Sergio Mendes

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Kids & Family Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Descriptive "tags": bossa nova jazz latin brazilian samba brazil brasil Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

11 February 1941, Niteroi, Brazil. A pianist, composer, arranger and band leader, who is indelibly identified with the bossa nova boom of 60s. After touring North America with his own quintet, Mendes settled there late in 1964, and worked on recordings with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Art Farmer. He founded Brasil ’65, which later evolved into Brasil ’66, a two women-four man, vocal-instrumental band which marketed ‘a delicately-mixed blend of pianistic jazz, subtle Latin nuances, John Lennon / Paul McCartney style, some Henry Mancini, here and there a touch of Burt Bacharach, cool minor chords, danceable up-beat, gentle laughter and a little sex’. The initial ensemble comprised Mendes (piano/vocals), Joses Soares (Latin percussion/vocals), Bob Matthews (bass/vocals), Joao Palma (drums) and vocalists Janis Hansen and Lani Hall. Hall’s husband, Herb Alpert, the owner, with Jerry Moss, of A&M Records, became Mendes’ patron, and together...

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