Maria Mendes

Maria Mendes

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Grammy 2021 & Latin Grammy 2020 nominee jazz vocalist Maria Mendes’s talents have been praised by musical legends such as Quincy Jones and Hermeto Pascoal. In recent years, she has completed several successful tours with performances all over the world, including the prestigious Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Blue Note Jazz Club (New York) and the North Sea and Montreux Jazz festivals. For her latest album CLOSE TO ME, she explores a completely different genre, Fado from her native Portugal. “A symphonic Jazz approach to Fado”, is how the singer-songwriter Mendes describes it. Backing her every step of the way is the famous multi Grammy award-winner Metropole Orkest (the world’s leading Jazz symphonic orchestra) led by conductor, Grammy award-nominated Jazz pianist and composer John Beasley, who not only produced the album, but also played the keyboards and wrote the orchestrations. On December 2020, Close To Me won the EDISON music award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, the most prestigious music award in the Netherlands.

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