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Brasilian Vibes Trio
Bring Samba and Bossa Nova to your next Arts/Music Festival


Live at Blue Note (NYC)

Brasilian Vibes Trio in Indianapolis

Live at Slyfest '17, Sherman NY


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Bring Samba and Bossa Nova to your next Arts/Music festival or event with NYC-based award-winning musicians. Lead vocalist Nanny Assis, from Bahia, was voted "Best Brasilian Male Vocalist in USA" by the Brasilian Press Awards in 2011 & 2017. The ensemble's flexible instrumentation begins with a trio of guitar/perc/vocals, bass and vibes and builds from there. Can also include São Paulo native Vanessa Falabella, winner of "Best Brasilian Female Vocalist in USA" by the Brasilian Press Awards in 2016. Brasilian Vibes and it's members have performed at top NYC venues including the Blue Note and BB King's, along with the Sea Of Jazz Festival in Pompano Beach, Slyfest '12 Buffalo (NY) and many other venues in the USA, Europe and Brazil. Samba drumming and dancers available upon request.


Nanny Assis - Guitar/Vocals/Percussion

Nanny Assis was born in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador, Bahia. Nanny performed regularly at NYC's club Sounds Of Brasil for fifteen years. In 2017, for the second time in his career, he was voted "Best Brazilian Vocalist in USA" by the Brazilian Press Awards. Also in 2017 he was awarded Focus Brazil's "Brazilian Music Ambassador of the World". Nanny's debut album "Double Rainbow" (2007) includes appearances by John Pattitucci and Eumir Deodato. His collaborations with Janis Siegel have led to performances with the legendary group Manhattan Transfer as well as the recording "Requinte Trio". He is a frequent guest live and in the studio, recently recording and performing with performing in a project with Tony Levin (bass) and Lenny White (drs).

Nanny's appeal and personality have brought him around the world, where, indifferent of the venue, he has deeply touched people through his music. After 1999, when he moved to New York City, he has appeared in many countries. Last year on tour in the UK he played at Ronnie Scott's in London, and has also performed at Queen Elizabeth's Hall, in London. In New York City, his artistic hub, Nanny has appeared at Birdland, Zinc Bar, B.B. King, SOB's, and each of the last four years at the Blue Note.

Arthur Lipner - Vibraphone/Marimba/Percussion

Arthur Lipner is one of today's leading vibes and marimba players. The Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia) wrote, "Lipner belongs to that rare category of master player with Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson..." His passion for the power of music has brought him to an unrivaled range of performances including recording with Russian Tuvan Throat Singers, a concert in Ghana at a small rural village, Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, Royal Palace in Marrakesh, in the mountains of Norway on an ice xylophone, and much more. The documentary TALKING STICKS features his inner and outer journeys (

Arthur has appeared on over 50 albums including nine of his own. He has performed in over 25 countries, premiering his concerto MALLET FANTASIA in Rio de Janeiro with the Nat'l Symphony of Brazil. Lipner has presented over 200 workshops on six continents, including The Juilliard School (NYC), Yale University and London's Royal College of Music. Arthur's has written over 100 compositions and two widely-adopted method books, THE VIBES REAL BOOK (1996) and "Jazz Mallets: IN SESSION" (2000). 2018 tours will include Scotland, England Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.

Leonard Lucini - Electric Basses

Leonardo Lucini is a bassist, producer, composer and educator in the Washington DC area. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mr. Lucini has performed and/or recorded locally and abroad with a variety of internationally renowned artists including Nestor Torres, Arturo O'Farrill, Alex Acuna, Chuchito Valdez, Arthur Lipner, Leo Gandelman, Raul Mascarenhas, Rogerio Souza, Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio (El Negro) Hernandez. He also performs his own compositions with his Brazilian jazz band Origem. In Brazil, he performed with well-known groups and artists such as Nó Em Pingo D'Agua, saxophonist Paulo Moura, singer-composer Marcos Vale, and the Orquestra de Música Brasileira.

As an educator Mr. Lucini has given lectures and clinics at the Berklee College of Music, Goucher College, George Washington University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, University of Maryland and was an Artist in Residence at Montgomery College where he directed the Latin Ensemble. Aside from leading six Jazz Combos as teacher for the Jazz Band Masterclass network, Mr. Lucini is also the Orchestra Director and Music Department Chair of the Northwestern High School's Jim Henson Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Hyattsville, MD. A graduate of Howard University, Mr. Lucini also holds a Masters in Music from the University of Maryland.