Paul Desmond’s Unfinished Autobiography


By Roberto Muggiati Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, who was known for his wry sense of humor musically, conversationally, and expositorily, had, according to a number of sources, intended to write an autobiography to be called “How Many of You Are There in the Quartet?” based on his experiences as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The title More...

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On January 25, 2017

Scott Fitzgerald and the Maxixe Age

By Roberto Muggiati F. Scott Fitzgerald was the chronicler of the Jazz Age, masterfully described in his ten-page essay published in 1931, Echoes of the Jazz Age. But he also cherished a strong interest in maxixe, More...

On January 25, 2016

Vinyl Record Albums in Brazil

So many people are buying vinyl record albums these days that Wikipedia now has an entry entitled “Vinyl Revival.” Vinyl records were first challenged by the invention of the cassette tape and Walkman, followed More...

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On August 7, 2015

A Beautiful Horizon for Jazz in 2015

By Roberto Muggiati  Never mind the Crisis: 2015 has been a great year for jazz festivals in Brasil, I can assure you: I have written in Curitiba in English about my wanderings at Jurerê Jazz, Santa Catarina, More...

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On June 15, 2015

Jurerê Jazz Joys

By Roberto Muggiati Jurerê is a strip of fancy houses by the sea on the northern tip of the island of Florianópolis. Its size and shape are more or less the same as Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, and Jurerê is just More...

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On May 13, 2015

“The Wild Party” Comes to Rio

By Roberto Muggiati A mounting fever of musicals has taken hold of the Brazilian stage over the last couple of years. Hotspot of the new craze, Rio de Janeiro has so far seen all kinds of productions – from More...

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On March 23, 2015

Pianos are Blooming in Rio

By Roberto Muggiati I have written before: in Rio de Janeiro you are bound to bump with music at every street corner. Two recent projects have brought the piano to the forefront in the city: at the Espaço Tom More...

On August 28, 2014

When Santos Goes Marchin’ In

   By Roberto Muggiati When Andrea Ernest Dias invited me for a panel on the Moacir Santos Festival 2014, I had only a slight knowledge of the man and his music. Moacir left Brazil in 1967 and lived in Pasadena, More...

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On July 1, 2014

Glauco Sölter

Earlier this year, Glauco Sölter, one of the members of the instrumental group NaTocaia, gave a performance at Caixa Cultural Theatre in Curitiba, alongside Ron Carter, one of the most famous jazz bass players More...

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On June 18, 2014

A Day in Rio with Barroso and Jobim … and another one with Caymmi

By Roberto Muggiati  On a fine April morning in Rio de Janeiro — the Autumn sun slanted just enough not to scorch, but to bring cordial warmth beneath a scandalously blue sky — I set out for a sentimental journey, More...