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Janet Grice

Proezas For Bassoon is bassoonist Janet Grice’s new album, with Paulo Siqueira on bassoon, saxophone, flute and percussion. Unique in its feature of 2 bassoons playing choro and Brazilian popular music, this exciting project includes original music and songs by Jobim, Pixinguinha and Edu Lobo.

Band members are percussionists Cyro Baptista, Mauricio Zottarelli, Daniel Silva and Phillip Gillette, with pianist Lee Tomboulian, and bassist Itaiguara Brandão.

Janet Grice is one of few to play Brazilian jazz on the bassoon. Born in Massachusetts, she’s lived in New York her adult years, but her musical soul resides in Rio de Janeiro. She began playing Brazilian music as a teen, and frequent trips to Brazil resulted in numerous recordings, gigs and teaching opportunities. With a doctoral dissertation in Brazilian bassoon music, she is an expert in both classical and popular music. Playing jazz bassoon led to gigs with Nana Vasconcelos, Paulo Moura, Don Cherry, Butch Morris and Karl Berger, and recordings with many jazz artists. She played in Brazil, Europe, and USA venues such as Casa de Choro, SOB’s, Boston’s Jazz Boat, Jazz Forum Arts, Lake George Jazz Festival and Celebrate Brooklyn. She leads Vento Trio, plays jazz with the Weekly Reeders, and classical music with the Chappaqua Orchestra and other ensembles. She recorded for Music Minus One, and produced 6 CDs of Brazilian and original music. A composer, arranger, and bandleader, she led improvisation workshops in Cuba, Brazil, and France, and is on the faculty of the Hoff Barthelson Music School. She taught at the Festival de Música de Londrina in Brazil, Lincoln Center Education and Fordham HS for the Arts in the Bronx.

Paulo Siqueira was born and raised in Brazil, where he played with many orchestras and artists, including Egberto Gismonti and Emilio Santiago. In addition to bassoon, he also plays saxophone, flute, guitar and drums. In the USA he played in freelance orchestras, and in jazz ensembles in churches and clubs such as the Blue Note, Jazz Forum Arts, and Columbus, GA venues where he currently lives. He earned a masters degree with a graduate fellowship in bassoon at Columbus State U. (GA), and a bachelor’s in music education from the University of Londrina. In addition to co-producing Proezas For Bassoon, he produced his own CD of original music for jazz big band, on Itunes:é-a-última-faixa/966971350