Sultry Bossa Nova Sounds Reach Cocoa Beach

By  //  October 20, 2012

Free Public Concert

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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Bossa Nova fans will recognize the name of Antonio Carlos Jobim, whose songs are staples of the jazz and pop repertoires. 

Renowned flute and saxophone player Daniel Jordan will appear in a free Bossa Nova concert Sunday in Cocoa Beach. (Image courtesy First United Methodist Church)

The Brazilian songwriter, composer and singer was the primary force behind the creation of the boss nova style and his songs, like “The Girl from Ipanema” have been performed by singers and musicians the world over.

Add a smattering of blues, and you have a free concert for Sunday afternoon enjoyment at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church of Cocoa Beach, 3300 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach.

Rich Walker on guitar and vocals, Daniel Jordan on flute and saxophone, Barry Smith on drums and Jon Warcholak on acoustic bass will perform some of Jobim’s most popular hits, along with some of his lesser known works.

Sax and flute player Jordan is universally recognized as a true jazz great. He has been a successful educator and composer/musician since 1976 and has a flexible approach to teaching and playing and is the creator of “Journey through Jazz”, a nationally distributed educational video tape.

Jordan has performed with many notable artists including: Sam Rivers, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Haden, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Slide Hampton, Badal Roy, Jimmy Smith, Clarke Terry, Billy Eckstien, Alan Broadbent, Woody Herman Orchestra, Ray Charles, Barry Manilo, Michael Wolff, Larry Elgart, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops , Elvin Jones, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, New York Fusion Ensemble and the Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra.

According to Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, Cocoa Beach and bossa nova are made for each other.

“You can’t think of ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ without thinking of sun and sand,” said Collins.  “The bossa nova sound is incredibly smooth and relaxed — perfect for a Sunday afternoon in Cocoa Beach.”

Donations will be accepted to help cover travel and concert costs for the jazz combo.

For more information, call toll free to 1-855-252-7276.