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 30-year dream of performing solo instrumental guitar arrangements of songs from Bossa Nova's exquisite canon for your live listening pleasure.
MEMBER: American Federation of Musicians Union — NYC Local 802
Thanks to everyone in Carnegie Hill who came out to Church of the Heavenly Rest for my Bossa Nova Utopia. Even the sun came out just for this festive occasion!
"Cozy Cole" Smithey plays Sadowsky guitars strung with a custom set of Thomastik-Infeld flatwound strings through AER amps with a Keeley compressor.
Special thanks to Peter Case and Elvis Costello.
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 over a five year period in the early 50s. Gilberto's music exploded on the beaches of Rio during the '50s and '60s via a passionate group of college friends whose socialist political views were transposed through harmonically rich love songs filled with complex melodic lines juxtaposed against a clave rhythm (think Bo Diddley) with simple bass lines.
Bossa Nova represented a youthful, utopic celebration of modernity by a middle class of energetic young Brazilian leftists that shined a sustained ray of hope for Brazil's future. Sadly, their enigmatic voices and hopes for a bright future were stunted after a US-promoted coup d'état in 1964 that sent many of Brazil's Bossa Nova stars to start new lives in the U.S. It became illegal to even listen to Bossa Nova music in Brazil.
By that time, Marcel Camus’s Oscar-winning 1959 film "Black Orpheus" had introduced Bossa Nova to the world. Stan Getz’s 1961 collaboration with guitarist Charlie Byrd (“Jazz Samba”) laid the groundwork for Frank Sinatra to introduce Bossa Nova stars, such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ana Lucia, Carlos Lyra, and Astrud Gilberto to American audiences. The rest is the future that is Bossa Nova now. Feel Cozy Cole's elegant Bossa Nova vibe.