Samba Meets Jazz on stage

BAR HARBOR — Samba Meets Jazz, directed by bassist and composer Nilson Matta, will run at the Criterion Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The show features several 2016 faculty members of the Samba Meets Jazz Workshops.

Matta has been hailed as the “modern master of contemporary Brazilian music” by “Downbeat Magazine” and is considered one of the greatest bass players in the world. Nilson’s mastery of the instrument and unique sound has earned him a reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after players. Nilson recorded “Obrigado Brazil,” “Live in Concert: Carnegie Hall” and “Yo Yo Ma & Friends,” all of which were Grammy winners.

Throughout his long career, Matta has shared his passion for and expertise in Brazilian music, not only with audiences but with aspiring musicians and hobbyists. He is the music and artist director of Samba Meets Jazz Workshops’ weeklong programs in Bar Harbor, New York City, Rio de Janeiro and Europe.

This year, Matta will be joined by saxophonist Harry Allen, Grammy award-winner pianist-arranger Carlos Franzetti, guitarist Paul Bollenback, trombonist Jay Ashby and percussionist/drummer Fernando Saci.

The concert is the culmination and celebration of the week of Bar Harbor workshops where participants learn from these leaders in jazz, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban styles. Registration for the workshops is still open.

For information about Samba Meets Jazz Workshops in Bar Harbor, call 917-620-8872.

For tickets, visit or call 288-0829.



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