Phill Fest’s Seresta: Connect Brazil This Week

After less than a year, guitarist Phill Fest returns with a new album, titled Seresta. Connect Brazil’s weekly digest keeps you informed and up to date with the best of Brazil. What will you discover?

What’s Happening This Week at May 15 – 21, 2022

Cover Story

Phill’s latest album is titled Seresta (Portuguese for ‘Sizzle’). The album came together quickly last October, during a visit to his father’s hometown, the sun-kissed southern city of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Several of Brazil’s finest jazz musicians help make Seresta a great Brazilian jazz choice for summertime listening.

Pianist Paulo Dorfman, Luizinho Santos (sax and flute). A pair of outstanding bassists, Nico Bueno and Ed Saffi. There’s drummer Ronie Martinez and percussionist Tuti Rodrigues.

A special guest on Seresta is Kiko Freitas, longtime drummer for Joao Bosco and with saxophonist Leo Gandelman. He appears on two songs, including the title track which holds special meaning for Phill, and for two-time Grammy winner Howard Levy.

Levy is the song’s co-writer and he provides the liner notes for Seresta.

Seresta is near and dear to my heart,” says Levy. “I created it spontaneously in a studio in Chicago with Phill’s father, Manfredo, a fantastic pianist and composer. We plucked it out of the air together and it’s wonderful to hear Phill’s version of it.”

To mark Seresta’s arrival, we are also looking back. The album’s May 13th launch date is also the birthday of Phill’s dad, pianist Manfredo Fest. The day came with a special honor. Google created a Doodle to celebrate what would have been Mafredo’s 86th birthday.

Although Google’s Doodles only last for a day, you can view Manfredo Fest’s Doodle, here!

Seresta carries the Fest family’s musical traditions forward.

Read Connect Brazil’s original review of Seresta, then plan to catch a pair of songs from the album on Friday’s Brazil’Back2Back.

Listen Live this Friday

Be sure to join me for Brazil Back2Back, when Phill Fest returns to our streaming station this Friday, top of the hour, at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm CT for two in a row.

Use the Connect Brazil Listening Lounge: Always free, always live.

Scott Adams, Midday Host


Brazilian beef ribs at a Costelaria.
#tasteytruth: Ordering ribs in Brazil is definitely a ‘Flintstones’ moment. In Sao Paulo, these moments are best spent at Costelaria Moema, where an entire side of beef ribs is rolled tableside on a heavy wooden cart, then carved onto your plate. Best served with friends and lots of ice cold choppe.

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New Music: Rayane Boldrini ‘Tudo Lembra Você’

Meet Rayane Boldrini and her new single ‘Tudo Lembra Você’ (Everything Reminds Me of You), recorded on the pristine beaches of southern Bahia! Listen for her music on  Bossa Nova Love AffairBrazilian Jazz, and our steaming station!


This week, we’re featuring the legendary Getz/Gilberto album. Settle in with two hours of favorite songs on The Sounds of Brazil. You are invited to listen 4 X daily and on-demand through May 29th. The playlist and Producer’s Notes are here.


Our streaming station is a jazzy blend of breezy bossas and crossover hits from both sides of the equator. Always free and always live, this is music you can live with!

Treat your ears to our unique blend. Our streaming station is the perfect choice for the sunshine season. Listen for these songs this week during The Midday Show with Scott Adams (M-F, 9 am to 3 pm CT).

  • ‘Maria, Maria’ – Vitor Kley
  • ‘One Note Samba’ – Nate Najar (Instrumental)
  • ‘Time Goes By’ – Sheléa

Listen for these songs and thousands more on our always-live streaming station, and click here for all of our streaming music channels.

Best way to listen? Connect Brazil’s Listening Lounge.

Brazil Back2Back

Always two-of-a-kind and always two in a row when you listen at the top of the hour, at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm (US Central) Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

  • Monday, May 16 – Guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves
  • Wednesday, May 18 – New Music: Jasmine, Sergio Pereira
  • Friday, May 20 – Phill Fest’s Seresta debut

Next week on Brazil Back2Back:

  • Monday, May 23 – Brazilain Horns
  • Wednesday, May 25 – New Music: Anavitoria, pianist David Benoit
  • Friday, May 25 – Sergio Mendes for Memorial Day Weekend.

Visit the Listening Lounge to listen live, for real-time playlists or to request a song.

Spotlight Song: Gilberto Gil ‘Nago Buda’ (Ao Vivo)

Still one of his all-time, most popular songs for our listeners, here’s Gilberto Gil, in concert from 1993.

Listen to this song on Connect Brazil’s always-live streaming station, 24/7, worldwide.


Connect Brazil’s Events section has the early line on entertainment recommendations for Spring with more live venues, and club dates added regularly. And musicians can post their events for free, anytime.

Enjoy live club dates and livestream upcoming Brazilian jazz concerts or St. Pete’s Nate Najar Trio with Daniela Soledade, You’ll find virtual Brazilian cooking and Zumba classes, even the return of Brazilian Jazz to San Antonio’s Riverwalk.

Plus your pick of full-length, on-demand virtual Brazilian jazz concerts, too.

  • Click here to browse upcoming events.


Planning for Memorial Day? Click the image!

Browse Brazilian eateries, cafes and markets near you, coast to coast

Grillin’ like a Brazilian? Whether it’s sizzling Brazilian kabobs or a full-fledged churrasco, there’s a steakhouse, butcher, or market nearby to help with your shopping list. Don’t forget the wood charcoal!

Soon, your tastebud will be in overdrive, so plan ahead. Our Lifestyle Directory delivers Brazilian goodness to your table.

Connect Brazil is donating its services to spread the word about the tasty rewards of your patronage.

We hope that you will do the same by placing an order soon with an eatery near you. Your support makes everything taste better. Even Brazilian picanha steaks!


Phill Fest’s Seresta: Connect Brazil This Week

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