Nu-jazz Brazilian artist Fabiana Passoni has a distinct sultry, voice and a fresh interpretive style. Her songs are a combination of jazz fusion with the older rhythms of Brazil such as bossa nova, baiao, and samba. Her intepretations are passionate, sensual and exciting. Her shows are a celebration of Brazilian life and culture; rich in percussion and expression. Fabiana recently won the 2012 Brazilian International Press Award for best Brazilian female singer living in the United States and was also selected as Talk 2 Brazil's 2012 Person of the Year.
In 2012 Fabiana was selected to perform in the hit musical Loving the Silent Tears. This performance along side other world famous singers and dancers before a sold out Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (6,600) was an evening to behold.
Fabiana's Dim The Lights (EP CD) was released on January 15th, 2013. Focusing on 7 popular cover songs from the 70's & 80's, Fabiana used her unique, heartfelt interpretations and sensual voice woven in a gambit of Brazilian rhythms. These “remakes” in bossa nova, baião, and samba embraced a broad range of American/English styles and rhythms.
Her next release, Let Your Love Rise (EP) was released on June 5th, 2014. It featured her first jazz original with english lyrics; Let Your Love Rise. The 'flip side' is a bossa version of the James Brown hit I Feel Good. A final bonus track on the EP is a refreshing remake of the 1974 hit Jazzman. Let Your Love Rise spent over 14 weeks in the Smooth Jazz Independent Top 40 chart.
Fabiana's latest EP, Inner Bossa (EP) U.S. national radio release and promo campaign began May 15, 2015. Inner Bossa remained in the SmoothJazz Top 50 chart for 24 consecutive weeks & 18 weeks on the RadioWave Internet Top 100 Smooth Jazz Chart.
Fabiana is available for Private Parties, Night Clubs, Showcases & Festivals as a Trio, Quartet, 5-piece Brazilian Band (with or without Backing Vocals) or full 11-piece Brazilian Ensemble.
- E Minha Vez CD - 2007 (10 tracks)
- Across The Globe (Native Vibe) CD - 2008 (4 tracks - guest artist)
- Naturalmente Brasil CD/LP - 2011 (12 tracks)
- Lovin' You (Single) Download - 2012
- Rock With You (Single) Download - 2012
- Dim The Lights (EP) - 2013 (7 tracks)
- Let Your Love Rise (EP) - 2014 (4 tracks)
- Inner Bossa (EP) - 2015 (5 tracks)
- Presente Vivo (single) Download - 2016 w/ Rodrigo Augusto
- Darlin' (single) Download - 2016
- All You Need Is Love (single) Download - 2016
Who doesn’t love Brazilian music? Fabiana Passoni is an award-winning Brazilian vocalist with a compelling life story (she battled breast cancer for three years) who is recognized in her native country and has now released her first English-language project, the appropriately named DIM THE LIGHTS. Passoni has a sensual voice similar to the great Astrud Gilberto, which she displays on seven diverse, well-known classics. What a selection! You’ve heard them all in a different context – here, Passoni gives each a soft and lilting Bossa Nova touch with bouncing percussion. Like the best cover songs, Passoni’s retain the feel of the original but are presented in a new light. “Lovin’ You” features a new chorus (“La-la-la-la-la, you’re beautiful”) and a sweet acoustic guitar solo. “Lovely Day,” a Smooth Jazz favorite, is hushed and jazzy, with amazing, extended organ and guitar solos. And the Carpenters’ “Close to You” feels just right with sweet and simple strings backing Passoni’s husky, sexy vocals. Want more? There’s also “Rock With You,” “Magic,” “You’ll Never Find” and “Ain’t Nobody.” Romance is sure to heat up with DIM THE LIGHTS! ~BRIAN SOERGEL smoothjazz.com
Inner Bossa Independent
With a sensual, romantic vibe driven by her distinctive sultry vocals and fresh interpretive style, Fabiana Passoni won the 2012 Brazilian International Press Award for Best Brazilian singer living in the U.S. and was also selected as Talk 2 Brazil’s 2012 Person of The Year. On her highly anticipated new EP INNER BOSSA, the beautiful and charismatic songstress offers a sweet, intimate seduction via a blend of clever covers and soul-drenched originals. The collection includes graceful, dreamy takes on Aretha Franklin’s classic “Daydreaming” and Spandau Ballet’s classic 80’s ballad “True,” in addition to the lovely, self-penned, whispery ballad “Remember My Name” and easily rhythmic “Mouvance.” There’s no better way to connect with your INNER BOSSA than through the music of Fabiana Passoni! ~JONATHAN WIDRAN smoothjazz.com 2015
FABIANA PASSONI - Naturalmente Brasil
"Naturalmente Brasil is a genuine meaningful hymn to life performed by a singer whose vocal qualities are backed by an artistic sincerity that reaches to your heart from the first song. She sings from the heart about hope, dreams, love, the everyday life without any artificiality, combining soft bossa-novas and velvet sambas with swing, electronics, flamenco and pop." jazzworldquest 2011
"This is only Fabiana Passoni's second solo album, but to her it's a new beginning. After her 2007 debut É Minha Vez (It's My Turn), a lot happened in Fabiana's life. A cancer survivor, Fabiana knows what living is, and in Naturalmente Brasil she sings about "getting back up again and fighting for life and living happily." Naturalmente Brasil is a journey of Fabiana's come back."
I have been a fan of Fabiana's music for a few years now. I have her other two albums in Portuguese, Naturalmente and É Minha Vez. She just gets better with each new cd. This new ep is sung in English with a new spin on some smooth jazz. She and her band have made these classic covers even smoother with Brazilian rhythms and Fabi's sultry voice. Her Brazilian accent is alluring. My current favorite on the ep is "Ain't Nobody". All the songs are well crafted and Fabiana so makes them hers. Make a caipirinha (com cachaça!), relax, have a listen, "Dim the Lights" and be reminded of a lovely warm night in Brazil.
MARCEL CAMARGO (guitars): Native of Sao Paulo, Marcel comes from an extended family rich in musical tradition. He earned his B.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA studying under such jazz greats as Kenny Burrell, Billy Higgins, Harold Land, Geraldy and Anthony Wilson. His main jobs as a sideman playing guitar and singing back up vocals for Michael Bublé, Sérgio Mendes, Bebel Gilberto, Airto Moreira, and the list goes on and on. As an educator, Marcel lectures on a variety of musical subjects and has taught at institutions and universities in California and New York
MIKE SHAPIRO (drums, percussion): Mike’s professional career began with Airto and Flora Purim in 1986. Within the next two years, they toured the world and recorded several albums. In 1988 he met Sergio Mendes. This started a long musical friendship that continues today. They have toured and recorded many albums together including 1993's Grammy-winning "Brasileiro" and 2006's Latin Grammy-winning "Timeless." He has played and recorded with Dori Caymmi, Milton Nascimento, Oscar Castro-Neves, Caetano Veloso, Ivan Lins, Toninho Horta, Nana Caymmi and Eliane Elias. Mike is a prolific man of invention. He shows up everywhere on the music genre radar, performing with famous Brazilian artists and doing everything from jazz to rock to pop. He has worked with some of the most important people of our time and continues to re-invent himself.
HUSSAIN JIFFRY (bass): Since arriving in California from his native land of Sri Lanka (via Europe), Hussain has become one of the most sought-after bassist in Los Angeles. His in-the-pocket feel and versatility has kept his phone ringing the past nineteen years. Born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Hussain grew up surrounded by the richly varied traditional music of his country, but also listened constantly to pop, jazz, & R&B that was played over the radio. He teaches at the LA Music Academy and continues to record or tour with such artists as Sergio Mendes, Yanni, The Al McKay All Stars, and a long list of others.
GIBI (percussion): Marco Dos Santos Aka “Gibi” was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, which is the center of all Afro-Brazilian culture. Gibi regularly performs with groups and artist such as Airto Moreira, Afro Brazil, and Vivir Brazil Dance Company all over the world. He currently tours with Sergio Mendes all over the world as a percussionist and has contributed in his last three albums (Timeless, Bom Tempo, and Encanto). He has worked with great artists such as Kayne West, Enrique Iglesias, Luis Conte, Giovanni Hidalgo as well as Lorenzo Jovanotti. Gibi participated as a percussionist in the sound tracks for the movie RIO and the video game Angry Birds.
JAMIESON TROTTER (keyboards): Keyboardist, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer - Jamieson's love of jazz, Cuban/Brazilian music, pop music and old school Soul certainly can be seen in his lively performances. "Jamo" initially studied at Calfornnia Institute of the Arts where he was able to learn from the great bass player Charlie Haden. His most recent CD One Time out of Ten is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Jamieson's musical talents have also spilled over succesfully into radio/TV commercials, theatrical scoring and all aspects of music production.
SCOTT MAYO (saxophone(s), flute): Scott is an acclaimed saxophonist, flutist, singer, composer and Grammy® nominated producer and musician. He is known for his versatile style and ability move freely within any musical genre from pop, R&B, rock, jazz, classical to hip hop. As LA Weekly referred to him, "Cool's being redefined here." For more than 20 years, Scott has been a multi-instrumentalist working with legendary artists including Earth Wind & Fire, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Sergio Mendes, Luther Vandross, Cee-Lo Green, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Ice Cube, Michael Bolton, Jennifer Hudson and Brazilian guitarist, Dori Caymmi.
HORNS: Fabiana has recorded or performed with horn players Scott Mayo (saxophone/flute), Gary Meek (saxophone), Robert Kyle (saxophone/flute), Lee Thornburg (Trumpet), Jamelle Williams (Trumpete & Flugelhorn), Francisco Torres (Trombone), Andrew Lippman (Trombone), and the Hornheads (Michael Nelson, Steve Strand, Dave Jensen, Kenni Holmen, & Kathy Jensen).
I am also part of a wonderful trio with Stephanie Ozer (keyboard) and Ami Molinelli (percussion) called As Três Meninas. We are three bandleaders who have come together to form this special group performing Bossa Nova, Samba, & Brazilian Jazz. Tomoko Funaki (bass) also joins us as a 4th menina at some of our shows.