Pianist Gregg Karukas: Connect Brazil This Week

We’ve “Sprung Ahead” and our countdown to the Sunshine Season has begun. Connect Brazil’s weekly digest keeps you informed and up to date with the best of Brazil. What will you discover?

What’s Happening at Connectbrazil.com March 14 – March 20, 2021

Pianist Gregg Karukas has gifted us with a Springtime surprise: His first album in more than six years, his first solo piano album, and his first Brazilian-themed album. Beginning this Wednesday, Serenata makes its official Connect Brazil streaming debut and we’ll share Gregg’s Brazilian story with you on the homepage at Connect Brazil.


  • Lifestyle: If finding “things to do” during COVID is wearing thin, why not give Portuguese a try? Remote learning can be fun and effective. Learn about Street Smart Brazil.
  • Music: One Track Mind asks the question: Was Rua Das Amores Djavan’s last great album?
  • Food & Drink: Easter is three weeks away. Read up on current reviews in our Brazilian Comfort Food guide.
  • People: Legendary singer Elis Regina would have turned 76 this Wednesday, but her life was tragically cut short. Read her book-length biography. A free ‘exclusive’ from Connect Brazil.
  • Picture of the Day: A handpicked photo every day whenever you visit our homepage.
Nicknamed ‘O Furacão‘ (the Hurricane), Elis Regina lived a talented and tortured life, but her passion and emotion still fill the hearts of Brazilians today. Ours, too!

Connect Brazil’s Weekender arrives in your inbox this Thursday! Read a current issue and sign up here.

Spotlight Song: Astrud Gilberto ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’

A rare, live version of Astrud’s springtime Bossa classic!

Listen to Astrud Gilberto’s best songs on our streaming channels, including BossaNovaville, Sunday Brazilian Brunch and Brazilian Jazz.


This week, we’ll double up the playlist with the Best Brazilian Duets on The Sounds of Brazil. Listen 4 X daily and on-demand through March 28th. The playlist and Producer’s Notes are here.


Listen to The Sounds of Brazil! Our streaming station is a jazzy blend of breezy bossas and crossover hits from both sides of the equator. It’s America’s only ‘Always Live’ streaming station for Brazilian music.

With Spring only a few days away, our playlist is already making its seasonal switch to the sunshine season. You’re sure to hear to keep an ear on these songs while listening to us this week, including:

  • ‘Bein’ Cool’ – Djavan
  • ‘Cafe Roma’ – Brass
  • ‘Mais Devagar’ – Alexia Bomtempo

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

Check out 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:

Next week on Brazil Back2Back:

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

New Music:

We’ve introduced Kell Smith’s ‘Nossa Bossa’ to listeners coast to coast. Now, its your turn.

Listen to this song on Connect Brazil’s always-live streaming station, for Wednesday’s ‘New Music’ Brazil Back2Back at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm CT.


Connect Brazil’s Events section has the early line on entertainment recommendations for Spring when every Friday Brazil Back2Back features different versions of ‘The Waters of March’ on our streaming station.

Enjoy live club dates and livestream Brazilian jazz concerts with Philly’s Minas, 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.


Just getting started with Brazilian Comfort Food? Don;t forget your grill! A simple Churrasco is sure to make your day.

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

It’s true. Hundreds of family-owned Brazilian restaurants, coffee houses and cafes, bakeries, and grocery markets coast-to-coast need your active support during these challenging times. Many have already closed. We want to help you help them.

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 eatry near you. Your support makes everything taste better.


Pianist Gregg Karukas: Connect Brazil This Week

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