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Sergio Mendes lives 'In The Key of Joy'; Gabriel Alegria's Afro-Peruvian Sextet praised for 'Social Distancing'

 In The Key of Joy album cover
Concord Records
"In The Key of Joy" album cover

Brazilian music icon Sergio Mendes brings his joyous music to Seattle's Jazz Alley Jan. 27-30. Check out Robin Lloyd's interview with Mendes at the "Listen" button above, and tune in for more of his music this week on Saturday's Jazz Caliente.

The man of many hats and just as many musical surprises, Sergio Mendes has waited two years to tour on his latest album, In the Key of Joy. The tour finally begins at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley next week.

We highly recommend the "In the Key of Joy" documentary film, available for streaming from iTunes and Peacock.

Sergio Mendes: In The Key of Joy (Promo Trailer)

Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria's Afro-Peruvian Sextet got recognition from four prominent "Best of 2021" lists for its project Social Distancing, a collection of original compositions expressing the emotional roller coaster of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPR Music Staff Picks, The New York Music Daily, The New York City Jazz Record and Cadence Magazine all included "Social Distancing" on their year-end listings of the best recorded music. We'll hear some of that music on Jazz Caliente this week.

International Jazz Day. Afro-Latin Jazz with The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet (Apr. 30 2021)

Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.

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Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.