The King of Bossa Nova Sergio Mendes and Brasil ‘66 bring an exciting night of Brazilian Jazz to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, February 3, at 8:00 p.m. From the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, Mendes established his legend by taking numerous albums and singles, such as “Brasil 66,” “Mas Que Nada” and “The Look of Love” to the top of the pop charts. He is a Grammy® Award winner and a two-time Latin Grammy® Award winner. This 109 Cheese and Wine Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series and Palm Bay International World Beat Series show kicks off at 6:45 p.m. in the lobby, with a complimentary wine tasting courtesy of Palm Bay International, and complimentary Brazilian Hors d’Oeuvres tasting courtesy of Tribuna Newspaper.
As a producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, 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, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which have gone gold or platinum. This year, Mendes was Grammy® nominated for Best World Music Album, bringing his total to five Grammy® nominations and four Latin Grammy® nominations. Mendes’ iconic album: HERB ALPERT PRESENTS SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL ’66 was also inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame, 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 others in the 2012 class of historically significant recordings. Before the show, visit Babaloo Cocina Latina (991 Danbury Road, Wilton) for dinner and enjoy a complimentary taco when tickets are presented.
Mendes started his career with the 1961 Dance Moderno and the groups Bossa Rio and the Sergio Mendes Trio. But it was Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 that 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.” 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 No. 1 Adult Contemporary and pop top-10 hit “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. In 2012, Mendes received his first Oscar® nomination in the music category for “Real In Rio” from the animated, 3-D feature film “Rio.” Mendes, once again, was responsible for bringing the distinctive rhythms of Brazil to a global audience. Mendes and his cool factor continue to be ever present.
For tickets ($75), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, ridgefieldplayhouse.org.