Brazil has no better emissary in the Windy City than singer-guitarist Paulinho Garcia. For more than 30 years, this native of Belo Horizonte, located in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, has waved the flag of his homeland here through sensitive, richly melodic performances of its music. Frequently in tandem with Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik, he has mixed bossa nova classics with original songs that draw on his experiences in Chicago. Since recording his affecting 2009 retrospective, My Very Life, Garcia has branched out into other Brazilian styles including baio and choro.
Garcia’s 2008 Millennium Park concert “50 Years of Bossa Nova,” featuring celebrated Brazilian pianist João Donato, was attended by 12,000 people. Today, 50 year after the release of the classic album, Getz/Gilberto, which paired saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist João Gilberto, Garcia will make an infrequent appearance with his quintet, including Getz-influenced saxophonist (and flutist) Greg Fishman, bassist Brett Benteler and percussionists Geraldo de Oliveira and Heitor Garcia.