Jazz Beyond Borders will present Brazilian vocalist Daniela Soledade and guitarist Nate Najar on Sunday, August 15, in the Jazz at the Mezz performance series in the courtyard and gardens of Cafe Mezzanotte in Severna Park.
Downbeat Magazine calls Daniela a “master of classic samba and bossa nova.” Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, she grew up in a family of musicians with a direct line to the origins of bossa nova. Her grandfather was Paulo Soledade, who composed songs with legendary Brazilian artists Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho and Baden Powell. Her father, Paulinho Soledade, is an artist and producer who learned guitar from Baden Powell and worked with Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil.
As a child, Daniela participated in studio recordings for Brazilian artists such as Xuxa and the band Oxgênios. At age 14, she placed first in the entrance exam to attend the prestigious music conservatory Villa Lobos. In 2003, she settled in the U.S. where she maintains an active performing schedule. Her debut album, “A Moment of You,” was released in 2019 on Blue Line Music Records. The “Love and Bossa Nova” program was introduced by Daniela with Najar in 2020.
Najar uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess — not many artists play acoustic classical guitar with right-hand classical technique, yet it is the perfect choice for Najar’s comprehensive approach. Not restricted to single notes or chords, he seamlessly weaves melody, harmony and rhythmic freedom. The result is music that is swinging, emotional, inventive and interesting.
Najar’s latest album, “Under Paris Skies,” was released in 2018 on Woodward Avenue Records. Rick Andersen of All Music Guide called him "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene." Becky Byrd, wife of late and beloved guitarist Charlie Byrd, said, "There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie's soul in Nate's mind, heart and fingers.”
Cafe Mezzanotte offers a spacious setting and wide selection of wine and Mediterranean cuisine. Ingredients are harvested from the restaurant’s garden, a testimony to a commitment to using fresh, organic, locally grown produce.
Cafe Mezzanotte is located at 760 Ritchie Highway. Parking is free and plentiful. Seating for the dinner show is from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Concert tickets are $25 and available from InstantSeats at instnt.us/f5a6h.