Andréa Dutra is a Brazilian singer from Rio de Janeiro. Her most important influences are MPB (popular Brazilian music), samba and jazz. She has worked with many important Brazilian musicians like Tim Maia, Seu Jorge, Sandra de Sá, Danilo Caymmi and others, all over Brazil. Andrea was nominated for the most important music award in Brazil for her first album, Andréa Dutra, released by Niterói Discos, in 1993.
Since 2001 Andrea sings in the samba vocal quartet Arranco de Varsóvia, winner of the most important music award in Brazil, as Best Samba Group of the Year, in 2006, with the album Na Cadência do Samba. In 2010 , the group launched their 5th CD and first DVD, recorded live, Pãozinho de Açúcar – Arranco de Varsóvia canta Martinho da Vila, in which they sing exclusively the great samba composer Martinho da Vila. The DVD features Martinho himself on stage with Arranco.
In 2005 Andréa Dutra and pianist Paulo Malaguti played Brazilian jazz at the Versailles Palace as part of The Year of Brazil in France. Andréa was in You Record’s Soul of Brazil album, and was pre-nominated for the Latin Grammy, category Best Song, for her song Disseram. Throughout her career, she has been performing in all important clubs and theatres in Rio and São Paulo.
The Andréa Dutra Quartet played at Modern Sound Mega Store for five years, having received visitor musicians from all over the world, like American drummer Mike Shapiro. You can hear Andréa in Grammy Award winner Gaudêncio Thiago de Mello’s album, Amor mais que perfeito, side by side with Ithamara Koorax. In 2007, SalaDeSom records released the album O amor de uns tempos pra cá, featuring Andrea Dutra in duo with guitar player Marcus Nabuco. The track A linha e o linho, by Gilberto Gil, included in the album, featured in the original soundtrack of Tititi, soap opera by Rede Globo TV.
The Andrea Dutra Quartet celebrates its 11th year together, resident at the Triboz Club, in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, experimenting with jazz and Brazilian jazz, with a faithfull audience.
In 2013, Mills Records released Andrea Dutra’s new album, Jamba, an original mix of jazz, samba and Brazilian jazz, that ends up sounding what we chose to call Brazilian universal music. The album shows how Brazilian music can use elements of jazz, like improvisation and reharmonization, to enhance it’s beauty without ever losing its Brazilian accent and characteristics. In fact, it’s clear to see how jazz and Brazilian music have exchanged, influencing and being influenced by each other.
The tracks on the CD are a mix of unreleased songs, by Ms Dutra and other composers, and new versions of tunes by Djavan, Moacir Santos, Monarco, Vinicius de Moraes, Caetano Veloso, Fatima Guedes and other great Brazilian composers. The CD was recorded live in studio by Andrea Dutra (voice) Paulo Malaguti Pauleira (piano), Zé Luiz Maia (bass), Augusto Mattoso (double bass), Rafael Barata (drums) and Marcelo Martins as a special guest artist, playing sax and flutes. The CD was produced, mixed and mastered by Carlos Mills.
In 2014, Andrea represented Brazil at the MIDEM FEstival, in France.
Andrea has been doing shows in Rio and other cities in Brasil, and has been working on the music of Elton Medeiros, a great samba composer. There’s a new CD comingo soon. The Andrea Dutra Quartet celebrates its 14th year together, resident at the Triboz Club since 2010, experimenting with jazz and Brazilian jazz, with a faithfull audience. Triboz is an international jazz venue in Lapa.