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Artist Profiles: Dudu Lima

Dudu Lima

Dudu Lima was born in 1972, in Brazil. He started to study acoustic bass very young, by himself, and later at the Ian Guest Music Center in Rio de Janeiro. Later, he studied electric bass with Charles Banacus in Boston (USA), attended Berklee College of Music (USA) and workshops with Natan East (bassist of Larry Carlton) and Dave Weckel (drummer of Chick Corea ).

In Brazil, Dudu Lima has participated in dozens of albums from great jazz musicians and performed at the most important jazz festivals like Visa Jazz Festival, ProMusica Jazz Festival , Buzios Patio Havana Instrumental , Rio das Ostras Summer Festival, Ibitipoca Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de Friburgo, Festival Internacional de Musica Colonial de Juiz de Fora , Jazz and Blues Rio das Ostras Festival, Blue Tree Bras?lia Jazz Festival.

Abroad, Dudu Lima performed at Montreux Jazz Festival, Brienz Jazz Festival and at Jazz Times Convention in New York.

Dudu Lima composed the overture soundtrack for the Luzes da Cidade Film Festival, the soundtrack for TV documentary Museu Mariano Procopio and had one of his music (Regina) in the theatre piece O Baile Verde. He’s also performed in the soundtracks of the movies A 3a. Morte de Joaqim Boliver and Maria das Graca.

The first CD was Regina, recorded in 2000 and the second one Nossa Historia released in 2003 with the participation of great Brazilian jazz musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto, Juarez Moreira, Ivan Conti (Azimuth), Marcio Bahia, among others.

In 2007, Dudu Lima released his DVD and third CD: Dudu Lima Live – 20 Years of Pure Music (Dudu Lima ao vivo – 20 Anos de Pura Musica). This work counts with the special participation of the great North-American guitarist Stanley Jordan and the virtuoso Canadian saxophonist Jean Pierre Zanella.


Regina (2000)
Nossa História ‎(Mantra, 2003)
Ouro de Minas (2009)
Cordas Mineiras (Tratore, 2010)
Ao Vivo No Cine Theatro Central (Blues Time, 2011)
Ouro de Minas 2 – Gran Circo (2015)
Tamarear (Som Livre, 2015)
Um Trem Pra Minas (2016)
Dudu Lima Clássicos (2017)
Som de Minas (Gravatás, 2017)


Artist Profiles: Missy Raines

Missy Raines

Celebrated bluegrass bassist Missy Raines was born April 6, 1962 in Short Gap, West Virginia. She’s had a pioneering, courageous musical career as one of the leading female bass players.

Missy Rained got started with an unanticipated surprise from her father. “My father had been playing a washtub that he’d made himself and then decided impulsively (without consulting my mother) to buy a bass. I was already playing the piano and guitar by then, but when you’re ten or eleven years old and there is a new instrument in the house…well, I couldn’t stay away from it. That’s the bass I still have and play today.”

As a young girl, Raines attended summer music festivals and home picking parties in the winter with her parents. As Raines’ skill improved, she found herself jamming with and then learning from bigger and better players, particularly International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor member Tom Gray (The Country Gentlemen, The Seldom Scene) “I met him through mutual friends when I was 12 and it was one of the biggest deals of my life up to that point,” she recalls. “Tom is an amazing person and he took me under his wing. He says though that I never asked him to show me how to do anything; that I would just talk about how he played. I thought I was picking his brain.

Raines names her earliest influences as Bill Monroe, The Country Gentleman, The Stanley Brothers, The Bluegrass Alliance, and David Grisman. She later played jazz before discovering the music of Joe Jackson in the early 1980s. “I’d never gotten into the rock, pop scene at all – I’d been affected by it peripherally but not directly. And then I got totally caught up in his music and his writing and a whole new world was suddenly opened up for me.

Professionally, Raines has participated in a wide-range of projects. She propelled her career with experimental bluegrass ensemble Cloud Valley and toured with Eddie and Martha Adcock before joining up with The Masters (Adcock, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Jesse McReynolds).

Missy Raines – Photo by Gary Alter

Raines toured and recorded with Claire Lynch’s Front Porch String Band from 1995-2000 and again from 2005-2008, while creating a successful duo with band mate Jim Hurst. A gig with the Brother Boys opened Raines’ eyes to the value of musical spontaneity.

If you allow it” says Missy Raines, “music can take people and let them be seen from the inside out. It’s a way of letting people see who you are without having to sit there and talk about yourself. For instance, the title tune contains the sort of changes that life often forces upon you, expressed musically. When I was writing the tune, I was thinking, ‘this all makes really musical sense except this one half-step change here.’ That’s what throws you off. For me that’s what I’ve been through. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, something comes up and surprises you.”

Inside Out by Missy Raines and The New Hip, released in 2009, is the product of Missy Raines 20-year long aspiration. The album, she emphasizes, is a true collaboration between her and her delicately constructed band, The New Hip: Ethan Ballinger, (mandolin/mandola), Michael Witcher (resonator guitar/lap steel/vocals), and Dillon Hodges (guitar/vocals). “I’ve wanted this for a very, very long time. This band and this sound has existed, at least in my head, for almost two decades – it was just a matter of finding musicians that could read my mind.”


Two, with Jim Hurst (Pinecastle, 2000)

My Place in the Sun (2008)

Inside Out (Compass Records, 2009)

New Frontier (Compass Records, 2013)


Richard Bona Announces American Tour and New Album

Richard Bona - Heritage
Richard Bona – Heritage

Cameroonian bassist and singer-songwriter Richard Bona has a new album titled Heritage, scheduled for release on September 16 in the United States. To promote the album he will be touring the United States in September 2016.

Heritage, Bona’s eighth, is the first with the Afro-Cuban band Mandekan Cubano. This recording follows the roots of Afro-Cuban music back to its origins in the Mandekan Empire of the 15th century and earlier. The music explores the alchemy of African rhythms in Cuba.

Tour Dates:

Sept 2nd: Boston, MA, Sculler’s

Sept 6th: Washington, DC, Howard Theatre

Sept 9-10: NYC, Club Bonafide

Sept 13-14: Los Angeles, CA, Catalina’s

Sept 16th: Monterey, CA, Monterey Jazz Festival

Sept 20-21: Seattle, WA, Jazz Alley

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