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Ivan Lins

Ivan Guimar„es Lins was born on June 16, 1945 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Son of a Naval engineer, Ivan spent several formative years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while his father completed graduate studies at M.I.T. Relocating to his native Brazil, Ivan earned a degree and had a career in professional sports in mind before discovering his passion and natural talent for music. Since then he has been an active and prolific performer, songwriter, and superstar of Brazilian popular music (MPB) and jazz for over 30 years.

His first hit, "Madalena," was recorded by Elis Regina in 1970. Since then he has written and performed numerous songs which have become jazz classics recorded by a who's who list of international artists including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, George Benson, Manhattan Transfer, Dianne Schuur, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Eliane Elias, Patti Austin, Toots Thielmans, Take Six, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, Mark Murphy, Dave Grusin, Sergio Mendes, and countless others.

Mention should be made of Lins' longtime composing partner, Vitor Martins. Their songs typically feature lush harmony with a distinctive jazz sensibility. Lins' status as a genius of popular song would be established if he never performed his own material. But Lins does perform, and his distinctive, penetrating range propels his every release to the top of the Brazilian charts.

Lins studied at the Military College of Rio de Janeiro and later received a degree in industrial chemical engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. He considered a career in volleyball before discovering his considerable musical talent.

Lins maintains an active touring schedule, including appearances at the Blue Note in New York City.


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