Jazz has a soft spot in our hearts because of its timeless sound and the level of skill that required to make this type of music. The Bossa Nova style of Â Jazz is a personal favorite of mine and I want the world to know and love it as much as I do. You’ll hear this style from pioneer Tom Jobin who made timeless classics like “Girl From Ipanema”, along with modern musicians Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato. Veronneau should be added to this list of musicians who’ve taken on a genre with such a unique charm.
An excerpt from their bio:
“Veronneau are an acoustic-guitar and vocal driven quartet featuring musicians from the UK, USA and Quebecoise vocalist Lynn Veronneau. Based in Washington DC, the band formed in 2010 and have toured internationally, appearing live on BBC Radio during their 2011 UK tour. The band researched the history of Jazz Samba to prepare for recording this CD, unearthing documentation from the Felix Grant Archive and interviewing the remaining musicians from the originalÂ Jazz SambaÂ session. A number of their articles about the rise of bossa nova have been published
VÃ©ronneau’s first album releaseÂ Joie de Vivre (Joy of Living)Â quickly climbed Â into the top ofÂ Jazz Week’sÂ World Music chart and reached Top 10 status in a number of North American stations. It enjoyed airplay in Canada, England and Scotland where the band toured in 2011 playing festivals and club dates supported with live radio performances and interviews on BBC Radio and Radio Canada.
World-jazz band Veronneau’s second album,Â Jazz Samba Project,Â celebrates the anniversary. Re-interpreting three tracks from the Byrd/Getz album, a handful of subsequent bossa classics and some unexpected ‘bossification’ of contemporary songs Veronneau track the development of bossa nova around the world. The band perform in 3 languages, as on their 2011 debutÂ Joie de VivreÂ album which reached the top 10 of the Jazzweek World Music chart.”