At the forefront of the resurgent bossa nova scene in the U.S., trumpeter/singer/songwriter Michel Navedo is known for his distinctive, alluring vocal tone and immediately recognizable instrumental style, combining elements of his Puerto Rican heritage in equal parts with the rich musical influences of his New Orleans upbringing.
On trumpet, Navedo evokes a warm, dark, soulful sound influenced equally by jazz greats such as Miles Davis, as by the masters of Cuban and Puerto Rican music. As songwriter, Navedo combines his love of Brazilian, Caribbean music and Jazz, with his skills as lyricist to create songs in English, Spanish and Portuguese. His inventiveness in mixing rhythm, harmony, and language truly sets his original compositions apart.
Navedo’s latest album, BOSSA, scheduled for release August 2015, finds the artist wearing many hats- as singer, trumpeter, composer, and producer. His debut release as band leader, BOSSA is the result of a decades long love affair with Brazilian music and the great songwriters of the Bossa Nova era. The release features five classic love songs, spotlighting Navedo’s skills as interpreter, composer, and producer. Indeed, BOSSA’s seductive rhythms, and eloquent jazz harmonies, accentuated by a stellar rhythm section and Navedo’s own lush tones and captivating performances, proves why he is truly an artist beyond category.