Cozy Cole is available to play classic songs from the Bossa Nova canon at your next New York City function.
"Cozy Cole" Smithey builds on a lifetime of musical experience (playing in bands such as San Diego's "The Rockin’ Dogs," and with New York City Jazz guitar legends Ed Maceachen and Ron Parmentier) to follow a 25-year dream of performing solo arrangements of songs from Bossa Nova's exquisite canon for your live listening pleasure.
Bossa Nova means "New Wave." How fitting for this lush Brazilian style of music created by João Gilberto on his guitar in the town of Juazeiro, Bahia. Gilberto's music exploded on the beaches of Rio during the '50s and '60s via a small clique of college friends whose socialist political views were transmogrified through love songs filled with complex melodic and harmonic lines juxtaposed against a clave rhythm (think Bo Diddley) and simple bass lines.
Bossa Nova represented a youthful, utopic celebration of modernity by a middle class of energetic young leftists whose music was stunted after a US-promoted coup d'état in 1964.
By that time Marcel Camus’s Oscar-winning 1959 film "Black Orpheus" had introduced Bossa Nova to the States. Stan Getz’s 1961 collaboration with guitarist Charlie Byrd “Jazz Samba” laid the groundwork for artists such as Frank Sinatra to introduce Bossa Nova stars such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Astrud Gilberto to the world.