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Holly Stephey talks to Stephanie Ozer "Queen of Bossa Nova....

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Stephanie released the CD O Começo: New Beginnings in Brazilian Jazz in June, 2004. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro and Berkeley, California, the CD features vocal tracks with the legendary singer Leny Andrade and a stellar group of musicians. Stephanie holds a Piano Performance degree from the University of Michigan School of Music. In addition to classical performance, she has performed in ensembles of jazz, rock, Klezmer, Javanese Gamelan, and Brazilan jazz. She worked for a decade with vocalist Kathy Moore in an award winning jazz duo, opening for Abbey Lincoln and Phoebe Snow in Ann Arbor, Michigan and performing at the San Jose Jazz Festival, Michigan Womans' Music Festival, the Vancouver Folk Festival, the National Womans' Music Festival, The Jazz School (Berkeley), and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Besides performing, Stephanie has taught piano for over 20 years, and is the mother of two lovely and lively children. Stephanie is currently heard around the San Francisco Bay Area, solo, in jazz and Brazilian ensembles, and with her band, "O Começo", with the Rio-born vocal phenomenon Claudia Villela.

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