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Next Two For Brazil performance:

December 4th, 8pm - 11pm at:

Katerina's
1920 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
773-348-7592



Paulinho Garcia, guitar & vocals, Greg Fishman, saxophone & flute

"After Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz, there has been nobody to
carry the torch until now....The sensual vocals and sophisticated
jazz samba guitar of Paulinho Garcia, the warm and wonderful
saxophone of Greg Fishman, the hot Brazilian rhythms and the
gorgeous melodies, the dazzling, intimate interplay
between two great musicians--- the very jazz soul of Brazil---
---TWO FOR BRAZIL has it all!"

"Paulinho's and Greg's stunning repertoire of Brazil-meets-jazz, combined with their romantic bossa nova standards, makes Two For Brazil one of the finest musical partnerships on today's
international music scene."



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Two For Brazil Goes to the Movies
Featuring Paulinho Garcia,
Greg Fishman & Special guest vocalist Judy Roberts*

1. Mrs. Robinson
2. James Bond Theme
3. Samba Saravah*
4. Theme of the Pink Panther
5. Smile
6. Last Tango in Paris*
7. Pure Imagination
8. Moon River
9. Charade*
10. Laura
11. When You Wish Upon a Star
12. Tangerine

"If it is true that some matches are made in heaven,
Two For Brazil is heaven on earth."

--Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune, WGN radio
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Two For Brazil is on the cover of the January/February issue of Chicago Jazz Magazine!

Two For Brazil performed a major concert in tribute to 50 years of the Bossa Nova
at Millennium Park, Chicago Illinois, on July 24th, 2008. Over 10,000 people came out to hear us with the Joao Donato Trio, setting an attendance record for the jazz series. It was a fantastic night of music. Thank you to our fans!

Above, Two For Brazil performs at the Harissburg, PA Jazz Festival, June 2005


We're proud to display our latest review from our performance at the 2004 Heritage Jazz Festival:

JAZZ REVIEW
     
Keeping the beat on firmer ground
Top jazz musicians, fans return to South Shore site for rejuvenated festival

By Howard Reich
Tribune arts critic
Published August 10, 2004

With pianist Ahmad Jamal onstage and a sea of jazz lovers before him, one of Chicago's great cultural events dramatically swung back into action over the weekend. Though the annual jazz festival at the South Shore Cultural Center, 71st Street and the lakefront, long has been a rite of summer on the South Side, recently the event fell on hard times. Without Geraldine de Haas and her non-profit Jazz Unites organization planning it, the festival withered, last year attracting only a tiny audience. But this year de Haas and friends were back in control, which helped explain why the talent was first-rate and the audience numbering in the thousands.

The two-day Jazz Heritage Fest, which started Saturday, reached its peak on Sunday afternoon, when a series of stylistically far-flung attractions had the crowd roaring its approval.
One might have wondered whether Two for Brazil--the soft-spoken Chicago duo staffed by singer-guitarist Paulinho Garcia and tenor saxophonist Greg Fishman--would be heard in a wide-open, outdoor setting. Their music typically is so muted and introspective that it induces clubgoers to lean forward a bit in their seats, the better to savor the nuances of an especially subtle art.

But Garcia and Fishman significantly notched up their intensity and volume levels, projecting to the far reaches of the grounds without sacrificing a whit of the authenticity or sonic sheen of their work. In fact, hearing Two for Brazil swinging hard and fast in music of Dizzy Gillespie and Manfredo Fest, among others, convinced at least one listener that there's much more to this duo than just soft sounds evoking white, sandy beaches. Garcia and Fishman can raise a ruckus, too, and it was rewarding to hear a more extroverted facet of their music.

We're proud to display our latest review from our performance at the Jazz Showcase on February 12th, 2004:


Two for Brazil, Judy Roberts warm up Jazz Showcase
by Howard Reich

February 13 2004

Music devotees everywhere know that the Jazz Showcase routinely presents the foremost touring artists in the business, but every winter the venerable club turns its attention to Chicago-based talent.

For local audiences, the brief switch in policy gives local listeners a chance to reassess players who often are taken for granted. For Chicago musicians, the cold months afford an opportunity to play a nationally noted jazz club without leaving town. This week's all-Chicago lineup at the Showcase stands out, for it's a double-bill featuring artists of considerable skill and rising repute.

Thursday night's opening show, played for a smallish but raptly attentive audience, hardly could have been more deftly programmed for a freezing week in Chicago. The very sound of Greg Fishman's ethereal flute and tenor saxophone work and Paulinho Garcia's warmly insinuating vocals and soft-spoken guitar playing evoked images of white sandy beaches along the coast of South America.

That's precisely what this exceptional duo, which calls itself Two for Brazil, had in mind.
But even beyond its idiomatic performance of music from Garcia's homeland, the duo produced top-flight jazz improvisation that transcended stylistic boundaries.

Consider Garcia and Fishman's intriguing account of Dizzy Gillespie's jazz classic
"A Night in Tunisia."

"Many people take Brazilian music into jazz," Garcia told the audience, by way of introduction. "We take jazz into Brazilian music."

Sure enough, the Gillespie tune instantly conveyed a Brazilian lilt, its nervous rhythms sleekly reimagined, its jagged melody lines redefined according to the contours of Brazilian song. This may not have been a "Tunisia" for purists, but as an experiment in cross-cultural transformation it proved uncommonly persuasive.

This listener would have been content to hear an evening's worth of Two for Brazil, but the beguiling duo was the night's opening foray. For once Garcia left the stage, Fishman was joined by pianist Judy Roberts and the rest of her quartet.

Roberts has been a mainstay of Chicago jazz for more decades than she probably cares to remember, but her uncounted engagements in hotel bars and noisy saloons have tended to obscure the melodic beauty and tonal sheen of her best work. Playing in a room where audiences actually listen, Roberts turned in warmly disarming vocals and slyly understated jazz pianism.

The best moments came in "Billie's Bounce," the Charlie Parker bebop anthem that Roberts and Fishman opened in unison, Roberts' high-register vocals exquisitely in sync with Fishman's fast-moving tenor lines. Though the tempo seemed dangerously fast at first, within a few bars it was clear that Roberts and Fishman (who are married) were articulating these volatile, rhythmically mercurial lines with ease.

Larry Gray's comparably buoyant bass lines and Phil Gratteau's impeccable drum work added significantly to the elan of a quartet that thrives in a mainstream idiom.

Two for Brazil and the Judy Roberts Quartet play through Sunday at the Jazz Showcase, 59 W. Grand Ave.;

––Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

THE NEW CD "TAKE FIVE" IS AVAILABLE NOW! Featuring "A Night In Tunisia," "Take Five," "Batida Diferente," "O Grande Amor," and ten more great Brazilian tunes, all sung in Portuguese! To read more about it, just click on the CD cover above (on the far right)!

Below is the latest review of Two For Brazil's "Take Five." This was published in the June 2003 edition of the magazine, "Jazz Improv."

Two For Brazil

Greg Fishman & Paulinho Garcia
PERSONNEL: Paulinho Garcia, acoustic guitar, vocals; Greg Fishman, tenor saxophone & flute.

By Winthrop Bedford

Two For Brazil is a refreshing and energetic duo that performs a combination of standards, jazz, and Brazilian tunes. What makes the duo so compelling is the compatibility and delightful, danceable interplay between these two consummate musicians--Greg Fishman on tenor sax and flute, and Paulinho Garcia on guitar, bolstered by his authentic renditions of the lyrics to these songs.

The unmistakable influence of Stan Getz in terms of both sound and unwavering allegiance to a musical, lyrical, and melodic approach, with flawless technique are cornerstones of Fishman's style. Indeed, Fishman is regarded as an expert on the music of Stan Getz, whose four books of transcriptions of Getz's solos are published by Hal Leonard Corporation. While Fishman certainly has an abundance of academic credentials-including an undergraduate degree in music from De Paul University and a Masters Degree in Jazz at Northwestern University-it would be not only be presumptuous but a big mistake to characterize Fishman's music, improvisational skills as "academic." Fishman is a sensitive and stellar musician, who has played with Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, Eddie Higgins, and the Woody Herman Band. His own recordings define that quite thoroughly––including Indian Summer recorded with pianist Eddie Higgins; “In The Moment,” a quartet recording led by his wife and pianist Judy Roberts, along with two earlier albums by the duo Two For Brazil the first entitled Two For Brazil, and the latter Plays The Standards.

Guitarist Garcia is a rhythmic dynamo whose harmonic and rhythmic contribution to this duo, make it so that the absence of a bassist doesn't even come to mind. Garcia arrived in the USA in 1979, after a successful stint composing, arranging, producing and performing jingles for a studio in Brazil; and founded his own band Jazzmineiro in 1991 in Chicago.

Take Five is the latest CD by this magnificent duo. The chemistry between Garcia and Fishman is readily apparent from the opening notes of the first track––a lively up-tempo rendition of Gilberto Gil's composition "Meio De Campo." Fishman serves up a masterfully lyrical solo. The interplay and sensitivity between the two is notable in their expression of the melodies. For example, within the background or accompaniment lines he plays on tenor sax, Fishman accents certain apropos syncopations and key points in concert with Garcia's expression of the melody.

The two provide another spirited performance on the well-known jazz standard "A Night In Tunisia' by Dizzy Gillespie. Fishman turns in another finely crafted and emotion-driven solo on this track. Garcia's vocals and vocalizations are an ideal foil for Fishman's tenor.

The two move into a more relaxed mode in their performance of Baden Powell's "Deixa,"which is a familiar melody to those who are familiar with Brazilian music. Garcia, as usual, sings the lyrics in native Portuguese. I felt the relaxed, comfortable interaction the two shared on Paul Desmond's "Take Five," which is in 5/4 time, and taken at an energetic tempo here. Garcia provides rock solid time, and his confidence clearly makes it a cinch for Fishman to sound great. On "Que Maravilha," Fishman switches over to flute, contributing another tastefully improvised solo-both rhythmically and melodically. "Chovendo Na Roseira" is in 3/4, and features a nod to more of a swing groove, than the straight eighth, bossa nova flavor that is what this album is very much about. The last of the fourteen tracks on this album is a spirited version of my favorite tunes "Batida Diferente" which I first heard on the landmark Cannonball Adderley album from 1962, Cannonball Adderley and The Bossa Rio Sextet. Fishman turns in one more fine tenor solo.

I recommend this album highly because it is so very musical from beginning to end, overflowing with Fishman's tasteful tenor sax solos, Garcia's toe-tapping rhythms, inspiring accompaniment, relaxed, solid sense of time, and the variety of grooves and tempos inspired different feelings and emotions throughout.

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Our great fans at Gorton Community Center:

Many thanks to Carolyn and The Gorton Community Center for having Two For Brazil perform on February 9th. We had a great time playing for such a wonderful group of people! Thank you!
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Thanks to all of our great fans who came out to hear us at Elgin College on January 17th & 18th. It was a true honor to perform for such wonderful people. Here's a letter from one of our fans who attended the concert:

Thanks again for bringing your talents and music to Elgin on a cold winter nite. From the very first chord played and vocal from Paulhino, the room is filled with warmth. On top of that, with Greg's incredible phrasing and mastery...it really is a magical experience.

I realize you both have your separate musical agendas and endeavors, in addition to Two for Brazil, but please keep the music coming and keep Two for Brazil moving forward. This is music is a gift and to have the opportunity to listen to it live and recorded cannot be accorded a value in earthly terms.

In sum, to me, Two for Brazil exposes a bit of what is right and wrong with the world.

What is right...obviously the original soulfulness of the music...the beauty with which you have allowed it by your thoughtful and uncluttered arrangements...and the obvious respect you have for each other's musical space.

What is wrong...is that most people do not understand or have a view of music that has been cluttered by the media or other influences...and they will never understand what they have missed in this music.

Scott

Sleepy Hollow, IL

Scott, we thank you for your kind words and your continued support!
—Greg & Paulinho

Two For Brazil on the road in Japan! In performance - Concord Jazz Fest, Japan
Two For Brazil Fans @ Tuc club, Tokyo In performance - Concord Jazz Fest, Japan

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The gig in Bangkok was a great success! Thanks to our many new friends and fans in Thailand!

Photo by Frank Cantello
In performance at Jazz Record Mart
8/31/02

In performance at the Lake George Jazz Festival in New York
9/14/02
Two For Brazil performance at Symphony Center
9/21/02
Two For Brazil on tour - Concord Jazz Festival, Nagoya, Japan - 11/14/02


TWO FOR BRAZIL - BREAKING NEWS



We Won! TWO FOR BRAZIL won the award for
"Best Jazz Entertainer of the Year 2001"
at the 21st annual Chicago Music Awards!

Critics, club owners, radio stations and fans voted for their favorite groups in each music category.
The awards ceremony was held February 9th at the Congress Hotel. Many thanks to our devoted fans who voted for us. We accept this award with pride and gratitude.

Thanks to all of our wonderful fans in Hong Kong for making the gig at The Jazz Club such a great success. Check out new photos from the Hong Kong gig in the photo gallery.


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REVIEW OF TWO FOR BRAZIL AT THE SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL:

I wanted to share this review/interview of Two For Brazil with everyone. We were thrilled to have performed at the Singapore Jazz Festival, and we were moved by the sincerity and warmth of the new fans and friends we made.

Worldbeatz: Brazilian Magic

By Errol de Cruz errol@nstp.com.my

SUNDAY night, about nine, at the Gazebo Stage in Suntec City. The closing night of the three-day Singapore International Jazz Festival. Media co-ordinator James Brasher was working at his desk at the centre when he heard a roar from the nearby festival village.

Thinking that some trouble had erupted at one of the 'live' venues, he rushed out of the room - only to learn that the only 'trouble' was that latin jazz duo Two For Brazil had just finished their last set of the festival and the crowd of about 300 people at the Gazebo were screaming for more.

That was the situation every time the duo, comprising acoustic guitarist Paulinho Garcia and saxophonist Greg Fishman, performed at the festival. People of all ages were crowding to watch the two display their fusion artistry.

Often the crowds were so big, organisers had to shepherd them to the apron of the stage so that they would not spill onto the road and interrupt traffic.

Two For Brazil was an act with a big difference. While almost all the other artistes were out in full force with amplifiers, heavy equipment and full drums kits, here were two guys on acoustic instruments – Garcia on his Spanish guitar and Fishman on saxophone and flute.

"The response isn't surprising," said Keith Pereira, who had recently brought them down for a run at Aubrey's, one of the two official jazz joints of the festival. "Latin jazz is a lot easier for newcomers to understand, compared to traditional mainstream and bebop."

Garcia and Fishman weren't surprised either because the response is the same wherever in the world they play and it's been like this since they first performed got together at the Chicago Cultural Centre in early 1999.

Garcia was an Antonio Carlos Jobim virtuoso. He was born in Brazil and an award-winning composer, arranger and guitarist before he moved to Chicago in 1979. While he was based there, he recorded three albums, first with his Made In Brazil and then with Jazzminiero. All received rave reviews.

Fishman's heart belonged to Stan Getz. Armed with a Masters degree in Jazz from Northwestern University, he authored four Getz transcription books and also performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra and at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Both were in Chicago in 1999 to star at special, separate tributes to Getz and Jobim, whose birthdays fell on Feb 2 and 25, respectively.

They met, played together, found a level of musical understanding that transcended all else and forged a duet that still plays together at least thrice a week, with three CD albums – Two For Brazil, Two For Noelle and When Love Was Young – to boast of. And they're working on another of songs from the movies.

"Recording is easy," Garcia said. "We can complete an album in two days."

Two for Brazil is also very busy and popular on the 'live' circuit, thanks to their music being so infectious, and the duo loves the whole affair. "We can play play five nights without repeating a song," Fishman said.

But, in spite of that wide repertoire, the crowds still want the favourites, stuff like Girl From Ipanema and Tristeze, quite naturally because people like numbers they can identify and relate to.

Both musicians are happy for the Latin music craze that's sweeping the world. "It will eventually turn people on to jazz," Garcia believes.

"They listen to pop latin, then latin jazz and slowly, hopefully, jazz and its various traditional forms."

The way they talk of each other, at both personal and professional levels, it's obvious that they love what the duo has brought them. And they do feel that what they're doing is the essence of what jazz is about.

"It's all from the heart," Garcia volunteered.

"No big amplifiers, no drums and most of all, no manuscripts and score sheets," Fishman added.

It was evident that the impromptu and unarranged solos and jams were what encouraged their Singapore audiences to shout for more over their several performances over three days of the jazz festival.

It was a repertoire of ethnic Brazilian songs but in the able hands of Paulinho Garcia and Greg Fishman, it was one that everyone at the festival understood and loved.


©New Straits Times (M) Berhad
http://www.emedia.com.my/z/Current_News/MM/Friday/Entertainment/20010601105003/pp_index_html

The name Two for Brazil has a double meaning: It signifies the group's two members — Paulinio Garcia on vocals and guitar and Greg Fishman on saxophone and flute — as well as their shared fondness for the music of Brazil. It's also a reference to the fact that most Brazilian songs are written in 2/4. Two for Brazil is an acoustic duo whose warm, intimate, direct approach recalls the legendary pairing of João Gilberto and Stan Getz, but they cover a wider range of material — not just the familiar hits by Jobim, but Brazilian songs from the 1920s up to the compositions of the current pantheon: Djavan, Ivan Lins,Edú Lobo, Gilberto Gil, Luiz Bonfá, Toninho Horta, Chico Buarque, and Milton Nascimento. They explore the many styles of samba, as well as the baiao, bossa, and Brazilian waltz. Two for Brazil also embraces the classic jazz repertoire, including Gillespie, Coltrane, Parker, and Monk, an innovative blend that has brought them increasing visibility and acclaim.

The group began on June 10, 1998, when Garcia and Fishman were separately invited to play together at a Getz/Gilberto tribute at the Chicago Cultural Center. Though they'd never met, their musical chemistry was instantaneous and people assumed they were already an established duo. They soon became one, going from Chicago clubs to sold-out audiences in China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Japan. In 2001, they also performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and, much closer to home, won "Best Jazz Entertainers 2001" at the Chicago Music Awards.

The Brazilian-born Paulinio Garcia began his musical career at age nine as a radio singer, and first played drums, percussion, and bass. An award-winning composer, he recorded two CDs with his own band, Os Agitadores. After moving to the U.S. in 1979, Garcia switched to guitar and vocals, recorded two albums with Made in Brazil, then founded another band, Jazzmineiro, whose eponymous 1996 CD garnered excellent reviews. In 2002 he toured Poland with singer Grazyna Auguscik. Known for his tender, heartfelt vocals, Garcia swings on guitar while his bass notes keep steady time, and comps with the feel of Brazilian percussion instruments like the tamborim, pandeiro, and agogo.

Native Chicagoan Greg Fishman, a straight-ahead sax and flute player, has a master's degree in jazz from Northwestern University. The author of three Stan Getz transcription books, Fishman has performed with such artists as Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, and Slide Hampton, and has recorded with Eddie Higgins and Judy Roberts. His tenor sound resembles Getz, but it's less breathy and more fluid, and he doubles beautifully on flute.

In their different cultures, Garcia and Fishman admired the same musicians, like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Chet Baker. In Two for Brazil they combine their taste and talent into a duo that's intuitive, romantic, and full of light.
— Judith Schlesinger, ALL MUSIC GUIDE