A Breath of Fresh Air Mar 28

Written by on 03/28/2023

A Breath of Fresh Air With Sandy Kaye
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SERGIO MENDES is an iconic pianist, producer, songwriter, band leader, Grammy winner and Oscar nominee.

He is widely considered the best known Brazilian musician of all time, having reinvented himself continually over the course of a 60 year career.

Since a very early age, growing up in a small town in Brazil, Sergio began exploring different styles of music and his unique sound, including his use of Portuguese lyrics, was embraced all over the world.  His hit ‘Mas Que Nada’ was the first ever international hit of a song in Portuguese. It was voted the fifth greatest Brazilian song ever and inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013. Sergio says the key to successful songs is the simple melody. Though he never expected it, Sergio Mendes’ timing and unique sound made him an international success.

One of the biggest crossover Brazilian pop artists of his generation, Sergio Mendes helped define the sound of Latin pop and dance music in the 20th century. For most of the second half of the ’60s, Sergio was the top-selling Brazilian artist in the United States, charting huge hit singles that regularly made the Top Five. His records with his group Brasil 66 regularly straddled the domestic pop and international markets in America, getting played heavily on AM radio stations, both rock and easy listening, and he gave his label, A&M, something to offer light jazz listeners beyond the work of the company’s co-founder, Herb Alpert.

Decades later he still tours and performs at numerous music festivals. Always mindful to keep re-inventing himself in order to remain relevant, Sergio has successfully collaborated with artists like John Legend, will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas and many well known Brazilian musicians.

In 2019, he issued his latest studio album, ‘In the Key of Joy’ in conjunction with a documentary film about his life.

Join me as Sergio Mendes recounts his incredible musical career this week on A Breath of Fresh Air.

In an over 60-year career Sergio Mendes has helped pioneer bossa nova and worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra to will.i.am. His newest album is In The Key Of Joy.




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