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Luciana Souza, photo by Kim Fox, 2015
|Born||July 12, 1966
São Paulo, Brazil
|Genres||Jazz, Bossa nova|
|Instruments||Vocal, scat singing|
|Labels||Sunnyside, Universal Jazz France|
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, Herbie Hancock, and Osvaldo Golijov. Luciana Souza has worked and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Paul Simon and James Taylor.
She has been married to music producer Larry Klein since 2006.
- Speaking In Tongues (Sunnyside, 2015)
- The Book of Chet (Sunnyside, 2012) - Grammy Nominated Record
- Duos III (Sunnyside, 2012) - Grammy Nominated Record
- Tide (Universal Jazz France, 2009) - Grammy Nominated Record
- The New Bossa Nova (Universal Jazz France, 2007)
- Duos II (Sunnyside, 2005) - Grammy Nominated Record
- Neruda (Sunnyside, 2004)
- North and South (Sunnyside, 2003) - - Grammy Nominated Record
- Brazilian Duos (Sunnyside, 2002) - Grammy Nominated Record
- The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs (Sunnyside, 2000)
- An Answer to Your Silence (NYC, 1998)
As featured vocalist
- Clarisse Assad – Imaginarium (Adventure, 2014)
- Derek Bermel– Canzonas Americanas (Cantaloupe, 2012)
- Ryan Truesdell – Centennial (ArtistShare, 2012)
- Vince Mendoza – Nights on Earth (Horizontal, 2011)
- Bobby McFerrin – VOCAbuLaries (EmArcy, 2010)
- Till Brönner – Rio (Universal Germany, 2008)
- Walter Becker – Circus Money (Mailboat, 2008)
- Moss – Moss (Sunnyside, 2008)
- Rebecca Pidgeon – Behind the Velvet Curtain (Great American Music, 2008)
- Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters (Verve, 2007)
- Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – LAGQ Brazil (Telarc, 2007)
- Maria Schneider – Cerulean Skies (Artist Share, 2007)
- Osvaldo Golijov – Oceana (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007)
- Edward Simon / Dave Binney – Oceanos (Criss Cross, 2007)
- Stephen Bishop – Saudade (Target, 2007)
- Fernando Huergo – The Structure of Survival (Fresh Sound, 2006)
- Oscar Castro Neves – All One (Mack Avenue, 2006)
- Donny McCaslin – Soar (Sunnyside, 2006)
- Aaron Goldberg – Worlds (Sunnyside, 2006)
- Till Brönner – Oceana (Universal, 2006)
- Tim Ries – The Rolling Stones Project (Concord, 2005)
- OSESP, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Biscoito Fino, 2005)
- Edward Simon – Simplicitas (Criss Cross, 2005)
- Helen Richman / Jenny Mitchell – Duo Essence (Essence, 2005)
- Maria Schneider Orchestra – Concert in the Garden (Artist Share, 2004)
- Miguel Zenon – Ceremonial (Marsalis Music, 2004)
- Fred Hersch – Two Hands, Ten Voices (Broadway Cares, 2004)
- Deidre Rodman – Simple Stories (Sunnyside, 2003)
- Donny McCaslin – The Way Through (Arabesque, 2003)
- John Patitucci – Songs, Stories, Spirituals (Concord, 2003)
- Cyro Baptista – Beat the Donkey (Tzadik, 2003)
- Aquilo del Nisso – Cinco (Zabumba, 2003)
- Guilhermo Klein – Los Guachos II (Sunnyside, 2002)
- Clarence Penn – Saomaye (Verve, 2002)
- Osvaldo Golijov – La Pasion Segun San Marcos (Hänssler, 2001)
- John Patitucci – Communion (Concord, 2001)
- Andrew Rathbun – True Stories (Fresh Sound, 2001)
- Danilo Perez – Motherland (Verve, 2000)
- Ben Sher – Please Take Me to Brazil (BGI, 2000)
- Bob Moses – Nishoma (Grapeshots, 2000)
- Andrew Rathbun – Jade (Fresh Sound, 2000)
- Steve Kuhn – The Best Things (Reservoir, 2000)
- Guilhermo Klein – Los Guachos II (Sunnyside, 1999)
- Danilo Perez – Central Avenue (Verve, 1999)
- Ben Sher – Tudo Bem (BGI, 1998)
- Fernando Brandão – Tempero Brasileiro (FBM, 1998)
- Fernando Huergo – Living These Times (Fresh Sound, 1998)
- Eric T. Johnson – By the Sea (Laugh and Jungle, 1997)
- Arthur Maia – Arthur Maia (Paradoxx, 1997)
- David Zoffer – The Beginning of the End (Zoffco, 1996)
- George Garzone – Alone (NYC, 1995)
- Bob Moses – Time Stood Still (Gramavision, 1994)
- Hermeto Pascoal – A Festa dos Deuses (Polygram, 1992)
- Adoniram Barbosa – O Poeta do Bexiga (Som Livre, 1990)
Awards and Nominations
Luciana Souza was awarded Female Jazz Singer of the Year in 2005 and 2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association.
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Souza sang on the song "Amelia" on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters, which won Album of the Year .
|2003||Brazilian Duos||Best Jazz Vocal Album||Nominated|
|2004||North and South||Nominated|
|2008||River: The Joni Letters||Album of the Year||Won|
|2010||Tide||Best Jazz Vocal Album||Nominated|
|2013||The Book of Chet||Nominated|
|Duos III||Best Latin Jazz Album||Nominated|
- 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.
- 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”. Downbeat Magazine. 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.
- "Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova To Chet Baker". NPR.org. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- "Souza's 'New Bossa Nova' Covers Pop Standards". npr.org. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- "Luciana Souza: Revising Pop by Way of Bossa Nova". NPR.org. 21 October 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- "Souza Lends a Fresh Note to Brazilian Music". NPR.org. 14 May 2005. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- "Saudade: An Untranslatable, Undeniably Potent Word". NPR.org. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.