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Natalie's Celebrating Brazilian Independence Day with Maggie Green & Canta Brasil

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by Mark Subel on September 3, 2013

Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music, located at 5601 N. High Street in Worthington, is announcing a special weekend of outstanding Brazilian jazz music in honor of Brazilian Independence Day on Saturday, September 7. To help celebrate Brazilian culture and music, Natalie’s will be serving Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, a Yuca appetizer, and a special Acai dessert.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday, September 6 will be a concert with Canta BRASIL, a 7-piece ensemble with a very unique group of talented musicians and singers that all have a passion for the Brazilian jazz fusion sounds.  This group performs popular tunes by famous Brazilian composers such as Djavan, Chico Pinheiro, Ivan Lins,  and Egberto Gismonte.

On Saturday, September 7, Natalie’s will present outstanding jazz vocalist Maggie Green, with her soft yet rhythmic interpretations of bossa nova and samba, sung in masterful Portuguese.

Both concerts will begin at 10 pm, and admission is only $5.  Advance tickets and reservations can be obtained online at Natalie’s website, www.nataliescoalfiredpizza, or by calling 614-436-2625.

Canta BRASIL is a 7-piece ensemble with a very unique group of talented musicians and singers that all have a passion for the Brazilian jazz fusion sounds.  This group performs popular tunes by famous Brazilian composers such as Djavan, Chico Pinheiro, Ivan Lins, Egberto Gismonte and also performs American style compositions such as George Duke, Brazilian Love Affair and Chick Corea 500 Miles High.  Danny Aguiar, native Brazilian drummer and founder of Canta BRASIL, moved to Columbus in 2004 and quickly started to perform with some of the best musicians in town.  He started working on his own CD entitled “Fim Do Ciclo”, meaning “End of Cycle” which was released spring of 2012.   Canta BRASIL is made up of Danny Aguiar, Erik Augis, Stan Smith, Brett Allen, Jeff Bass, Kris Keith, and Tia Harris-Roseboro.

Canta Brasil ColumbusVocalist Maggie Green’s self-titled album of Brazilian music conveys a longing for the endless beaches and samba rhythms of Rio de Janeiro.  With her soft yet rhythmic interpretations of bossa nova and samba, sung in masterful Portuguese, the brilliant waters seem but a heartbeat away.  This may sound like a stretch for a girl who grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but for Maggie, it was just a natural progression.

While at the Berklee College of Music, Maggie honed her jazz skills and began to delve into Brazilian music. In 2000, she moved to Columbus and began establishing herself as a vocal artist and began to make appearances outside of Ohio, performing at festivals and clubs from Massachusetts to California.

As an educator, Maggie has served on the jazz faculty at Capital University and is currently on the faculty at Otterbein University.  She has presented vocal workshops at various schools and universities throughout the United States, including the Antonio Adolfo School of Music in Hollywood, Florida.

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