B have been forging the way on the upsurge of interest in Brazilian
music for the last 5 years. Riding high on the new wave of contemporary
Brazilian styles their music mixes samba and bossa nova with hard
hitting dance floor beats. Their live shows have an appeal for everyone,
with fiery carnival inspired world beats, cool lyrical jazz
sensibilities and groovy contemporary dance floor arrangements -and
leave people with such an appetite for those sunshine Brazilian vibes
that some have flown to Brazil in search of that elusive beach party!
B was formed by Joe And Azhar in the spring of '98 as a
consequence of jazzers and sambaistas joining forces with a common love
of Brazilian music. A year later they were touring the continent with
Sony Music D.J's Trip do Brasil and had released their 1st album Sem
Fronteiras on 33 Records.
Things really took off
with their explosive concert at London's Jazz Cafe for 'Brazilliance
'99, hosted by D.J/percussionist Snowboy.They have since played in
France, Switzerland, Spain, Costa Rica, Ireland and Brazil and their
music has reached the airwaves of Japan, the US, Germany, Italy, Sirius
and who knows where else?.
The 2nd album Posto
Nove was released on Baseline
records in 2000 and was voted one of Jazz f.M.'s top 10 fave's of 2001.
They are now on the verge of releasing the 3rd album Ouro
Batido - already out on PVine in Japan.
The latest exciting
remixes are High 'n Dry by the Future World
Funk posse and Snorre Seim; Sonhador on
Mountain Records, and Influencia do Jazz by EMI
D.J. Tatsuo Sunaga.
learned guitar at an early age in his home town of Liverpool.
After learning every Beatles song he then proceeded to learn
every song by Tom Jobim, approx. 600 total! He studied
composition at the RNCM and jazz in the school of life. He
was the house pianist at Manchester's Band on the Wall, playing
alongside Martin France, Stan Tracy and Don Weller.
He went on to produce albums for major record labels, written
film music, and played all over the World, before settling back
in the U.K. to lend his formidable musicianship, composing,
arranging and production skills to Sirius B.
has played music on every continent of the known world! She
studied violin and voice at the RNCM, but gave up a career as a
concert violinist to diversify into songwriting and singing
after hearing Milton on 'Native Dancer' and Flora on 'Stories to
tell', thus began her love affair with Brazilian music.
After several recording projects in London she moved to L.A.
Playing live in all the clubs (in between cocktail waitressing
in Mafia owned establishments) but just as she was about to sell
her soul was whisked off back to England on Route 66. Then
followed extensive tours of Europe which included television
appearances alongside Rachid Taha and Jamiroquai. After
relentless jam sessions on the continent with Brazilian
musicians and serious expeditions to Brazil her mysterious
affinity with it's music finally reached fruition and found a
vessel in Sirius B.
just returned from Brazil last year-his home for the last 12
years. He has played with the likes of Milton Nasciemento and
Trio Mocoto and is still one of the judges of Carnaval in Sao
Presently he's on a mission to teach the whole of Britian to
samba by the next world cup! So far he's on course with his many
workshops up and down the country in full carnaval regalia.
is the the "hardest working man in show business".He
studied flute and sax at the Guildhall, London. He's tall, dark
andůmysterious and plays 4 gigs a day. Where? He used to lead
the big band Ultrasound and is now a regular in the Keith
Tippett big band as well as fronting Detour, his own jazz
quintet. (When not playing he likes to watch horror films!)
came to the U.K. from New Zealand where he was studying bass at
The Christchurch Jazz Academy. His studies have included going
out on the town with the man Ron Carter in New York-several
drinks later he ended up in some seedy Harlem club that
consequently got raided by the N.Y.P.D. He keeps the band in
check and plays bass like a surdo.