The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

Musician's Corner: Daniela Soledade's Pretty World

Air Date: 6/11/2023 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET


Whenever I listened to the lyrics of Michael Franks' song Down in Brazil, I would think to myself "Is that really what it is like down in Brazil?"  

It takes a day to walk a mile
Time just stands still

An image becomes clear. It's hot, sunny, the streets are bustling - we're near the beach of course. 

When the people you meet look at you they smile

So I was curious and excited to have Brazilian rising star Daniela Soledade join me for the next edition of Musician's Corner, to talk about this song and to listen to her version of it.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Ms. Soledade’s family roots are steeped in bossa nova’s inception. Her grandfather, Paulo Soledade composed popular song with renowned bossa nova founders Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho, Baden Powell, Fernando Lobo, and others.  

So, never having been there myself, here is someone who can definitively answer that question - is that really what it is like down in Brazil?


Maybe Michael Franks was simply taking artistic liberty, to paint an image in your mind's eye of a mythical, magical place that only exists in song. Both versions, the original by Michael Franks and the latest by Daniela Soledade, were recorded in her hometown, Rio. There's a bit of a story behind that. And she'll answer this question definitively for us!

 Tune in between 10am-11am ET 

to hear this edition of Musician's Corner.

The album Pretty World, only her second, includes collaboration with international artists Antonio Adolfo and Roberto Menescal. The title track Pretty World was written by Mr. Adolfo, and he makes a special appearance on this song.

In addition, Ms. Soledade wrote the lyrics for Mr. Menescal's melody Como É Gostoso Sonhar (It’s So Good To Dream). She will also talk about how this song came about, and we'll listen to this one as well.

If you love Brazilian jazz, you will not want to miss this edition of Musician's Corner.

You know what - even if you love any kind of jazz, you will enjoy it!



HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Noah Haidu\Standards 2023\Last Dance I
Tim Lin\Empathy 2023\I Wish I Knew
Ken Fowser\Resolution 2023\Vanishing City
Buster Williams\Unalome 2023\Here's To Life

Cassandra Wilson-Glamoured-12 Throw It Away 2003
Cyrus Chestnut-My Father's Hands 2022-09 But Beautiful
Claudio Roditi-Claudio Roditi - Metrople Orchestra-09 Blue Narcissus 1996
Cece Gable-Next Year's Song 2022-07 The Last Goodbye

Bill Cunliffe Trio\Border Widow;s Lament 2023\Standing By the Window Waving
Mike Melito\To Swing is The Thing 2023\Ruby My Dear
John Bailey-Time Bandits 2023-09 Lullaby

HOUR TWO: New For You

Noah Haidu\Standards 2023\Someday My Prince Will Come
Anthony E Nelson Jr\Swinging Sunset 2023\On A Misty Night
Mike Melito\To Swing is The Thing 2023\Blue Key

Ken Fowser\Resolution 2023\When It's All Over
Joe Locascio\November The Music of Phil Gurlik 2023\The Goodbye Place
Buster Williams\Unalome 2023\Tayamisha
Mason Razavi\Six String Standards 2023\I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry

Nicholas Payton\Couch Sessions 2023\Along Came Betty
Lucy Wijnands & John Di Martino-Call Me Irresponsible 2022-03 Suddenly It's Spring
John Bailey-Time Bandits 2023-09 Lullaby
Rachael and Vilray-I Love a Love Song 2023-09 A love Song Played Slow
Julian Lage-Squint -01 Etude

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Musician's Corner: Daniela Soledade\Pretty World 2022\Como E Gostoso Sonhar
Musician's Corner: Daniela Soledade\Pretty World 2022\Down in Brazil
Michael Franks\Rendevous In Rio\Under the Sun (2006)

Eliane Elias-Quietude 2022-03 Bahia Com H (Bahia With H)
João Gilberto-João-10 Sampa 1991
John Pizzarelli-Bossa Nova-13 Soares Samba 2004
Karrin Allyson-Imagina- Songs of Brazil-06 Estrada Branca (This Happy Madness) 2008

Sergio Pereira\Finesse 2022\Let it Out
Sergio Mendes-Celebration- A Musical Journey (Disc 2)-14 Só Tinha De Ser Com's Você 2011
Antonio Adolfo-Bossa 65 2023-09 Nos E O Mar (We and the Sea)
Brazilian Trio-Forests-09 Flying Over Rio 2008

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Najee\Savoir Faire 2022\Savoir Faire
Hil St. Soul\Back in Love 2022\
Incognito-In Search of Better Days-05 Love's Revival 2016

Jazz Funk Soul\Forecast 2022\05 - Bouncing Back
Lindsey Webster\Reasons 2022\Twin Flame
Courtney Freed\Big Crazy Love 2022\Take Your Time
Vincent Ingala\Fire And Desire \02 Could This Be Real
Ray Obiedo\Latin Jazz Project Vol 2 2\0217\ Viva Tirado

Euge Groove-Born 2 Groove-05 Born 2 Groove (2007)
Zoe Scott\Shades of Love  2021\My Cherie Amour
Richard Elliot\Authentic Life 2021\Move Ahead feat Rick Braun
The Jazz Crusaders-Happy Again-02 When You're So Far Away 1995




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