Mônica Vasconcelos

b. 13 November 1966, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Vasconcelos is a warm and expressive singer who began her musical career in her hometown’s clubs. In 1992, Vasconcelos moved to London, England, and continued singing. She also formed Nois, which means ‘Us, her backing band in 1994. She was joined by Ife Tolentino, a Brazilian guitarist, and several British jazz musicians, including keyboard player Steve Lodder (best-known for his work alongside Andy Sheppard), and trombonist Paul Nieman. Vasconcelos’ 1997 debut was a showcase of the ensemble’s Brazilian-inspired fusion of jazz and bossa. It also featured cover versions of songs by Djavan and Ivan Linns as well as original material. Noisdois’ 1999 sequel featured a wider range of styles, including jazzy ballads and Bahain music. There was even a rap. Vasconcelos started performing with Ingrid Laubrock (b. 1970, Stadtlohn (Germany); vocals/saxophone and Chris Wells in Nois4. Allmusic

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