Combining jazz guitar with Brazilian leanings, percussion beats of a universal nature and American blues harmonica with vocals in the original Portuguese of classic samba and bossa music, Bossa Azul invents a sound both “playful and sophisticated,” creating an acoustic/electric blend of inter-hemispheric influences that comes across as simultaneously familiar and distinctive. Translated from Brazilian, the band name means “blue bossa nova” and well describes the intent and form of the tantalizing and tasteful trio of Julie Hulvey (guitar, vocals), Mark Russillo (harmonica, vocals) and Gordon Carvalho (percussion). Over two years ago when Julie overheard Mark singing “The Girl from Ipanema” in Portuguese during a Frank Parker Jambalaya Jam at the Brewhaus, the two became friends as fans of Brazilian music and talked of starting a group. In January of 2012 Bossa Azul came into existence with Gordon joining a few months later. Since then they’ve played a couple Third Thursday Art Shows (the next one is Jan. 17 at Donnie’s Homespun) and the Animal Protective League’s Paws and Power fundraiser last September.
Friday, Jan. 4, 8pm