Paul Winter at Voices Cafe, Sat May 12th, 8 pm

A concert to benefit KEYS.
Voices Café, Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Rd, Westport

Grammy-winning saxophonist and band leader Paul Winter will make his Voices Cafe debut May 12, 8:00pm, in a celebration of Brazilian music. Winter, who resides in Litchfield County, will be joined by renowned Brazilian percussionist Vanderlei Pereira and celebrated Brazilian and jazz guitarist Paul Meyers.

“I’ll be collaborating with three masterful players of the Brazilian traditions: percussionist Vanderlei Pereira, bassist Gustavo Amarante and Paul Meyers, whom I’ve long regarded as North America’s greatest Brazilian guitarist. It’s a privilege for us to have the opportunity to create a new program for my first performance in a special performance space,” Winter said.

Winter has long considered Brazil his second musical home. He first visited Brazil in 1962, during a six-month six-month tour of Latin America for the State Department with his college jazz sextet. It happened to be at the time when a new musical genre, called “New Touch,” or Bossa Nova, was blossoming in Brazil, and Paul and his jazz colleagues were mesmerized. They began recording an album in Rio during that tour, and finished it later that summer in New York. That October Columbia Records released Jazz Meets the Bossa Nova, which became a minor hit, and when The Paul Winter Sextet was invited by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to play at the White House, two of these Bossa Nova songs were included in the program, which was the first-ever jazz concert program at the White House.

In a review of Brazilian Days Pulse Magazine wrote: Winter’s Latin sound goes down smooth, seductive and sophisticated.  Like a warm Rio Breeze, he wraps his soprano saxophone around melodies by Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Rosa and other Brazilian Composers.”

Important Note: Concert seating- no tables, please do not bring food or beverages.

Laurie Bradbury