The band Vintage Brasil (spelt with "s", the Brazilian way)is a groove-based project that fuses the country's energetic upbeat dance styles with jazz to celebrate Brazil's rich musical diversity and the Great Brazilian Songbook.
The album "Vintage Brasil" (2011) explores this diversity with a wide range of styles from samba and bossa nova to baião and xote, and includes songs from the likes of Joyce, Itamar Assumpção, Ivan Lins and Luiz Gonzaga, among others.
The sound is classic 70's Brazil, with a 21st century twist.
After a residency at London’s renowned Vortex jazz club,, the band played a string of Summer festivals in 2010, including The City of London Festival, Bury St Edmunds Jazz Festival and Coventry Jazz Festival.
"Vintage Brasil" features Mônica Vasconcelos on vocals, Andrés Lafone on bass, Steve Lodder on keyboards, Guille Hill on guitar and Marius Rodrigues on drums.
Hih (as in 'feeling high') create a deep blend of jazz and Brazilian music.
The band's repertoire combines original material plus classics from some of Brazil's greatest composers. Hih's debut album, "Hih" (2008), also features songs written in collaboration with the legendary British musician Robert Wyatt and his wife, lyricist Alfie Benge.
The album received great critical acclaim from the broadsheet press and magazines such as Mojo and Songlines.
The band has played major festivals, including Womad, The Sage International Jazz Festival and Southport International Jazz Festival.
"Hih" features Mônica Vasconcelos on vocals, Steve Lodder on piano and keys, Dudley Phillips on accoustic and electric bass and Adriano Adewale on percussion, plus guests Robert Wyatt on vocals, Ingrid Laubrock on sax and Ricardo Mosca and Dudu Fonseca on drums.