Luiz Simas 70th Birthday Celebration Thursday, February 8th 6pm at Birdland

Rio-born Brazilian jazz composer/singer/pianist Luiz Simas is a genuine Carioca ( a native of Rio)! Living in New York since '89, he has led original groups in jazz festivals and clubs in the US, Europe and Brazil. Luiz's voice and music have warmed many major venues including Birdland, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Iridium in New York, Gamle Logen Hall in Oslo, the Pheasantry in London, the Phillarmonia Hall in Odessa and Sala Cecilia Meirelles in Rio. His CDs include Cafune, Impromptu, Luiz Simas Live in NYC, New Chorinhos from Brazil, Recipe for Rhythm and Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Piano Suite.

Luiz' piano playing has been described as "gorgeous, sparkling, virtuosic" and "sassy, clear, vibrant, yet understated" (Titus Levi, Keyboard Magazine).

"Luiz Simas is not only a wonderful musician, singer and composer, he is an engaging performer who draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world. Simas epitomizes the fantasies we non-Brazilians have about that wonderful country, and with him we all get to be Brazilian, at least for the a couple hours! - Judy Carmichael, pianist

Luiz Simas 70th Birthday Celebration
Thursday, February 8th 6pm
315 West 44th St
New York, NY 10036

Band line-up:
Luiz Simas (piano/vocals)
Itaiguara (bass)
Wesley Amorim (guitar)
Mauricio Zottarelli (drums)
Joe Deninzon (violin)
Paul Lieberman (sax/flute)

Special guests:
Kenia (vocals)
Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica)
Nanny Assis (percussion/vocals)
Urbano Sanchez (percussion)
Sue Maskaleris (vocals)
Marilynn Mair (mandolin)
Kerry Linder (vocals)
Julia Haughton (vocals)
Eliane Amherd (vocals) and others…

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