Brazilian Jazz Saxophonist Leo Gandelman

Brazilian Jazz Saxophonist Leo Gandelman

Air Date: 01-02-22 through 01-09-22

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Happy New Year!

Our first weekly show of 2022 features saxophonist Leo Gandelman as part of January’s ‘Warmth of Brazil’ radio theme, and recently, I came across the liner notes that he asked me to write for his ‘Brazilian Soul’ album.

I included part of that text here because it tells a wonderful story about him. I hope you’ll enjoy it below:

10 Questions and a few minutes are all it takes to get caught up with this week’s Featured Artist, saxophonist Leo Gandelman. You can catch up with “Leo from Rio” here.  

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Sunday’s ‘Brazilian Brunch’ welcomes the New Year with our annual Brazilian Champagne Toast, plus the streaming debut of Basia’s new song with her backup singers, The Clarisse Sisters. You’ll hear it in the first hour.

So plan to spend some time with us as we enjoy another early-winter Sunday together. And our Listening Apps for your tablet or smartphone make it easy to take us along wherever you go.

Sundays only at 9 am, 2 pm and 8 pm CT. Use the PLAY buttons above to listen live.

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Have a request?  I’d be happy to play it! Request a song, artist or style when you stop by the Lounge Page today – even hear your name on our show.  Musical fun!

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My Producer’s Notes

Leo Gandelman always brings me home. Spend a few minutes with him after a performance and you’ll immediately understand what I mean.

There’s a welcoming sense of his personality, right upfront. His characteristic lighthearted humor, that easy smile always just a note or two away; that’s Leo.

And as The Sounds of Brazil is featuring his music on the radio this week, it’s possibly the very first opportunity for you to know anything about the man behind the saxophone.

Secondly, how I met Leo Gandelman has a lot to do with why he’s so well respected and admired by fans and compatriots worldwide.

Return To Rio

It was my second trip to Rio in 1989, arranged on the fly by capturing a writing assignment from a US magazine to interview singer Caetano Veloso.

An invitation to meet Gal Costa came along soon after my arrival and it wasn’t long before I found myself in a recording studio, seated next to her during a session break for her comeback album Plural.

And there, volunteering to act as the interpreter for my broken Portuguese was her producer, a young enthusiastic guy named Gandelman.

With his second solo album just released and already working hard on his career in the US, you could have forgiven Leo for seizing the moment to include his own successes and aspirations, but that wasn’t the case.

In fact, I left that day without any real appreciation for him as an artist. He had totally given himself over to my moment: an obviously entranced gringo, awash with amazement at the opportunity to meet Gal Costa.

The afternoon seemed endless, with Leo doing his absolute best to translate my questions and her answers back and forth. Through it all, Gal smiled. Leo glowed. I found a new friend that day, and hadn’t heard one note of his music.

Since then, there have been many such times, and I’ve watched his life and career unfold day to day, year after year, success upon success.

On the professional side, there’s a cornucopia of awards as Brazil’s Best Instrumental Performer – for the past 15 years!

In his native country, he’s been known as Brazil’s David Sanborn. In the US he’s “Leo from Rio.” However you know him, this week you’ll have the chance to know him a little better: through his music and by spending a few minutes catching up with Leo’s answers to our 10 Questions article on Connect Brazil’s homepage.


– Scott Adams

What’s Happening This Week at – January 2 – 9, 2022

Brazilian Jazz Saxophonist Leo Gandelman

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Conmigo<>Daniela Mercury & Deodato/We All Ennio

Tres Pontas<>Antonio Adolfo/BruMa

Baubles, Bangles & Beads<>Laura Fygi/Laura Fygi

Welcome to the Brazil Club Lounge                     

Me Deixa Em Paz<>Leo Gandelman/Black Pearls

Special Announcment

Girl From Ipanema<>Gabriela Anders/Wanting

Set 2:

Introduce Our Next Set

Easy Ridin’<>Leo Gandelman/Western World

Café Jobim<>Lawson Rollins/Infinita

Introduce Next Song

SONG 4U<>Jorge Vercillo/Nas Minha Maos

Rise<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

Somewhere In The Hills<>Natalie Cole/Encanto

Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Black Bird<>Leo Gandelman/Yellow Sax Marine

Walking On A Chinese Wall<>Luca Giacco/Chinese Wall

It’s Raining At Buriti Farm<>Dori Caymmi/Kicking Cans  

What is it about Kenney Polson’s Brazilian jazz album that has top journalists from JAZZIZ to Audiophile Review singing its 5-star praises?

Brazilian Jazz Saxophonist Leo Gandelman

Hour 2:

Set 1:

Antigua<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

Friday Song<>Alexia Bomtempo/Astrolabio

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Nos E O Mar<>Doris Monteiro/ Bossa Nova Sua Historia

Giraffe In Green<>Jun Miyake/Post Modern Bossa

Solar<>Leo Gandelman/Solar

Special Announcement

When I Fell In Love<>Sergio Mendes, Gracinha Leporace/Magic

Set 2:

Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Milton Nascimento

Vera Cruz<>Milton Nascimento/Courage

Beleza e Canção<>Milton Nascimento/Pieta

Introduce Next Song

A Ra'<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

A Minha Dor<>Roberto Vally/Tranquila

Sambacu<>Pete Escovedo/E Street

Set 3:

Sax Talk<>Leo Gandelman/Solar

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Next Week: We’ll embrace the warmth of Brazil with ‘The Brazilian Piano’. I hope you’ll enjoy the show and please – tell a few friends about us! It’s always great to share the music.

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The Art of Brazilian Jazz – Saxophonist Leo Gandelman