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Nicola Son

Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim enchanted the world when his composition, “The Girl From Ipanema” introduced most of us to bossa nova – the new Brazilian jazz. The child of samba, bossa nova had an immense and lasting impact. Stan Getz, for one, had his career jet-propelled by it. Excited by the new sound he teamed with Jobim and another Brazilian, the guitarist and vocalist Joao Gilberto on “Getz/Gilberto” to make one of the biggest selling jazz albums of all time.

Among the many millions introduced to the seductive sounds and rhythm of bossa nova, was a young Frenchman, like Charles Aznavour a Parisian of Armenian descent. Nicola Son was a teenager when he heard one track on that landmark album, Gilberto’s mesmeric and intimate Ligia. It literally changed his life.

Nicola flew to Rio de Janeiro to immerse himself in bossa nova music and the ambience of Brazil. In 2010, in Lapa, the cradle of samba, he recorded his first album, “Parioca”, and the following year recorded his second, “Nord Destin”, in Rio.

Now settled in Sao Paulo, Nicola is touring internationally, and performing at Bird’s promoting his new Ep, “42,“ four songs he co-wrote in Portuguese, each recorded in a different Brazilian city, but all with that sensuous sound that first captivated Nicola Son.

WELCOME NEW YEAR 2019 WITH AUSTEN TAYSHUS AND GRAND WAZOO

New Year’s Eve. Austen Tayshus. The Grand Wazoo Kings of Soul. Put ‘em together and … let the good times roll!

Performing over 10,000 shows around the world, Austen Tayshus is an Australian comedy legend. Graduating from AFTRS with a diploma in Film Direction in 1978, Austen commenced his stand up career in Sydney’s first Comedy Store. In 1983, Tayshus debuted the spoken word comedy single Australiana that still remains the biggest selling Australian single of all time. After writing his own book, song, appearing in high profile films and winning best film and actor at Tropfest Short Film Festival in 1998, Tayshus still has more laughs to give Australia.

 

When John Montesante created Grand Wazoo in St. Kilda 37 years ago it’s a good bet he had that combo in mind. Because Grand Wazoo, under Montesane’s musical direction, brings New Year’s Eve with it every time it plays. Big, bold and brassy are three words always used when it comes to this 13-piece Soul Band. Other words that crop up in their reviews include, unrivalled, institution and legend.

This New Year’s Eve their playlist is dedicated to The Magic of Motown and More. That means Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, the Jackson 5, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson.

And the More? Try Ray Charles, Etta James and co. Sounds good? Sounds like an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at Bird’s.

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