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Brazil is key to band's sound

For their first Clearwater Jazz Holiday appearance, Chicago-based jazz band Som Brasil promises to serve up enticing melodies and rhythms from modern Brazilian music.

Som Brasil's main influences are new wave Brazilian composers such as Djavan, Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento. The samba is their main rhythm, and their melodies and harmonies borrow heavily from American jazz.

"I think of our music as being pretty energetic, pretty exciting," said Pete O'Neill, saxophone and flute player for the band.

The six-piece band includes three Brazilians and three Americans and has been active in the Chicago music scene since 1978. They make frequent club and festival appearances in the Chicago area, and they have released two recordings.

Vocalist Neusa Sauer, a native of Brazil, sings in Portuguese and English and is known for her rich, solid vocals.

SUNDAY

Som Brasil

at 5 p.m.

_ LAURA T. COFFEY

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