When last we interviewed Nate Najar, he was excited to share the new "Blues For Night People" album - a remembrance of the legendary Charlie Byrd. Several projects later, here he is again - with "American Melodies!" Not only is he eager to speak of his work with long-time friend and collaborator Tommy Cecil, Nate is over the moon with the possibilities of what's to come with another musical partner, Daniela Soledade.
We know so much about Nate and his St. Petersburg, Florida, roots. That his incredible musicianship has been thrilling guitar lovers since 2002 - with influences from Django Reinhardt to Bebop and the Classical music of his studies with Frank Mullen. Nate's success has been a joy to behold - and so has his evolution as an artist. Then, he met Daniela and magic happened!
This beautiful Rio de Janeiro native has a history that is unlike MANY. Her Grandfather, Paulo, composed with the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim and was responsible for the introduction that led Jobim to Vinicius de Moraes and "Black Orpheus." Dad Paulinho studied under Baden Powell - who worked with Paulo on compositions. As a little girl, Daniela was constantly in her father's studio at the house - so the love and "inhalation" of music was second nature.
In her early teens, she studied flute at the Monk Conservatory in Brazil - then left for America a few years later. How she met Nate and formed their alliance is something that we will learn during this special interview. All we need to know is that it was TRULY meant to be!
The love of what music emerged from Brazil is the strong thread that they share. Daniela's "A Moment of You" was produced by Nate and reflects the quiet intimacy of Bossa Nova. We'll hear that peace - and we have a surprise. A debut from Daniela that you won't want to miss! Join us on 5/7/20. You WON'T forget this show!