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Fleurine, jazz vocalist and Brazilian music authority, has gained a devoted international following for her “warm, enveloping sound and gentle rhythmic drive” (“Los Angeles Times”) and her “cunning brand of vocal wizardry” (“JazzTimes”). A Dutch native, she spent summers visiting her grandparents and great uncle in Portugal, becoming fluent in Portuguese and leading her first Brazilian cover band in her teens. She went on to become the first singer authorized to translate into English the lyrics of the legendary Chico Buarque, for her spellbinding 2008 Sunnyside release “San Francisco” (produced by Robert Sadin). On her self-produced 2019 Sunnyside release “Brazilian Dream,” Fleurine for the first time performs nearly all her own original music, highlighting her extraordinary working band Boys from Brazil as they draw on a wide range of popular and folkloric genres from bossa nova and samba to baião. Her longtime collaborator, master guitarist Chico Pinheiro, a major presence on “San Francisco,” returns on two tracks, with additional cameos by Brad Mehldau (Fleurine’s husband) on piano and Rhodes and Chris Potter on tenor sax and alto flute. In a historic first, guitarist Ian Faquini’s haunting piece “Contradiction – Contradição” features the first lyrics ever written by famed Brazilian composer Guinga, Faquini’s teacher and mentor (with Fleurine’s English translation). Fleurine is donating nearly all of the proceeds from “Brazilian Dream” to Estrela da Favela, a small idealistic school located in the troubled Mangueira neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. It is her way of giving back to the country that has inspired her throughout her career.

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