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The Tom Bergeron Brasil Band is led by master saxophonist and composer Tom Bergeron, who has a long-standing love affair with Brazilian music and culture. The band plays a mix of traditional and modern styles, including choro, samba, bossa nova, baião, and MPB (Brazilian Popular Music).
Tom Bergeron holds a doctoral degree in saxophone. He has performed with artists as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald & Anthony Braxton, Third Angle Ensemble and the Sacramento Symphony, Dumisani Maraire and Robert Cray. He has lived in Brazil and returns annually to perform and visit. He teaches saxophone and Brazilian music at Western Oregon University.
He is joined by Cassio Vianna (piano), Rosi Bergeron (voice), Jason Palmer (drums), and Tim Gilson (Bass).
Pianist/composer Cassio Vianna was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, and was steeped in the music traditions of his native country. He holds degrees in Contemporary Music and Brazilian Popular Music. His new CD, Letters to Grace, has been submitted for Grammy consideration. His rhythmic piano playing is the heart of the Brasil Band groove.
Singer Rosi Bergeron was immersed from an early age in the musical culture of her native Rio de Janeiro, participating in Rio’s legendary samba schools, studying voice, and attending hundreds of shows of Brazilian music of all styles and traditions. Rosi brings to Brasil Band the sensuous sound of Brazilian Portuguese on some of her favorite songs.
Drummer Jason Palmer is a phenomenally skilled and sensitive musician. Well-known to the Portland music scene, he has provided the rhythmic foundation for a dazzling range of music styles, from soul, funk, disco, and blues, to jazz, rock, reggae, and fusion. His command of Brazilian styles is unsurpassed north of Recife.
Bassist/Composer Tim Gilson is also a fixture on the Portland music scene, as a member the legendary Mel Brown trio and countless other ensembles. A marvelously nimble and inventive bassist with a huge, warm sound, Tim brings to Brasil Band the solid foundation that allows the music to infect your soul with tropical truth.
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