Bossa nova legend Sergio Mendes is a giant of the genre, as beloved for his classic hits as he is for his collaborations with contemporary artists like the Black Eyed Peas. Mendes has been bringing the rhythms of Brazil to the wider world for over half a century, continually innovating at his renowned live shows by incorporating hip hop and other modern styles into his sets. Fans of no-frills bossa nova need not worry, however — all the classic elements remain front and center at Mendes' electric concerts, from the samba rhythms and jazz instrumentation to the Carnival-inspired costumes. Hot off the heels of his 2013 tour dates, Mendes is set to rock audiences at the 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York.
Brazil-born Sergio Mendes attended conservatory with the hopes of becoming a classical pianist until bossa nova hit the Brazilian music scene like a ton of bricks in the late '50s. The burgeoning genre's blend of samba rhythms and jazz took hold of Mendes, who founded the Sexteto Bossa Rio for his 1961 album debut Dance Moderno. With an eye on appealing to English-speaking audiences, Mendes teamed up with Herb Alpert for 1966's Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66, which contained his breakthrough hit "Mas Que Nada." Mendes' star continued to rise with his 1968 performance of Oscar-nominated "The Look of Love" at the Academy Awards, setting the stage for his enduring status as one of Latin music's most respected and decorated performers.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"Sergio Mendes played all the hits. Upon the audience request he did "Mas Que Nada" twice. The band and the singers were great as well. I felt as though as I was in Brazil!"
"Sergio and his crew was amazing! Everyone was so talented and versatile and put on a great show!"
"Sergio Mendes and his band were awesome. Brought back many fond memories and the addition of rap was unique and enjoyable."