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|Born||July 12, 1966|
São Paulo, Brazil
|Genres||Jazz, bossa nova|
Luciana Souza (born July 12, 1966) is a Brazilian jazz singer and composer who also works in classical and chamber music.
A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Souza is the daughter of poet Tereza Souza and musician Walter Santos. She began her career at the age of three by recording jingles for commercials. In 1988, she graduated with a degree in jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She received a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1994. She has taught at Berklee and The Manhattan School of Music and was Jazz Artist in Residence with San Francisco Performances from 2004 to 2010.
Souza has performed classical music with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart; chamber music with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, and the American Composer's Orchestra. Souza has collaborated with new music composers Derek Bermel, Patrick Zimmerli, Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
In jazz and pop, she has worked with Gil Goldstein, Osvaldo Golijov, Herbie Hancock, Fred Hersch, Guillermo Klein, Hermeto Pascoal, John Patitucci, Romero Lubambo, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Vince Mendoza, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Ben Wendel, David Binney, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Miguel Zenon, and the Yellowjackets.
Awards and honors
Souza won a Grammy Award in 2007 as a featured vocalist on Herbie Hancock's album River: The Joni Letters. She was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Brazilian Duos (2003), North and South (2004), Duos II (2006), Tide (2010), and The Book of Chet (2013). She was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album for Duos III (2013).
Souza was named Female Singer of the Year in 2005 and 2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association.
- An Answer to Your Silence (NYC, 1999)
- The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs (Sunnyside, 2000)
- Brazilian Duos (Biscoito Fino, 2001)
- Norte E Sul (Biscoito Fino, 2003)
- Neruda (Sunnyside, 2004)
- Duos II (Sunnyside, 2005)
- The New Bossa Nova (Verve, 2007)
- Tide (Verve, 2009)
- Duos III (Sunnyside, 2012)
- The Book of Chet (Sunnyside, 2012)
- Speaking in Tongues (Sunnyside, 2015)
- The Book of Longing (Sunnyside, 2018)
As featured vocalist
With Till Bronner
- 2006 Oceana
- 2008 Rio
With Guillermo Klein
- 1999 Los Guachos II
- 2002 Los Guachos III
With Donny McCaslin
- 2003 The Way Through
- 2006 Soar
With Bob Moses
- 1993 Time Stood Still
- 2000 Nishoma
With John Patitucci
- 2001 Communion
- 2003 Songs, Stories & Spirituals
With Danilo Perez
- 1998 Central Avenue
- 2000 Motherland
With Madeleine Peyroux
- 2009 Bare Bones
- 2018 Anthem
With Maria Schneider
- 1992 Festa Dos Deuses, Hermeto Pascoal
- 1995 Alone, George Garzone
- 2000 Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasion Segun San Marcos, Maria Guinand
- 2000 The Best Things, Steve Kuhn
- 2002 Beat the Donkey, Cyro Baptista
- 2004 Ceremonial, Miguel Zenon
- 2005 Silver Solstice, Paul Winter
- 2005 Simplicitas, Edward Simon
- 2006 All One, Oscar Castro-Neves
- 2006 Worlds, Aaron Goldberg
- 2007 Brazil, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
- 2007 Melodious Beats Vol. 1, Mark de Clive-Lowe
- 2007 Oceanos, David Binney/Edward Simon
- 2007 Osvaldo Golijov: Oceana, Robert Spano/Dawn Upshaw
- 2007 River: The Joni Letters, Herbie Hancock
- 2008 Behind the Velvet Curtain, Rebecca Pidgeon
- 2008 Circus Money, Walter Becker
- 2008 Moss, Moss
- 2008 Romance in Rio, Stephen Bishop
- 2008 The Rolling Stones Project, Tim Ries
- 2010 VOCAbuLarieS, Bobby McFerrin
- 2012 Canzonas Americanas, Derek Bermel
- 2014 Imaginarium, Clarice Assad
- 2016 Wanted, Gregoire Maret
- 2018 Raising Our Voice, Yellowjackets
- McGowan, Chris. The Brazilian Music Book: Brazil's Singers, Songwriters and Musicians Tell the Story of Bossa Nova, MPB, and Brazilian Jazz and Pop. Culture Planet, June 2014
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- McGowan, Chris. "Luciana Souza: A Bossa Nova Baby Makes Her Way in the Jazz Realm". The Huffington Post. January 4, 2014.
- Morrison, Allen. "Distill Everything". Down Beat. October 2012
- "Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova to Chet Baker" by Melissa Block (NPR) August 31, 2012.
- Blumenfeld, Larry. "Loneliness in Two Languages". The Wall Street Journal. August 27, 2012
- Jacki Lyden. "Souza Lends a Fresh Note to Brazilian Music". NPR. May 14, 2005.
- Teachout, Terry. "She's Brazilian, Tempered by a Bit of Everything Else". The New York Times. August 4, 2002
- Ratliff, Ben. "Guitar and Conversation: A Singer at Ease with Her Roots". The New York Times. November 27, 2001
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