One of the renowned founders of the bossa nova musical movement is coming to the Marina as part of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors Marina del Rey Summer Concerts Series.
Brazilian-born Oscar Castro-Neves is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 18th, on stage overlooking the Marina in Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Admission is free.
Castro-Neves, along with his contemporaries Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jo“o Gilberto and a few others, is considered a progenitor of the bossa nova musical style.
Hailing from a highly musical family, Castro-Neves scored his first national hit in Brazil at the age of 16. The song, titled “Chora Tua Tristeza,” was his first recorded effort. It was subsequently recorded by about 50 other artists in Brazil.
He brought his sound to the United States in 1962 when he performed at Carnegie Hall, an event said to be the first American bossa nova concert.
Castro-Neves and his quartet have toured with jazz legends the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, the Stan Getz Quartet, the Lalo Schifrin Trio, and the Laurindo de Almeida Quartet, featuring Ray Brown, Shelly Manne, and Bud Shank.
He spent a ten-year tenure in the group Brazil 66, led by Sergio Mendes, as guitarist, musical director and vocal coach. He also began to prove his relevancy as a record producer at that time.
He was involved with approximately 15 records with Mendes, some as co-producer.
His most esteemed production credits include Color and Light ñ Jazz Sketches on Sondheim, which was chosen as one of the Top Jazz Albums of the year by Billboard Magazine and one of the Ten Best Albums of the year by Time Magazine. Soul of the Tango an album recorded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and produced by Castro-Neves, won a Grammy Award for best cross-over album of the year and became a platinum album in Japan.
Along with being a producer, guitarist and songwriter, Castro-Neves is celebrated as a composer and arranger for his sophisticated harmonic concepts as well as the texture and color of his orchestrations.
As a guitarist, Castro-Neves has recorded and performed with Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jo“o Gilberto, Toots Thielemans and Joe Henderson.
He has produced records for Harry Belafonte, Yo-Yo Ma, Toots Thielemans, Jo“o Gilberto, Stan Getz, Eliane Elias, Kenny Rankin. Film scoring and arranging credits include Blame it on Rio, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, L.A. Story, Sister Act II, Housesitter, and He Said, She Said.
He was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1940. His first instrument was the cavaquinho, a small Brazilian guitar used in traditional choro music.
He then graduated to piano and classical guitar and began performing with his three brothers while a youngster. He recorded historic albums with Vinicius de Moraes, considered the poet laureate of the bossa movement; Dorival Caymmi, the godfather of Bahian-rooted Afro-Brazilian sounds; and the female vocal group Quarteto em Cy.
Most recently, Castro-Neves has worked on producing and arranging jazz vocalist/pianist and Marina del Rey Summer Concerts Series alumni Diane Schuur’s new album and appearing in the PBS series Legends of Jazz.
Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso honored Castro-Neves by appointing him an officer of the Order of Rio Branco in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the dissemination of Brazilian culture and music around the world.
As musical director, he presented a night of Brazilian music at the Hollywood Bowl for seven years, which tallied a regular attendance of about 14,000 people.
A globally broadcast television special, Tribute to Jobim, with Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Gal Costa, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and other jazz and Brazilian music stars, was produced under Castro-Neves’s musical direction.
Joining Castro-Neves in his Burton Chace Park performance will be pianist/keyboardist Don Grusin, violinist Charlie Bisharat, bassist Abe Laboriel, saxophonist/flutist Gary Meek, drummer Mike Shapiro and vocalist Katia Moraes.
The Marina del Rey Summer Concerts Series features eight pop and jazz concerts on alternating Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer, concluding with a performance by Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Group on Saturday, September 1st. An annual staple of the series is classical orchestral concerts by the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony under the direction of maestro Frank Fetta.
The host for this season’s Marina del Rey Summer Concerts Series is Rich Capparela, a classical radio personality with KUSC FM.
Information, (310) 305-9545.