I've been playing piano for over 40 years and I've always been attracted to the different Afro-American forms of music starting with Rock n' Roll which lead me to the Blues which turned me on to Jazz which took me to New Orleans. From there, I explored the sounds of the Caribbean and South America. It's Music as celebration, sadness, overcoming obstacles, a way to build community and bring people together. In the late 90's I had the opportunity to work with a real Sambista and learn Brazilian Music in an authentic manner. Since then I just can't get enough. Anyway, this band is a vehicle for me and my musical brothers to share with you some of the joy and excitement that this music brings to us. We hope you enjoy it too. The group includes Piano, Bass and Drums and can be augmented with Percussion, Guitar, Vocals, and or Horns to fit the needs and budget of the event. We play Bossa Nova, Samba, Latin Jazz, Jazz and more featuring arrangements of recognizable songs done with Brazilian and Latin rhythms. We can tailor the song list for any occasion.
JIM ORR – Keyboards and Vocals, has been playing piano for forty years and has performed extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region as a member of The Persuaders (which he founded in 1988 and is still active), The Pan American Rhythm Project, The Samba Bossa Four, Root Boy Slim, and Fat Tuesday. He has appeared on stage with Chuck Magione, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, The English Beat, The Radiators, and The Nighthawks. Jim started The Bossa Brothers Trio in 2010 to focus on Brazilian and Latin rhythms.
JEFF MULLER – Bass and Vocals, began his musical journey at a young age as an Elvis impersonator. He co-founded the Dirty City Band, and worked with The Persuaders, The Pan American Project, Eva Cassidy, Linwood Battle, and August West among others in the Annapolis area. In1997 Jeff released his solo CD Jes Grew. While living in New Orleans, Jeff performed with Allen Toussaint, Cryil Neville and Ernie K-Doe.
LAMONT CRANSTON - Drums and Percussion, has worked in publishing, radio and the movies, Lamont now drums with the Bossa Brothers. Further details of his career are shadowy.
We take pride in being professional musicians, which means to you that we are on time, dress appropriately for the occasion and play our instruments with discipline and passion. The band is able to play quietly to provide background music and ambiance when appropriate as well as a more upbeat and energetic sound for dancing. We provided a complete sound system, with a stage microphone available for announcements. We can play prerecorded music when the band takes it's breaks and we can do announcements and introductions if needed. Our fee may be higher depending on event details, how far we have to travel or if you want to add extra musicians.
Following is a partial list of some of the places we've played at:
Washington Golf and Counrty Club (Arlington, VA)
Donna's Restaurant (Columbia, Baltimore and Cross Keys);
Linwood's Restaurant (Owings Mills, MD);
Grand Opening of Mill #1 (Baltimore, MD);
University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus;
Community College of Baltimore City;
Lexington Market (Baltimore, MD)