The Jazzcat

Airto Moreira featuring Flora Purim at Catalinas for 2 more nights!!

by on Jun.26, 2004, under News



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Airto, a one man, all inclusive, percussive instrument. When he plays you hear a tribe, the wind and the sounds of Africa and Brazillia. I strolled in when Airto

was on the stage solo but, you certainly could not tell that from what

you heard. I have seen him perform this part of his show with just him

and his tambourine many times and it is still just as fascinating.


The band comes back to the stage and they are joined by Deanna, Airto and Flora’s daughter. She sings and sounds just like her mom at that age but, of course she has her own “Eyedentity”!


The music emanates the power of Samba, Brazil, Sao Paulo and beautiful legs of Brazilian women that dance to the music all night long and never stop, ever!

Airto leads the band with lightning speed and every instrument on the stage explodes with percussive wonder.


During the break I hung out with Deanna and Krishna. They hooked me up with their new CD call “3rd Eydentity” from their band Eydentity! This disc features players like Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and Rashid Duke as well as many other fabulous players.

We spent most of the

time talking about the music, the audience and the state of Jazz music.

The question is “Why aren’t people coming out to support live jazz

music?” It is one of the most wonderful art forms on the planet and for

years, almost for its entire existence, the jazz audience gets smaller

and smaller. This is a labor of love and it cannot exist without you

love and support!


During the second set, Airto moves from drums to percussion

and he summons the spirits of music and love with shouts and chants and

a cavalcade of musical sounds ranging from whistles and cowbells to

hoses and shoe boxes. This is a family affair of rhythm, rap,

synthesizers, electric bass and guitar with a touch of Portuguese which

leads to a dynamically melodic and beautifully hip piece of music.

Compositions that you are for sure not going to hear anywhere else.

Rockin’, rollin’, livin’ for the rhythm and dying for the rhyme!


Flora sang “Windows” which is only one of Chick Corea’s tunes that she sings so beautifully. Catch this band tonight at the new Catalina Bar and Grill on Sunset in the heart of Hollywood! Support the music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


LeRoy Downs

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