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|Born||July 12, 1966|
São Paulo, Brazil
|Genres||Jazz, bossa nova|
A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Souza is the daughter of poet Tereza Souza and musician Walter Santos. She began her career at the age of three by recording jingles for commercials. In 1988, she graduated with a degree in jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She received a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1994. She has taught at Berklee and The Manhattan School of Music and was Jazz Artist in Residence with San Francisco Performances from 2004 to 2010.
Souza has performed classical music with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart; chamber music with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and the American Composer's Orchestra. Souza has collaborated with new music composers Derek Bermel, Patrick Zimmerli, Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
In jazz and pop, she has worked with Gil Goldstein, Osvaldo Golijov, Herbie Hancock, Fred Hersch, Guillermo Klein, Hermeto Pascoal, John Patitucci, Romero Lubambo, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Vince Mendoza, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Ben Wendel, David Binney, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Miguel Zenon, and the Yellowjackets.
Awards and honors
Souza won a Grammy Award in 2007 as a featured vocalist on Herbie Hancock's album River: The Joni Letters. She was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Brazilian Duos (2003), North and South (2004), Duos II (2006), Tide (2010), and The Book of Chet (2013). She was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album for Duos III (2013).
Souza was named Female Singer of the Year in 2005 and 2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association.
- An Answer to Your Silence (NYC, 1999)
- The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs (Sunnyside, 2000)
- Brazilian Duos (Biscoito Fino, 2001)
- Norte E Sul (Biscoito Fino, 2003)
- Neruda (Sunnyside, 2004)
- Duos II (Sunnyside, 2005)
- The New Bossa Nova (Verve, 2007)
- Tide (Verve, 2009)
- Duos III (Sunnyside, 2012)
- The Book of Chet (Sunnyside, 2012)
- Speaking in Tongues (Sunnyside, 2015)
- The Book of Longing (Sunnyside, 2018)
As featured vocalist
- Clarice Assad – Imaginarium (Adventure, 2014)
- Cyro Baptista – Beat the Donkey (Tzadik, 2003)
- Adoniran Barbosa – O Poeta do Bexiga (Som Livre, 1990)
- Walter Becker – Circus Money (Mailboat, 2008)
- Derek Bermel – Canzonas Americanas (Cantaloupe, 2012)
- Stephen Bishop – Saudade (Target, 2007)
- Till Brönner – Oceana (Universal, 2006)
- Till Brönner – Rio (Universal Germany, 2008)
- Oscar Castro-Neves – All One (Mack Avenue, 2006)
- George Garzone – Alone (NYC, 1995)
- Aaron Goldberg – Worlds (Sunnyside, 2006)
- Osvaldo Golijov – La Pasion Segun San Marcos (Hänssler, 2001)
- Osvaldo Golijov – Oceana (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007)
- Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters (Verve, 2007)
- Fred Hersch – Two Hands, Ten Voices (Broadway Cares, 2004)
- Guillermo Klein – Los Guachos (Sunnyside, 1999)
- Guillermo Klein – Los Guachos II (Sunnyside, 2002)
- Steve Kuhn – The Best Things (Reservoir, 2000)
- Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – LAGQ Brazil (Telarc, 2007)
- Arthur Maia – Arthur Maia (Paradoxx, 1997)
- Gregoire Maret – Wanted (Sunnyside, 2016)
- Donny McCaslin – The Way Through (Arabesque, 2003)
- Donny McCaslin – Soar (Sunnyside, 2006)
- Bob Moses – Time Stood Still (Gramavision, 1994)
- Bob Moses – Nishoma (Grapeshots, 2000)
- Bobby McFerrin – VOCAbuLaries (EmArcy, 2010)
- Vince Mendoza – Nights on Earth (Horizontal, 2011)
- Moss – Moss (Sunnyside, 2008)
- OSESP, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Biscoito Fino, 2005)
- Danilo Perez – Central Avenue (Verve, 1999)
- Danilo Perez – Motherland (Verve, 2000)
- Edward Simon – Simplicitas (Criss Cross, 2005)
- Edward Simon/Dave Binney – Oceanos (Criss Cross, 2007)
- Hermeto Pascoal – A Festa dos Deuses (Polygram, 1992)
- John Patitucci– Communion (Concord, 2001)
- John Patitucci – Songs, Stories, Spirituals (Concord, 2003)
- Clarence Penn – Saomaye (Verve, 2002)
- Rebecca Pidgeon – Behind the Velvet Curtain (Great American Music, 2008)
- Helen Richman / Jenny Mitchell – Duo Essence (Capstone, 2005)
- Tim Ries – The Rolling Stones Project (Concord, 2005)
- Maria Schneider Orchestra – Concert in the Garden (ArtistShare, 2004)
- Maria Schneider – Cerulean Skies (ArtistShare, 2007)
- Miguel Zenón – Ceremonial (Marsalis Music, 2004)
- 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.
- 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". Down Beat. October 2012
- "Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova to Chet Baker" by Melissa Block (NPR) August 31, 2012.
- 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.
- 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
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