Brazil produces no shortage of expert guitarist-composers crafting harmonically adventurous musical gems. But few have infiltrated the downtown New York jazz scene quite like Vinicius Cantuária. With a list of fans and collaborators that include Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, and Marc Ribot, Cantuária has made his musical stamp on the New York art-pop world with his offbeat update of the Bossa Nova sound.
Thursday through Sunday nights, Cantuária takes the stage at the Jazz Standard with a quintet of Brazilian instrumental talents that include pianist Helio Alves and percussionist Dende.
If you go to the shows, you might hear this song, “Quase Choro,” off of Cantuária’s 2001 album Vinicius, featuring the unmistakable atmospheres of Bill Frisell and Brad Mehldau.