Luciana Souza

Sat, January 18, 2014

Jo Long Theatre | 8:00pm | $35

Grammy Award Winner Luciana Souza is one of jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Her singing has been called “transcendental” and her recordings have garnered fans all over the globe. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in the late sixties, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators – her father, a singer and songwriter, her mother, a poet and lyricist. Luciana’s work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music.

Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with greats including Herbie Hancock (on his Grammy winning record, River – The Joni Letters), Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez and many others. Her longstanding duo work with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo has earned her accolades across the globe, and her complete discography contains more than 50 records as a side singer. Luciana Souza’s The Book of Chet and Duos III are her two latest offerings. Both records have been nominated for a Grammy.

“Her midrange voice is amazingly controlled; it doesn’t put on airs, either with belting or smokiness. It is alert, directed, with undertones of calm conversation. It’s the sound of a well-rested intelligence. She makes good singing seem incredibly easy.”
The New York Times

“Vocalist Luciana Souza has come back with a vengeance, with two new releases that put her right back on the top of the list of the most important singers of the 21st century.”
Jazz Weekly