Luciana Souza

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Luciana Souza
Born (1966-07-12)July 12, 1966
São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Jazz, bossa nova
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Singing
Years active 1992–present
Labels Sunnyside, Verve

Luciana Souza (July 12, 1966, São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian jazz singer and composer who also works in classical and chamber music.

Musical career[edit]

Daughter of poet Tereza Souza and singer-composer-guitarist Walter Santos, she grew up in São Paulo. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston from which she received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition in 1988. She then received a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1994. She has taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at The Manhattan School of Music, in New York.

She began her career at the age of three by recording jingles for commercials. She has also worked in the field of European classical music, working with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, composer Osvaldo Golijov, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. She has worked with New Music composers Derek Bermel and Patrick Zimmerli. She has worked in chamber music with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the American Composer's Orchestra. Souza was Jazz Artist in Residence with San Francisco Performances from 2004 to 2010.

Luciana Souza has been nominated six times for a Grammy Award in the categories of Best Jazz Vocal Album (five times) and Best Latin Jazz Album (one time) in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2010 and twice in 2013. She has appeared and recorded with both renowned jazz musicians and composers of new music, including Danilo Perez, Hermeto Pascoal, Romero Lubambo, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, John Patitucci, Guillermo Klein, David Binney, Miguel Zenon, Donny McCaslin, Ben Wendel, Vince Mendoza, Herbie Hancock, and Osvaldo Golijov. Luciana Souza has worked and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Simon and James Taylor.

She has been married to music producer, songwriter and bassist Larry Klein since 2006.



  • An Answer to Your Silence (NYC, 1998)
  • The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs (Sunnyside, 2000)
  • Brazilian Duos (Sunnyside, 2002)
  • North and South (Sunnyside, 2003)
  • Neruda (Sunnyside, 2004)
  • Duos II (Sunnyside, 2005)
  • The New Bossa Nova (Universal Jazz France, 2007)
  • Tide (Universal Jazz France, 2009)
  • Duos III (Sunnyside, 2012)
  • The Book of Chet (Sunnyside, 2012)
  • Speaking in Tongues (Sunnyside, 2015)

As featured vocalist[edit]

Grammy nominations[edit]

  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: Brazilian Duos (2003), North and South (2004), Duos II (2006), Tide (2010), The Book of Chet (2013)[1][2]
  • Best Latin Jazz Album: Duos III (2013)


  • One track from her composition Duos II, "Muita Bobeira", was included with Microsoft Windows Vista.
  • Luciana Souza appeared in and sang on David Mamet's movie Redbelt (2008).
  • Luciana Souza sang on the soundtrack of the animated movie Rio (2011), as part of The Rio Singers.

Further reading[edit]

  • Mcgowan, Chris. "The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's Singers, Songwriters and Musicians Tell the Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop". Culture Planet, June 2014
  • Smith, Steve. "Crossing Borders with Allure". The New York Times. April 7, 2014.
  • Garsd, Jasmine. "Saudade - An unstoppable, Undeniably Potent Word". NPR, Alt Latino. February 28, 2014.[3]
  • Mcgowan, Chris. "Luciana Souza: A Bossa Nova Baby Makes Her Way in the Jazz Realm". The Huffington Post. January 4, 2014.
  • Morrison, Allen. "Distill Everything". Downbeat Magazine. October 2012.
  • "Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova to Chet Baker" by Melissa Block (NPR) August 31, 2012.[4]
  • Blumenfeld, Larry. "Loneliness in Two Languages". The Wall Street Journal. August 27, 2012.
  • Jacki Lyden. "Souza Lends a Fresh Note to Brazilian Music". NPR. May 14, 2005.[5]
  • Teachout, Terry. "She's Brazilian, Tempered by a Bit of Everything Else". The New York Times. August 4, 2002.
  • Ratliff, Ben. "Guitar and Conversation: A Singer at Ease with Her Roots". The New York Times. November 27, 2001.


  1. ^ "Souza's 'New Bossa Nova' Covers Pop Standards". 15 October 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Luciana Souza: Revising Pop by Way of Bossa Nova". 21 October 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Saudade: An Untranslatable, Undeniably Potent Word". 28 February 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova To Chet Baker". 31 August 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Souza Lends a Fresh Note to Brazilian Music". 14 May 2005. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 

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