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Nailor “Proveta” Azevedo 

When: Sun., May 30, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $25-$40

Latin jazz with Brazilian flair
A native and resident of the city of Leme, Brazil (a municipality in the state of São Paulo), clarinetist and saxophonist Nailor Proveta (a.k.a. Nailor Azevedo) may be best known among jazz fans as a member of Banda Mantiqueira, a zesty Latin jazz ensemble that was nominated for a Grammy in 1998. Back home, he's celebrated as something of a folk artist, sax master, and musical mentor. He arrives in Charleston with his recently assembled quintet.

He has a velvety tone
Smooth and dynamic, Proveta's refined playing style is impressive. He tends to blend traditional American jazz styles with traditional Brazilian choro and samba, Mediterranean folk, and standard classical work. His versatility allows for great melodic invention.

Proveta is a funny nickname
Some American jazz fans may be hip to his music already, but few know the story behind Proveta's amusing nickname. It refers to the test tube from which (supposedly) Azevedo was conceived as one of the first "test tube babies" in Brazil.

— T. Ballard Lesemann



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