Line-up: DANIELA SOLEDADE vocals; NATE NAJAR guitar; PATRICK BETTISON Rhodes; CALUM GOURLEY bass & MATT HOME drums
Daniela Soledade is a rising star among legends in the Brazilian music scene. An heir to the throne of bossa nova, Soledade is highly acclaimed for her poignantly expressive vocal style and hyper-intimate aesthetic. Drawing from an amalgamation of authentic bossa nova, samba, MPB, and American Popular Song, Soledade is the new sound of Bossa Nova.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Soledade’s family roots are steeped in Bossa Nova’s inception. Her grandfather, Paulo Soledade composed popular song with renowned Bossa Nova founders Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho, Baden Powell, Fernando Lobo, and others.
During 2020 Soledade teamed up with guitarist and producer Nate Najar to livestream a weekly duo concert series entitled “Love & Bossa Nova.” Running for over a year, the series was featured by JazzTimes hailing both Soledade’s “exquisite vocals” and Najar’s “masterful” guitar playing.
Nate Najar is one of the few guitarists playing jazz on the classical guitar. A Florida native, Nate studied guitar with noted Washington, DC guitarist Frank Mullen, who helped develop his pianistic, lightly swinging guitar style. Najar has performed with many jazz greats including Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen and Kenny Drew Jr, and has had an ongoing musical partnership with Ellington alum, bassist John Lamb. In 2008, Nate was selected by Dr. Billy Taylor to represent Charlie Byrd in a 10 day festival at the Kennedy Center celebrating the history of jazz in Washington, DC.
Rick Andersen of the All Music Guide called Nate "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene."