Performance Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 9:30 PM

Trio da Paz

The Music of Antônio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz

Zankel Hall
Featuring three of Brazil's most in-demand musicians, Trio da Paz redefines Brazilian jazz with its harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations, and dazzling rhythms. Joined by tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, vibraphonist Joe Locke, and vocalist Maucha Adnet, the group brings its infectious spirit to Carnegie Hall for a program that features the works of famed Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and American tenor saxophone giant Stan Getz.

This concert is part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.


  • Trio da Paz
    ·· Romero Lubambo, Guitar
    ·· Nilson Matta, Bass
    ·· Duduka da Fonseca, Drums

    Harry Allen, Tenor Saxophone
    Joe Locke, Vibraphone
    Maucha Adnet, Vocals

Event Duration

The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Romero Lubambo

    In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the United States, bringing with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar. His guitar-playing unites the styles and rhythms of his musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound.

    From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Lubambo is a guitarist who is comfortable in any musical setting. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them ever so tastefully.

    After arriving in New York City, Lubambo quickly established himself as a first-rate session and touring guitarist, in demand not only for his authentic Brazilian sound, but also for his command of multiple musical styles. He has gone on to perform and record with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Paquito D'Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano, among many others.

    Lubambo has also established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects, as well as on those of Trio da Paz.

    Nilson Matta

    Grammy nominee Nilson Matta has been a creative force in the evolution and popularity of Brazilian jazz in the United States. It was not long after he came to New York in 1985 that he began performing and recording with Grammy-winning Kenny Barron and Joe Henderson, as well as Herbie Mann, Lee Konitz, Claudio Roditi, Paul Winter, Mark Murphy, Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, Nancy Wilson, and many more. Drawing from these collaborations-and from his work with Brazilian luminaries Hermeto Pascoal, João Gilberto, Luisa Bonfá, and Johnny Alf-Matta has developed his own musical signature, making him a first-call bass player of Brazilian music and jazz musicians. It's not surprising that when Yo-Yo Ma sought band members for his Brazilian project, Matta was the obvious choice for bass. Their recording of two Grammy-winning CDs-Obrigado Brazil and Obrigado Brazil: Live in Concert-prompted a two-year tour to every corner of the globe.

    A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Trio da Paz, Matta has emerged in recent years as a bandleader, composer, arranger, and producer. In 2008, he released Walking With My Bass (Blue Toucan), an autobiographical CD that included special guests from his long and distinguished career. His next release, Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage: Copacabana (Zoho) featured Matta's artful arranging of classic masterpieces and his original compositions. In February 2013, Matta released his third CD as a leader, Nilson Matta's Black Orpheus (Motéma).

    Matta is committed to passing on his talents and experiences to the next generation of bassists and musicians. He is a member of the International Society of Bassists, making frequent appearances as a featured guest and performer at conventions. He has also taught at NYC's Bass Collective and Litchfield Jazz Camp, and has conducted master classes worldwide. As a music and artist director of Samba Meets Jazz Workshops in Bar Harbor (Maine) and Rio de Janeiro, he has become a leading figure in promoting the music about which he is passionate.

    Duduka da Fonseca

    Duduka da Fonseca was born in Rio de Janeiro. At that time, Rio was enjoying the embryonic stages of bossa nova, which would eventually become a global phenomenon. Fonsesca was brought up listening to Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Dorival Caymmi, Luiz Bonfá, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and many others. He began playing the drums at 13. A year later, he formed his first samba jazz trio, Bossa Trio, with his brother Miguel playing the bass.

    In the early 1970s, Fonseca co-founded the samba jazz sextet Mandengo, with whom he performed until 1975 when he moved to New York. Since then, he has also performed and recorded with Haroldo Mauro Jr., Sergio Barrozo, Alfredo Cardim, Ion Muniz, Toninho Horta, Victor Assis Brasil, Claudio Roditi, Francisco Tenório Júnior, Dom Salvador, Cesarius Alvim, Edson Lobo, João Donato, Naná Vasconcelos, Mario Adnet, Nivaldo Ornelas, Paulo Jobim, Jaques Morelenbaum, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi, and Raul de Souza.

    After moving to New York, Fonseca established numerous Brazilian jazz groups, including Brazilian Express and New York Samba Band. In 1986, he formed the Brazilian Jazz All Stars, featuring Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Gilherme Franco. Most recently, Fonseca became a founding member and co-leader of Trio da Paz, nominated for the "Indie" award as Best Latin Jazz Group in 1993 and winner of the Jazz Journalists Association Awards for the Best Brazilian Jazz Album of 2002 (Partido Out).

    Fonseca has appeared on more than 200 albums and performed with artists such as Antônio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Gerry Mulligan, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell, Eddie Gomez, Rufus Reid, Lee Konitz, Herbie Mann, Jorge Dalto, Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, Emily Remler, Nancy Wilson, Slide Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Gil Goldstein, Joanne Brackeen, Marc Johnson, George Mraz, John Patitucci, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Maucha Adnet, Phil Woods, and Steve Allee, among many others.

    From 1984 to 1999, Fonseca was a member of the faculty at the Drummers Collective NYC, conducting workshops and private lessons. He has also conducted workshops and master classes in Brazil, Europe, and Asia. Fonseca is the author of the bestseller instructional book and CD, Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset (Alfred Publishing Company). In 2002, his first solo album, Samba Jazz Fantasia (Anzic) was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2009, his Brazilian Trio album, Forests (Zoho), was nominated for a Latin Grammy.

    Harry Allen

    Swing Bros. recording artist Harry Allen has more than 30 recordings to his name. Three of his CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal, and his CD Tenors Anyone? won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. His recordings have made the top-10 lists for favorite new releases in Swing Journal's readers' poll and Jazz Journal International's critics' poll in 1997. Eu Nao Quero Dancar-I Won't Dance-the third Gold Disc Award winner-was voted second for album of the year in the 1998Swing Journal's readers' poll. The Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet won the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance of 2006 and was nominated for Best Jazz Combo by the Jazz Journalists Association the same year.

    Allen has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the US, Europe, and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, and Warren Vaché. He has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others. Allen is featured on many of John Pizzarelli's recordings, including the soundtrack and an on-screen cameo in the feature film The Out-of-Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.

    Allen was born in Washington, DC, and raised in Los Angeles and Burrillville (Rhode Island). He received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and currently resides in New York City.

    Joe Locke

    Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument. Long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, it was not until the last decade that he emerged as the composer, band leader, and conceptualist that he is considered today. This is in no small part due to his recent solo projects, notably 4 Walls of Freedom (Sirocco), a six-movement suite that featured the late tenor saxophonist Bob Berg; Live in Seattle (Origin) by The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, which won the 2006 Earshot award for Concert of the Year; and his eloquent and vibrant quartet Force of Four (Origin).

    Since joining the Motéma Music label in 2011, Locke has released three intrinsically different albums that bear witness to his immense stylistic versatility and ability to create artistic depth in a variety of contexts. After Signing, the long-awaited follow-up studio album of Live in Seattle, 2012 also saw the release of Locke's first-ever symphonic project, Wish Upon a Star, featuring Locke's Quartet with Lincoln Nebraska's Symphony Orchestra. The blues and ballads album Lay Down My Heart marked Locke's third release on Motéma and quickly rose to the top of the JazzWeek US radio charts.

    Locke has won numerous awards and polls, including the 2006, 2008, and 2009 Mallet Player of the Year award from the Jazz Journalists Association, and the 2013 Hot House NYC Jazz Awards for Best Vibes Player. He is an active clinician and educator in the US and Europe, and has been the International Vibraphone Consultant at the Royal Academy of Music, London, on a visiting basis since 2008.

    Maucha Adnet

    Maucha Adnet was born in Rio de Janeiro and started her professional singing career at the age of 15 as a member of vocal group Céu da Boca. From 1978 to 1984, Céu da Boca recorded two albums that were released by Polygram. For 10 years thereafter, Adnet performed, toured, and recorded with legendary composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and his band Banda Nova. The recordings included four CDs: Passarim, the Grammy-winning Antonio Brasileiro, Tom Jobim's Inédito, and Rio Revisited with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Gal Costa. Adnet toured with Jobim throughout Brazil, the US, Japan, Israel, and Europe.

    Adnet has also recorded with such artists as Dorival Caymmi, Chico Buarque, Dori Caymmi, Caetano Veloso, Toninho Horta, Mario Adnet, Joyce, Nara Leão, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Charlie Byrd, Gil Goldstein, Emily Remler, Rob Mounsey, Othello Molineaux, Trio da Paz, Harry Allen, Duduka da Fonseca, Slide Hampton, and many others. She was the guest vocalist on Randy Brecker's Grammy-winning Into the Sun.

    Residing in New York for many years, Adnet has been performing regularly with her own band and in shows with Claudio Roditi, Herbie Mann, Trio da Paz, Oscar Castro-Neves, Eliane Elias, Mark Johnson, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. She has also performed with Wynton Marsalis, Cyro Baptista, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with at Alice Tully Hall.

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Trio da Paz | Joe Locke, Vibraphone
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Jeff Tamarkin on Trio da Paz

It's difficult today to comprehend the extraordinary mainstream popularity enjoyed by Brazilian music in the United States—particularly the swaying bossa nova sound introduced to American ears by the saxophone of Stan Getz and the melodies of Antônio Carlos Jobim—during the early 1960s. Fusing seductive samba-based rhythms with the harmonic structures, lyrical melodicism, and improvisatory inventions of jazz, Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd reached the top of the US charts in 1962 with their collaborative album Jazz Samba, while a single from that collection, "Desafinado"—its music penned by Jobim—was also a massive success. Two years later, Getz—this time teaming with guitarist João Gilberto—released what would become one of the all-time best-selling jazz albums, Getz/Gilberto. The beloved set won the Album of the Year Grammy and spawned the now-classic single "The Girl from Ipanema," sung by Brazil's Astrud Gilberto and again co-penned by Jobim.

Half a century later, jazz artists as well as musicians working within other genres are no less in love with the music of Brazil. Bossa nova may no longer rule the pop charts, but artists both from Brazil and the rest of the world are still captivated by its breezy rhythms and beguiling romantic melodies, while other modern forms of Brazilian music continue to infatuate. Trio da Paz—guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka da Fonseca—draw upon the rich panoply of Brazilian styles individually and collectively in their music. It's a formula that remains exciting and fresh even as countless other styles of music have come and gone.

Each member of Trio da Paz boasts a constantly busy schedule: Lubambo, who recently released a solo album, SÓ: Brazilian Essence, has worked with vocalists such as Dianne Reeves and Luciana Souza; Matta's credits include Joe Henderson and Yo-Yo Ma; and Fonseca has led his own bands and also accompanied Claudio Roditi, Astrud Gilberto, and Jobim himself. Since the mid-1980s, the three Brazilian natives have played together as schedules permit; Trio da Paz became an official entity in 1990, releasing five albums to date. "We speak the same language," Matta says, explaining their affinity for one another.

Jobim once declared, "I'd rather be eternal than modern." If he were still around to hear Trio da Paz interpreting the music that he and Stan Getz gave the world, he would undoubtedly agree that it's entirely possible to be both.

Jeff Tamarkin is the associate editor of JazzTimes magazine.

This concert and The Shape of Jazz series are made possible by The Joyce and George Wein Foundation in memory of Joyce Wein.
Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.
This performance is part of The Shape of Jazz.

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