novabossa, a Seattle-based quintet, performs classic bossa nova tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim and other great composers, sung in the original Portuguese by Brazilian vocalist Márcia Távora. novabossa adds to this repertoire the best standards from the Great American Songbook by composers such as Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, and George Gershwin.The band consists of veteran jazz and pop musicians who all share a passion for bossa nova and other beautiful songs, providing a lush setting for the stunning vocals of singer Márcia Távora.
photos by Dan Achatz
Marcia at Seattle Center Aug 2008
Wonder Bar June 2006
Wonder Bar May 2006
Márcia was born and raised in Brazil and speaks and sings in both Portuguese and English. She attended the Souza Lima Conservatoire in Sao Paulo where she studied music from 1994 to 1999. She studied classic ballet at the Monica Luiza Ballet Academy in Fortaleza Brazil from 1987 to1991. While in Brazil she performed extensively in concert (including opening for Dionne Warwick and Supertramp), in recitals, national and local television programs and as a singer for radio and TV commercials. After moving to Seattle in 2000 she studied Acting and Musical Theatre at North Seattle Community College. She has played the role of Corie Bratter in “Barefoot in the Park” and “Sandy” in the Auburn production of “Grease.”
Marty Jourard—keyboards, sax
Marty is the co-founder and musical director of novabossa. He teaches music in his private studio and is a published author of music instruction books. As the original keyboard and sax player of the ‘80s pop group the Motels, Marty earned two gold albums and two Top Ten singles (“Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer”). He is beginning to add more saxophone into the novabossa sound.
Peter is a highly respected guitarist who plays jazz, latin, pop and standards with equal facility. He attended the Eastman School of Music in 1985 and has worked steadily for the last 20 years in a wide range of styles and musical settings. In addition to private lessons he teaches at Bellevue and Shoreline Community College as an adjunct faculty member. His mastery of the bossa nova guitar style greatly enhances the sound of the band.
A professional bass player for over 25 years, Frederick grew up in South Carolina and has toured and played with artists as diverse as the Drifters, Percy Sledge and Wayne Cochran. He owned and ran the Academy of Music in Bellevue for 18 years and is the author of four bass instruction books published by Mel Bay.
Eric Larson—drums, percussion
As the son of a government diplomat Eric grew up in East Africa and Bangladesh, exposing him to much of what is now called “World Beat” music. Drums have been Eric’s passion for most of his life, and early musical sessions at his home studio were instrumental in bringing together the members of novabossa. Eric is also the owner and award-winning chef of Shamiana in Kirkland.