Bossa Nova Legends
Leny Andrade & Pery Ribeiro
Following last year's highly successful tour by the Bossa Nova
Legends, featuring the outstanding Brazilian vocal duo, Alaide Costa
and Johnny Alf, the group's joint leaders, guitarist Paulo Morello
and saxophonist Kim Barth, are this year presenting another dream
duo from Brazil - Leny Andrade and Pery Ribeiro, who have been working
together since the 1960s.
After studying at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, Leny Andrade
performed with Sergio Mendes and the Dick Farney Orchestra in Rio´s
leading bossa nova nightclubs. It was in 1965 that she really won
widespread public recognition with the show "Gemini Cinco",
performing with Pery Ribeiro and Bossa Três. The live album
of that show was a major success and kept them touring North- and
South America for several years.
In the 1970s and 80s she made various albums which mixed samba
and bossa nova with a jazz flavour, a style that she had mastered
so superbly. In 1993, Leny moved to New York and, in that year,
appeared in more than 40 international jazz festivals.
Widely regarded as the world's leading bossa nova singer, she has
worked with Charlie Byrd, Herbie Mann, Toots Thielemans and Paquito
D'Rivera, who dedicated his composition "Song For Leny"
to her. The New York Times recently described her as "the Sarah
Vaughan of Brazil."
Pery Ribeiro, a pioneer in developing the bossa nova sound, began
his career in Rio at the beginning of the 1960s, working with such
bossa nova icons as Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Many
of the most popular Brazilian songs had Pery as their first interpreter.
Songs such as: "Girl from Ipanema", "Summer Samba"
and "O Barquinho", just to name a few. As a composer,
Pery had a major hit in 1966, "Bossa na Praia", released
internationally and recorded by many performers, including Astrud
Gilberto. Some years later, Ribeiro joined the Sergio Mendes Bossa
Rio Band in the USA, where he still lives, having settled in Miami.
One of the most eminent of the bossa nova exponents, Pery Ribeiro's
remarkable contribution to the Brazilian music is documented on
more than 50 albums for Capitol, EMI and Sony.
Morello & Barth lead a superb band that celebrates Leny Andrade's
and Pery Ribeiro's incredible careers, melting music history with
the hippest contemporary sounds from Brazil. This will be Andrade's
and Ribeiro's first visit to Europe as a duo after 40 years of collaboration.
The Bossa Nova Legends
Leny Andrade, vocals
Pery Ribeiro, vocals
Kim Barth, saxes/flutes
Paulo Morello, guitar
João Carlos Coutinho, piano
Lucio Nascimento, bass
Adriano de Oliveira, drums