Saturday, January 16, 2016; 8:00pm. Globally recognized, ‘O Som Do’s exceptional Jazz compilations have been featured in HBO’s hit series “Looking.” Their beat is contagiously danceable, so the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs will have a dance floor for you to move and groove on.
‘O Som Do features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and a crew of experienced musicians that excel in their interpretation of Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, samba and samba-jazz. ‘O Som Do, translated is the sound of jazz in Portuguese, recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian music. Imagine Brazilian musicians in love with American jazz playing in Rio de Janeiro night clubs circa 1965 – and you get an idea of what O Som Do Jazz is about.
“I always liked Brazilian music, but I didn’t know it very deeply. A lot of what I heard was very Americanized. Cool stuff like Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 and it was Andrea who showed me the real Brazilian music,” Manson said of his wife and ‘O Som Do’s vocalist. The two met at a block party in St. Petersburg and were married in 2002.
‘O Som Do is part of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs monthly jazz series that includes Dan Miller and Lew Del Gatto as they celebrate the genius and music of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart on Saturday February 27, Rebecca Richardson and Dan Heck present an evening dedicated to the ladies of swing, from Ella to the Andrews Sisters and beyond on March 4, Los Angeles jazz artist Jebry performs on March 25, the 10-piece Helios Swingtet Orchestra on April 15 followed by A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis with Bob Zottola on May 6.
Tickets for “O’Som Do” are $30 for members of the Centers for the Arts, $35 for non-members and $40 at the door the night of the performance for all. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.
Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two tickets to a select Live at the Center performance, that can be used at this performance of ‘O Som Do. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances.
The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Southern Gothic-A One-Man Show,” January 17, 3:00pm, “Hairspray Jr.,” January 29-31, “Vocal Supergroup-Quattro Divo,” February 4, 7:30pm, “Meet the Composers,” February 7, 3:00pm, “Tea for Three-An Intimate Portrait of Life in the White House,” February 9, 8:00pm, “Folk Legend-Jonathan Edwards,” February 11, 8:00pm, “The Bonita Springs International Film Festival,” February 12-16, 2016 and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.
Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 or on their website http://www.artcenterbonita.org.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: ‘O Som Do – Brazilian Jazz Night
WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2016; 8:00pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $30 for members, $35 for non-members, $40 at the door