20th century Brazilian icons don’t come much bigger than João Donato.
Starting his recording career at 15 the Latin jazz pianist has gone on to release a staggering 29 albums since 1953, perhaps his best known one being the brilliant jazz-funk album Quem é Quem.
A major figure as a musician and arranger in the bossa nova movement, Donato has been profoundly influential across several generations of Brazilian players. João Gilberto even confessed to have taken his bossa nova beat at the violão from Donato’s piano playing.
His 2016 release Donato Elétrico is his first all-new record in 15 years and sees João playing vintage electric pianos and analog synths, accompanied by a who’s who of Brazil’s new music scene. The album was nominated for Best Instrumental Record in the Latin Grammys and appeared in best-of-2016 lists from publications like Rolling Stone Brasil magazine.
Even after all of these years João is still that fun, loving, free spirited artist he’s been since his early breakout days. This is a rare chance to see him in the flesh in the UK, backed by members of Brazilian Afrobeat powerhouse Bixiga 70.
Contemporary jazz guitarist and composer Peter Wilson opens the show with his quartet.
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