The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz

The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz is always evolving. From Smooth Jazz to C-Jazz, Brazil will surely be on the Playlist.

Air Date: 04-28-24 through 05-05-24

On-Demand: 04-28-24 through 05-12-24 is the official streaming radio partner for The Sounds of Brazil!

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Listen live! Taking you away from your part of the world, to ours with a jazzy blend of breezy Bossas and crossover hits from both sides of the equator. Always live, always free!

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The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz – Producer’s Notes


It’s true: You’d have to return to the Roaring ’20s to find a time when American jazz and Brazilian music were not intertwined.

Nine decades ago (in the ’30s and ’40s) it was Ary Barroso’s hit songs ‘Brazil’ (Aquarela do Brasil) and ‘Bahia’ (Na Baixa do Sapateiro) that allowed Walt Disney and Carmen Miranda to put a musical backbeat to President Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy”.

In The ’50s and ’60s, it was Bossa Nova and ‘The Girl From Ipanema’. 50 years ago, Sergio Mendes, Deodato, and Flora Purim added their names to the jazz and pop charts to help set the table for the most successful era that American jazz will probably ever witness: The rise of Smooth Jazz in the late 1980s.

And Brazil was ready and waiting for American jazz to once again catch up with its “popular” past.

We have only to look back at the success of Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, and Sergio Mendes to understand Brazilian music’s role in the creation of today’s Smooth Jazz style – and although its influence has waned in recent years, it’s only because the dots haven’t been connected.

World-class Musicians

Consider that artists as diverse as Geneve 5, Alkemix, and Lee Ritenour have found their beginnings with Brazilian groups and you’ll appreciate our program’s focus.

I’ve packed our playlist with smooth jazzers near and far, in every conceivable combination, with more than a few surprises along the way: Rick Braun, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Legend, Ray Obiedo, Randy Crawford, Gregg Karukas, Brian McKnight, Roberto Tola, Brian Simpson, Pat Metheny, Torcuato Mariano, Kilauea, Wayman Tisdale, and Will Downing all step into the radio spotlight this week

I’m pretty sure that if you asked, each one would tell you all about their Brazilian connection. Happily, we have their music to tell their stories this week. Enjoy!

Happy Listening, Scott Adams

Friday’s Brazil Back2Back taps a pair of tunes from Djavn – including his new single penned by Torcuato Mariano – when you listen at the top of the hour at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm CT, exclusively on our streaming station. Visit the Listening Lounge.

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Sunday’s Brazilian Brunch features ‘Sao Paulo Sirens’ from the ranks of Brazil’s superstars! Only on Sundays at 9 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm Central time and only on The Sounds of Brazil’s streaming station.

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This week’s show

Hour One: The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Rio De Janeiro Blue<>Randy Crawford/Best of..

Sensual Bossa<>Caibedo Island/Caibedo Tale

Baia<>Walter Wanderley/Next Stop Wonderland Soundtrack

Welcome to The Connect Brazil Listening Lounge             

Slow Motion<>Roberto Tola with Darryl Walker/Colors

Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Quiet Moments/Lonnie Liston Smith/Exploration

Paris<>Chris Bottii, John Splithoff/Vol. 1

Introduce Next Song

Back At One<>Brian McKnight & Ivete Sangalo/Millennium

Ocean Way<>Torcuato Mariano/Last Look

Espelhos D’Agua<>Preta Gil/Prét-A-Porter

Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Summer Breezin’ (SomeBossa)<>Al Jarreau/My Old Friend

Lost Words<>Philippe Saisse & Marc Antoine/Lost Words

Destiny<>John Smatla featuring Gabriela Anders/Ultrablue

Hour Two: The Brazilian Side of Smooth Jazz

Set 1:

Rio Drive<>Gregg Karukas/Soul Secrets

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Betcha Never<>R Silveira & Vanessa Williams/Sweetest Days

Hipster<>Terry Wollman & Najee/Surface

Meu Bem Querer<>Will Downing/Euphoria

Special Announcement

Sambaroma<>Chiara Civello/Last Quarter Moon

She’s In Love<> Peter White and Christopher Cross/ Confidential

Set 2:

Introduce Next Set: Brazil Back2Back: San Juan Sunset

San Juan Sunset<>Lee Ritenour/Rio

San Juan Sunset<>Deodato/Love Island

Introduce Next Song

Todo Dia<>Atlantica/Always

Villa Capri<>Ray Obiedo/Carosel

So Nice<>Bebel Gilberto/Tanto Tempo   

Set 3:

Better Days Ahead<>Pat Metheny/Letter From Home

Time To Lounge<>Alkemx/Rendezvous Lounge

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Next Week: We’re crossing borders with guitarist Torcuato Mariano and two hours of his best songs! 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 Brazilian Side of Smooth