Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of Jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Born in São
Paulo, Brazil, in the late sixties, she grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators - her father,
a singer and songwriter, her mother, a poet and lyricist. Luciana’s work as a performer
transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz,
sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to new music.
As a leader, Luciana Souza has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002 - including her
six Grammy-nominated records Brazilian Duos, North and South, Duos II, Tide, Duos III,
and The Book of Chet. Her debut recording for Universal, The New Bossa Nova, was
produced by her husband, Larry Klein, and was met with widespread critical acclaim.
Luciana’s recordings also include two works based on poetry - The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop
And Other Songs, and Neruda.
Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with greats including Herbie Hancock (on his
Grammy winning record, River – The Joni Letters), Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby
McFerrin, Maria Schneider, Danilo Perez and many others. Her longstanding duo work with
Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo has earned her accolades across the globe, and her
complete discography contains more than 50 records as a side singer. Luciana Souza’s singing
has been called "transcendental, "perfect, " and of "unparalleled beauty. " Entertainment
Weekly writes, "Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries."
Luciana Souza has been a prominent soloist in two important works by composer Osvaldo
Golijov – La Pasion According to St. Mark, and Oceana. She has performed with the Bach
Akademie Stuttgart, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Other
orchestral appearances include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta
Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the
American Composers Orchestra. Her work in chamber music includes a fruitful collaboration
with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and with composers Derek Bermel and Patrick
Ms. Souza began her recording career at age three with a radio commercial, and recorded
more than 200 jingles and soundtracks, becoming a first-call studio veteran at age sixteen. She
spent four years on faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received a
Bachelor's in Jazz Composition. Ms. Souza earned a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from
New England Conservatory of Music and taught for four years at the prestigious Manhattan
School of Music, in New York City. From 2005 to 2010, Luciana was the Jazz Artist in
Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances. In 2005 and 2013 Luciana was
awarded Best Female Jazz Singer by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Billboard magazine has said of Luciana: “she continues her captivating journey as a uniquely
talented vocalist who organically crosses genre borders. Her music soulfully reflects, wistfully
regrets, romantically woos, joyfully celebrates...”