Wave consists of Jerry Sociedade (vocals), Ginny Simonds (piano), and Chris Thompson (bass). The three share a love of the complex rhythms and harmonies of the bossa nova. They perform bossa novas and other Brazilian rhythms by Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim and other great composers in the original Brazilian style – familiar ones such as Desafinado and So Danco Samba, as well as gems rarely heard outside Brazil, such as Voce e Eu, Outra Vez, and Influencia do Jazz. Jerry sings most of these in Portuguese, which is his mother tongue. (photo below – Casa Do Churrasco, December 1st, 2011).
The three also share a love of the Great American Songbook, and perform a number of jazz standard swing tunes made great by legendary vocalists Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and others.
Wave‘s smooth, sophisticated sound is a good fit with upscale venues on both sides of the river. Wave was the performer for the closing event of the 2012 Merrickville Jazz Festival. During the summer of 2012, Wave partnered with Le Hibou in Wakefield, Quebec to host a series of popular ‘Bossa Nova Brunches’ (photo on right – Sunday Brunch on the patio, Le Hibou, Wakefield, QC, July 8, 2012 – Gatineau River and Gatineau Hills reflected in background). Wave performs on a regular basis for Zolas Restaurant’s (Bells Corners, Ottawa, ON) Live Jazz Saturday Nights.
Jerry, Ginny, and Chris met through Samba Ottawa (www.samba-ottawa.org), which performs Brazilian samba (carnival) music. They discovered their mutual love of the bossa nova, which is a more sophisticated, less percussive offshoot of samba music and which was nurtured and grew in the night clubs of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, during the 1950s and 1960s.
DEMO – Recorded at GigSpace Ottawa, April 2013 [13m08s]
The songs in the demo below are examples of the rhythms performed by Wave - bossa novas and other Brazilian rhythms, swing (Great American Songbook), and Latin (cha cha).
BRAZILIAN DEMO – Recorded at GigSpace Ottawa, April 2013 [10m38s]
The songs in the demo below are examples of the bossa novas and other Brazilian rhythms performed by Wave.
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