Bossa Nova

Where to hear Brazilian Bossa Nova live music in New York City

Bárbara Martínez takes you back to Brasil

Friday, December 6, 2019
MIDTOWN EAST, NYC ~ The talented Argentine-Venezuelan New Yorker sings Brazilian bossa nova at Club Bonafide

Bossa Nova is a Brazilian fusion of samba and jazz that was created by João Gilberto in Rio de Janeiro around 1956-57.

He dropped the percussive aspect of samba to focus on melody and harmony. He sang in an almost spoken manner without vibrato and often accompanied only by his own guitar.

The music still has a driving Afro-Brazilian rhythm, but it’s presented in a very soft way, like a sunny day on an empty beach with your lover. You can drop Brazilian percussion underneath it, and put all kinds of things on top of it. That made it the perfect vehicle for jazz.

The legendary bossa nova concert at Carnegie Hall in 1962 launched the music globally. After the Beatles, bossa nova is still the world’s most popular music.


Bossa Nova History

Caetano Veloso ‘Ofertório’ at BAM

FORT GREENE, BROOKLYN; Fri-Sat Apr 12-13, 2019; Multi Grammy & Latin Grammy winner, Brazilian pop legend ~ Famous for 1960s Tropicália movement

Alexandra Jackson Brazilian Bossa Nova at City Winery

HUDSON SQUARE; Mon, Jan 7, 2019; Brazilian bossa nova jazz live music ~ A tribute to 60 years of bossa nova by a powerful blues and jazz singer with a band of great guest artists

Brasil Summerfest 2018

A few legends and a new crop of the year’s best Brazilian music.
Multiple Venues in Manhattan & Brooklyn
July 29 – August 12, 2018

Tropicália legend Tom Zé brings Brazilian Bossa Nova to Pioneer Works

Pioneer Works
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brazilian Eliane Elias brings ‘Music from Man of La Mancha’ to Birdland

Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Tuesday – Saturday
April 10 – 14, 2018

Brasil Summerfest 2017 is the biggest Brazilian music festival outside Brazil

Central Park Summerstage, Nublu, NaturaBrasil, Brooklyn Public Library, The Archway, David Rubenstein Atrium, Joe’s Pub, Museum of the Moving Image, The Django, Hester St
Manhattan & Brooklyn
August 5 – 13, 2017

Angelica de la Riva

The Brazilian opera singer and American Jazz singer reprise the collaborations of Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim
Sheen Center
Fri, June 10, 2016 at 8pm

Rosa Passos sings romantic Brazilian Bossa Nova ballads

One of Brazil’s great romantic bossa nova singers
Blue Note Jazz Club
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
June 6 – 8, 2016