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Ita Mara Jarlicht, 28 April 1965, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Starting to study operatic singing and classical piano at the age of five, Koorax also listened to singers Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and pianists Dave Brubeck, George Shearing and Teddy Wilson. Other important influences were Elizeth Cardoso, Carmen McRae, Elis Regina, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, and Flora Purim. The latters Stories To Tell had a huge impact: ... it was the first time I listened to a Brazilian singer phrasing in a jazz style on Brazilian songs... So I said to myself, thats how I want to sing. Her studies continued at the music school of Niterói Educational Center, Rio de Janeiro. In 1976, she toured Europe as a member of the school choir, conducted by Ermano de Sá.
Kooraxs solo career began in 1990 with a Top 10 radio hit, Iluminada. Soon afterwards she toured Japan where,...