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Label: MJH Music
Manager: PRI Global
Bio: Bossalingo includes a variety of musicians from the United States, Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Band leader Michael Joseph Harris brings his expressive guitar playing and original compositions to the group. The compositions allow for a lot of interaction and improvisat...See Full Bio
“Bossalingo began in the mid-1990s, playing the classic songs of Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá and delighting audiences with regular gigs at U Street’s Chi Cha Lounge. But after a five-year layoff, things seem to have changed. At the Nov. 7 release show for their new CD, Steps Beyond, the group took listeners at Blues Alley on a Pan-American tour of Latin rhythms that went well beyond the boundaries of its Brazil-focused name. Bossalingo’s core musicians were augmented at this performance by New York-based pianist Arturo O’Farrill, founder and director of the Grammy Award-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Opening the set with an original composition, “The Cat’s on Sugar Mountain,” bandleader, composer and guitarist Michael Joseph Harris’s playing reflected Latin, jazz, folk and rock influences. Throughout the night, his nylon-string acoustic guitar work would prove inventive and melodic...”