Luciana Souza (June 14, 1966, São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian jazz singer and composer who has crossed over into classical music.
Daughter of poet Tereza Souza and singer-composer-guitarist Walter Santos, she grew up in São Paulo. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston from which she received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition in 1988. She then received a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1992. She has taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at The Manhattan School of Music, in New York.
She began her career at the age of three by recording jingles for commercials. She has also worked in the field of European classical music, working with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, composer Osvaldo Golijov, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. She has worked with New Music composers Derek Bermel and Patrick Zimmerli. She has worked in Chamber Music with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Luciana Souza has been nominated six times for a Grammy Award as best jazz vocalist. She has appeared and recorded with both renowned jazz musicians and composers of new music, including Danilo Perez, Hermeto Pascoal, Romero Lubambo, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, John Patitucci, Herbie Hancock, and Osvaldo Golijov. Luciana Souza has worked and recorded with Paul Simon and James Taylor.
Luciana was Jazz Artist in Residence with the San Francisco Performances from 2004 to 2010.
She has been married to music producer Larry Klein since 2006.
She made a guest appearance on Walter Becker's 2008 album Circus Money, produced by her husband Larry Klein.
- An Answer to Your Silence (NYC Records, 1999)
- The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and Other Songs (Sunnyside Records, 2000)
- La Pasión Según San Marcos by Osvaldo Golijov (Hänssler Classic, 2001)
- Brazilian Duos (Sunnyside, 2001)
- North and South (Sunnyside, 2003)
- Neruda (Sunnyside, 2004)
- Duos II (Sunnyside, 2005)
- Shadow Dance performing They Dance Alone by Sting (Capstone Records, 2005)
- The New Bossa Nova (Universal Records, 2007)
- Oceana by Osvaldo Golijov (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007)
- LAGQ Brazil with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Telarc, 2007)
- Tide (Universal Music France, 2009)
- Duos III (Sunnyside, 2012)
- Book of Chet (Sunnyside, 2012)
Awards and Nominations
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Souza has won one award from seven nominations. She won Album of the Year as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters.
|2003||Brazilian Duos||Best Jazz Vocal Album||Nominated|
|2004||North and South||Nominated|
|2008||River: The Joni Letters||Album of the Year||Won|
|2010||Tide||Best Jazz Vocal Album||Nominated|
|2013||The Book of Chet||Nominated|
|Duos III||Best Latin Jazz Album||Nominated|
- One track from her composition Duos II, "Muita Bobeira", was included with Microsoft Windows Vista.