San Francisco vocalist Sandy Cressman made a name for herself as a true devotee of Brazil’s greatest contemporary composers, interpreting songs by post-bossa masters like Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, and Filó Machado in Rio-accented Portuguese.
Sandy's passion for Brazilian music led her to form Homenagem Brasileira in 1998. Homenagem Brasileira plays the full spectrum of Brazilian jazz, from Rio-based bossa nova and samba to baião and frevo from Brazil’s northeast.
The friendships forged with Brazilian musicians during her musical travels course through her captivating new album Entre Amigos, a project that marks a major new chapter for Cressman as a tunesmith. Entre Amigos features a gorgeous array of new songs created with a far-flung cast of collaborators, including the celebrated Pernambuco frevo composer/bandleader Spok, rising Brazilian-American guitarist Ian Faquini, pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto, and pianist Antonio Adolfo, a Brazilian jazz master who got his start at the center of Rio’s early 1960s bossa nova scene. Sandy's prior two albums: Homenagem Brasileira, Brasil-Sempre no Coração, are also critically acclaimed.