The first concert in a monthly series of world-class jazz concerts presented by Jazzstock will kick off in Woodstock this Saturday, December 5 with vocalist Maucha Adnet and the Brazilian Trio. Adnet performed with the influential musician and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim throughout the last ten years of his life, and he called her voice “deep, rich, mysterious. It makes me long for the Brazilian forest…a great artist.” He was right. Adnet’s lush, strong, sultry voice on her most recent duo release, Milagre (Zoho Music, 2013), provides richly emotive counterpoint for pianist Helio Alves’ elegant mastery and tasteful phrasings.
“I learned so many things from all those rehearsals and performances with Jobim, but we were also good friends, like family,” says Adnet. “He had an amazing sense of song – and of the pause – and it’s one of the things I keep learning. Making the song not busy, the simpler the better: You have to look for that. And simple doesn’t mean easy. You only get there with experience, with time.”
On this night in Woodstock, Adnet will share the stage with Alves, Nilson Matta on bass and Duduka da Fonseca on drums. Alves, Matta and da Fonseca captured a Grammy for “Best Latin Jazz Album” for their first Brazilian Trio recording, Forests (Zoho, 2009), and their follow-up CD, Constelação (Motema Music, 2012), was also well-received.
“These three guys have been playing together for 15 years or more,” says Adnet, “and they have a beautiful chemistry together. I love making music with them. They make it almost easy to sing. It’s so great having them as my bed…I can just lie back and go with the flow. For me, it’s always about having fun with the dynamics and with the pause, going back to what I said about Jobim. Now that I have my white hairs, I try to enjoy every note. When we play, we’re always putting the music first, and not focusing on solos, on egos; we’re all cooperating for the music.
“I learned so many life lessons from Jobim, and you keep learning, like therapy sessions: You learn how to keep going on your own, and how to include and apply all you learned. And then you learn how to apply everything in the right place and at the right time for you. There’s so much war and so many bad things going on in the world now, and I say, ‘Be kind, do things kindly and your music will sound better. Put joy into what you do when you’re performing.’”
Jazzstock, an ongoing concert series created in 2011 by jazz artists Teri Roiger and John Menegon, will present the Joey Alexander Trio on January 30. For more information, visit www.jazzstock.com.
Jazzstock presents Maucha Adnet & the Brazilian Trio, Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., $21.49-$31.74, Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock; (845) 802-0029, ulsterpub.staging.wpenginecommunitycenter.org, www.jazzstock.com.