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Sambeleza – Sat., Jul. 30 @ 5:30 PM OUTSIDE (weather permitting)

Sambeleza plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center outdoors on Sat., July 30. The show starts at 5:30 PM. The group will feature Jeff Fuller (bass), Joe Carter (guitar), Isabella Mendes (vocals, piano), and Graciliano Zambonim (percussion).

Sambeleza performs a wide variety of Brazilian songs, both old and new, with a jazz twist. Featured composers include Tom Jobim and Ary Barroso, as well as younger composers like Djavan, Debora Gurgel and Arlindo Cruz. A few originals by group members are added to the mix.

Their first CD, “Sambeleza Live,” was released in the spring of 2015. It was recorded live at Summer Solstice Samba in June, 2014 at Voices Cafe of the Unitarian Church in Westport in association with WPKN-FM. Along with Sambeleza members Isabella Mendes, Jeff Fuller and Joe Carter on that date were special guests Ali Ryerson (flute), Adriano Santos (drums) and Ze Mauricio (percussion).

Brasil (spelled with an “s” in Portuguese) is well known for its rich heritage—a blend of indigenous, African and European cultures—from which the music has risen with fascinating rhythms, soaring melodies and colorful harmonies. The musicians of Sambeleza are outstanding U. S. and Brazilian interpreters of the great songs of the bossa nova and samba traditions, as well as outstanding jazz artists in their own right. Sambeleza derives its name from two words: samba, the national dance of Brasil, and beleza, Portuguese for “beauty.”

There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

Fernanda Franco with Joe Carter & Jeff Fuller play Brazilian music Fri., Jul. 15

Fernanda Franco performs at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., July 15, in a show that starts at 7 PM. She will be accompanied by Joe Carter on guitar and Jeff Fuller on bass. The cover is $10.

Fernanda Franco is a singer, educator and friend. Fernanda spent half of her childhood in Brazil and the other in Bethel, CT. She now lives in New Haven, CT and is the lead singer of Fernanda and The Ephemeral, a.k.a. FaTE. Despite her Opera background, she performs mostly Bossa Nova and Soul music and enjoys sharing the magic of music.

Having performed in such diverse places as Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Recife in Brazil, Bombay, Bangalore and Goa in India, Trossingen and Stuttgart in Germany and Paris and Corsica in France, Joe Carter has used these experiences to form a sound and style based in “Samba Jazz”, a style that combines the improvisational nature of North American Jazz with the lyrical and rhythmical aspects of Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro, Baiao and MPB.

Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors. An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry.

As this is an indoor show, proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Joe Carter-Jeff Fuller Brazilian Jazz Duo plays Fri., May 20, at 5 PM

The Joe Carter-Jeff Fuller Brazilian Jazz Duo plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., May 20. The duo features Joe Carter on guitar and Jeff Fuller on upright bass. The show starts at 5 PM.

The Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Duo celebrates the music of Brazil – Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baiao and more. Their repertoire features songs by Brazil’s classic composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Moacir Santos, Jacob do Bandolim, Luiz Bonfa, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Ary Barroso and others. The Duo takes things a step further by using their Jazz backgrounds to add Jazz improvisation into the tunes, creating a sound that blends the best of both worlds. In other words: the best of Music from “Both Sides of the Equator.”

Having performed in such diverse places as Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Recife in Brazil, Bombay, Bangalore and Goa in India, Trossingen and Stuttgart in Germany and Paris and Corsica in France, Joe Carter has used these experiences to form a sound and style based in “Samba Jazz”, a style that combines the improvisational nature of North American Jazz with the lyrical and rhythmical aspects of Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro, Baiao and MPB.

Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors. An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar—suggested donation of $10. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Great Give social hour & Brazilian music by Isabella Mendes & Flavio Lira Wed., May 4

Join us Wed., May 4, 7-9 PM for a Best Video Film & Cultural Center Great Give® social followed by a concert by the Brazilian music duo of Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira. This event is free but we are encouraging supporters to donate to us in The Great Give® during the 8-9 PM hour.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is once again, generously providing a $10,000 match pool for performing and visual arts organizations in The Great Give. The Bank of America Raise the Curtain Power Hour will be May 4, from 8-9 PM. Bank of America will provide a pro-rated match based on the number of unique donors that give to qualified organizations like BVFCC during the Power Hour from 8-9 PM on May 4.

From 7-8 PM, enjoy free snacks and discount drinks and schmooze with your fellow friends of Best Video.

From 8-9 PM, enjoy superb Brazilian music by Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira (and donate to BVFCC online in The Great Give® to help us garner a strong share of the Bank of America Raise the Curtain Power Hour matching pool).

Funds from The Great Give® in 2020 and 2021 paid for the building of the deck (as well as the regular rent, utilities, and insurance bills when the pandemic crashed our income stream)! The Great Give®, which is coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, is Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s most important annual fundraiser. Hundreds of wonderful cultural and social action on-profit organizations participate each year.

The marathon part of The Great Give® starts on Tuesday, May 4, at 8 AM and lasts until Wednesday, May 5, at 7:59 PM. Advance giving starts on Monday, Apr. 25.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Isabella started to study music at age four and hasn’t stopped since. She has been studying with Grammy Winner pianist Fabio Torres and Emmy Winner vocalist Michal Towber. Isabella is also a leader in education, studying at Carnegie Hall as part of the Music Educators program. She is the founder and teacher of IMMusic Studio, a private music school, where she teaches piano and voice. She is an advocate for women and diversity in the arts, and is leading workshops bringing diversity through music in schools and community events.

Brazilian native bassist, Flavio Lira is very active and eclectic, musical styles have never been a restriction for him, and since the beginning, he has performed with groups ranging from Popular Samba to Classical Chamber Music. Now in New York, Flavio Lira is able to fully employ his versatility as a musician, collaborating with different artists and performing in prestigious venues, such as Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Joe Carter-Jeff Fuller Brazilian Jazz Duo perform Fri., Oct. 22

The Joe Carter-Jeff Fuller Brazilian Jazz Duo plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., Oct. 22. The duo features Joe Carter on guitar and Jeff Fuller on upright bass. The show starts at 5 PM.

The Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Duo celebrates the music of Brazil – Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baiao and more. Their repertoire features songs by Brazil’s classic composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Moacir Santos, Jacob do Bandolim, Luiz Bonfa, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Ary Barroso and others. The Duo takes things a step further by using their Jazz backgrounds to add Jazz improvisation into the tunes, creating a sound that blends the best of both worlds. In other words: the best of Music from “Both Sides of the Equator.”

Having performed in such diverse places as Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Recife in Brazil, Bombay, Bangalore and Goa in India, Trossingen and Stuttgart in Germany and Paris and Corsica in France, Joe Carter has used these experiences to form a sound and style based in “Samba Jazz”, a style that combines the improvisational nature of North American Jazz with the lyrical and rhythmical aspects of Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro, Baiao and MPB.

Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors. An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Isablla Mendes & Flavio Lira play Brazilian music Sat., Oct. 16, at 4:30 PM

Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira play Brazilian music at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Oct. 16, The show starts at 4:30 PM.

Isabella Mendes is known for her sensitive interpretations of jazz, bossa novas, as well as the pop-tinged music and her own originals.

Isabella Mendes was born in Brazil, where she began her music studies at the age of 4. Four years later, she was composing and well advanced in mastering the piano, which earned her a scholarship to the world renowned conservatory of music Fundação Magda Tagliaferro, where she went on to earn several prizes in piano competitions and Master Classes.

In 1999, a career opportunity brought her family to the United States, where she continued her musical studies with noted instructors Rachael Elliott and Qi Liu, both then at Yale University. In her senior year of high school, Isabella received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was recognized for her musical achievements with a “2002 Hamden Salutes Young Artists” by the town of Hamden and the State of Connecticut. She further her studies at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) and has performed at Yale University and Woolsley Hall.

Isabella Mendes’ multicultural musical interpretations and compositions can be enjoyed at her performances throughout Connecticut.

Hailing from Brazil, Flavio Lira is very active and eclectic. Musical styles have never been a restriction for him, and since the beginning, he has performed with groups ranging from Popular Samba to Classical Chamber Music.

“Regardless of style, if there are great musicians on stage, I’m happy to be there!”
​Flavio Lira has kept developing the passion for his own musical roots, as well as working with different musical traditions of the world, such as Jazz, Caribbean music and others.

Living close to New York, Flavio Lira is able to fully employ his versatility as a musician, collaborating with different artists and performing in prestigious venues, such as Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

As part of his most recent project, Flavio Lira released the album Coffee Gold Sugar Cane, a rhythmic fusion of Brazilian grooves, Cuban clave, Colombian folkloric and jazzy chords.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

UPDATE—Rescheduled to Aug. 1: Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira play bossa nova out doors

UPDATE July 3: Due to the rainy weather, this show has been rescheduled to Sun., Aug. 1, at 5:30 PM.

Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira play bossa nova and other Brazilian music styles on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Sat., July 3, at 5:30 PM.

Isabella Mendes is known for her sensitive interpretations of jazz, bossa novas, as well as the pop-tinged music and her own originals.

Isabella Mendes was born in Brazil, where she began her music studies at the age of 4. Four years later, she was composing and well advanced in mastering the piano, which earned her a scholarship to the world renowned conservatory of music Fundação Magda Tagliaferro, where she went on to earn several prizes in piano competitions and Master Classes.

In 1999, a career opportunity brought her family to the United States, where she continued her musical studies with noted instructors Rachael Elliott and Qi Liu, both then at Yale University. In her senior year of high school, Isabella received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was recognized for her musical achievements with a “2002 Hamden Salutes Young Artists” by the town of Hamden and the State of Connecticut. She further her studies at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) and has performed at Yale University and Woolsley Hall.

Isabella Mendes’ multicultural musical interpretations and compositions can be enjoyed at her performances throughout Connecticut.

Hailing from Brazil, Flavio Lira is very active and eclectic. Musical styles have never been a restriction for him, and since the beginning, he has performed with groups ranging from Popular Samba to Classical Chamber Music.

“Regardless of style, if there are great musicians on stage, I’m happy to be there!”

​Flavio Lira has kept developing the passion for his own musical roots, as well as working with different musical traditions of the world, such as Jazz, Caribbean music and others.

Living close to New York, Flavio Lira is able to fully employ his versatility as a musician, collaborating with different artists and performing in prestigious venues, such as Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

As part of his most recent project, Flavio Lira released the album Coffee Gold Sugar Cane, a rhythmic fusion of Brazilian grooves, Cuban clave, Colombian folkloric and jazzy chords.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are required inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. There will also be a donation vase set out for Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

The Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Duo on the deck Fri., July 16

The Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Duo plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., July 16. The duo features Joe Carter on guitar and Jeff Fuller on upright bass. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

The Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Duo celebrates the music of Brazil – Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baiao and more. Their repertoire features songs by Brazil’s classic composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Moacir Santos, Jacob do Bandolim, Luiz Bonfa, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Ary Barroso and others. The Duo takes things a step further by using their Jazz backgrounds to add Jazz improvisation into the tunes, creating a sound that blends the best of both worlds. In other words: the best of Music from “Both Sides of the Equator.”

Having performed in such diverse places as Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Recife in Brazil, Bombay, Bangalore and Goa in India, Trossingen and Stuttgart in Germany and Paris and Corsica in France, Joe Carter has used these experiences to form a sound and style based in “Samba Jazz”, a style that combines the improvisational nature of North American Jazz with the lyrical and rhythmical aspects of Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro, Baiao and MPB.

Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors. An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Music: The Bossa Nova Trio with Isabella Mendes plays Fri., Dec. 27

The Bossa Nova Trio plays Best Video Performance Space Friday, Dec. 27. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10.

All Brazilian natives and musician, they will be bringing some Brazilian songs to warm up a winter night in our beautiful town of Hamden at one of their favorite venues. The trio is Isabella Mendes (piano, vocals), Fernanda Franco (percusion, vocals), and Flavio Lira (bass).

Isabella Mendes is a rising talent known for her sensitive interpretations of jazz, bossa novas, as well as the pop-tinged music and her own originals.

Isabella Mendes was born in Brazil, where she began her music studies at the age of 4. Four years later, she was composing and well advanced in mastering the piano, which earned her a scholarship to the world renowned conservatory of music Fundação Magda Tagliaferro, where she went on to earn several prizes in piano competitions and Master Classes.

In 1999, a career opportunity brought her family to the United States, where she continued her musical studies with noted instructors Rachael Elliott and Qi Liu, both then at Yale University. In her senior year of high school, Isabella received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was recognized for her musical achievements with a “2002 Hamden Salutes Young Artists” by the town of Hamden and the State of Connecticut. She further her studies at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) and has performed at Yale University and Woolsley Hall.

Isabella Mendes’ multicultural musical interpretations and compositions can be enjoyed at her performances throughout Connecticut.

Click here for the complete list of upcoming events.

Music: Brazilian choro music from Roda Trip Mon., Dec. 2

New group Roda Trip plays Best Video Performance Space Monday, Dec. 2, at 8 PM. The cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Choro is a style of instrumental music from Rio de Janeiro that originated in the the late 19th century. It fuses syncopated African rhythms with European harmony and is considered by many to the the first authentically Brazilian style of music. Choro ensembles vary in their instrumentation and the music consists of virtuosic melodic lines that are both challenging and incredibly fun to play.

A gathering of musicians to play choro is called a “roda de choro,” thus our group’s name, Roda Trip, featuring Will Minter (accordion), Joe Murfin (pandeiro/cavaquinho), David Sasso (mandolin/mandocello/guitar), and Naomi Senzer (flute/clarinet).

Click here for the complete list of upcoming events.