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Apr 22-Apr 23, 2014
The most influential Brazilian artists of all time
Tue, April 22
8pm & 10pm $55
Wed, Apr 23
8pm & 10pm $55
Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes’ influence on the music industry has spanned five-decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums.
One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Sergio Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum, and is a three-time Grammy Award winner.
This year (2012), Mendes received his first Oscar nomination in the Music category for “Real In Rio” from the 3-D animated motion feature film “Rio.” In addition to being the executive music producer for the blockbuster film, he also contributed 5 songs to the movie. The Rio Soundtrack featured re-recorded versions of his hits “Mas Que Nada” and “Valsa Carioca.” Mendes was responsible for once again bringing the distinctive rhythms of Brazil to a global audience.
Mendes iconic album: HERB ALPERT PRESENTS SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL '66 was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in February 2012, joining Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" Speech, The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St., and more in the 2012 class of historically significant recordings.
Mendes started his career with 1961’s Dance Moderno and groups Bossa Rio and the Sergio Mendes Trio. From the mid 1960s to the late 70s, Mendes established his legendary status by taking numerous albums and singles to the top of the charts. But it was Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 which sparked global stardom. Performing “The Look Of Love” at the 1968 Oscars, their version went Top 10, quickly followed by the hits “The Fool On The Hill” and “Scarborough Fair.” Enjoying immense popularity, Mendes added soul and funk to his jazz and pop, but always with a Brazilian rhythm. “The Look of Love,” “Mas Que Nada” and “Brasil 66,” which marked the first time that a song sung entirely in Portuguese reached the top five on Billboard’s Pop chart in the US. Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova/samba and his distinctive pop instrumentation features melodies with distinct sophistication and alluring sexiness that ultimately came to define Brazilian music for many music enthusiasts around the world.
In the ‘80s, he scored with the Adult Contemporary #1 and pop Top 10 “Never Gonna Let You Go” and in 1992, Mendes was awarded his first Grammy in the category of Best World Music for his album Brasileiro. Since then Mendes has gone on to be honored with two Latin Grammy awards for Best Brazilian Record, Timeless (2006) and Bom Tempo (2010), which was also nominated for a 2010 Grammy award.
Mendes’ innovation and versatility has enabled him to collaborate with a wide a range of artists. In 2006, his Timeless CD was a collaboration with current, pop, rock, urban and hip-hop artists, including Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and The Black Eyed Peas with a re-recording of his early gem “Mas Que Nada” alongside Gracinha Leporace, Mendes’ wife. 2008’s Encanto featured neo-soulster Ledisi and Spanish-language favorite Juanes.
Last year (2011), Mendes released his 39th album, Celebration: A Musical Journey, which honored his 50 years as a recording artist which included classics from his career as well as new recordings with Ivete Sangalo and Siedah Garrett, among them a remake of “The Fool On The Hill.” He performed this classic at the recent MusiCares Gala Honoring Sir Paul McCartney.
Currently, Mendes continues to tour worldwide as well as composing and producing for several upcoming films as well as working on his own album projects.
Mendes and his cool factor continue to be ever present.