Samba Jazz night with Mario Bakuna Band

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Last Show: Thursday 30 th January 2020

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

With arrangements by Mario Bakuna and Giuliano Pereira, the band will re-read masters of samba jazz, such as: Emilio Santiago, Marcos Valle, Claudio Bertrami, Rique Pantoja, Toninho Horta, Johnny Alf, Edu Lobo and the 'forrozeiro' Dominguinhos. Samba jazz is a music language that emerged in Brazil, specifically in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, which mixes elements of samba and bebop. Music that is a fusion between jazz and Brazil's syncopated samba.


For this show Mario Bakuna will count on the presence of distinguished musicians. Edmundo Carneiro who has an international carrear and played alongside Baden Powell, Michel Legrand, Chucho Valdez, Rosinha de Valença, and the pianist Tania Maria for 26 years. Giuliano Pereira, saxophonist who studied with Dave Niebman in NYC and played with musicians such as Chico Medori (Medusa Band's drummer), Nelson Ayres, Sion, Jorge Pardo (flutist who played alongside Paco de Lucia), and the big bands Urbana, Brazuca and Zarabatana in São Paulo/Brazil. Dudu Penz, bassist based in Switzerland who played with Célia Cruz, Raul de Souza, Leny Andrade, Giovani Hidalgo, Isaac Delgado, Dave Valentin, and the sublime violinist Lula Galvão for many years. Uccio Gaeta, drummer who played for years alongside great masters of Brazilian instrumental music such as Sizão Machado, Arismar do Espirito Santo, just to name a few.

Mario Bakuna is a London-based Brazilian composer, singer and guitar player, with over fifteen years of professional experience. He is a graduate of the Free University of Music in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whilst there he studied with musicians such as: Olmir Stocker, Roberto Sion and Roberto Bomilcar (pianist who played with Frank Sinatra during his visit to Brazil).

His study focusses on Afro-Brazilian music, Samba, Jazz and Bossa Nova.

He travelled to Europe to expand his research, and since moving to London, he has been performing alongside musicians such as Jean Toussaint, Liam Noble, Roberto Manzin, Ricardo dos Santos, Edmundo Carneiro, Cacau Queiroz, Alain Jean Marie, and Filó Machado.

It will be a memorable night!

Band Lineup

Mario Bakuna (acoustic guitar/vocals)

Dudu Penz (bass)

Giuliano Pereira (saxophone) 

Uccio Gaeta (drums)

Edmundo Carneiro (percussion)