Composer/pianist/singer Luiz Simas returns to Birdland with a new show and a great band of superb Brazilian jazz musicians. Growing up in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Ipanema in the 60's, Luiz Simas was smack in the center of the bossa nova universe, where Jobim and João Gilberto ruled. He played in countless jam sessions with some of the greats, and signed his first major record deal he was only 18. He went on to become one of Brazil's most respected musicians. Luiz moved to New York in 1989 where he became very prominent in the Brazilian jazz scene. He's performed all over the US, in Europe and in Brazil. According to Keyboard Magazine, his playing is "sassy, clear, vibrant, yet understated" "his music ...is fresh, smart, and witty." Pianist Judy Carmichael raves that "Luiz Simas is not only a wonderful musician, singer and composer, he is an engaging performer who draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world. Simas epitomizes the fantasies we non-Brazilians have about that wonderful country, and with him, we all get to be Brazilian, at least for the a couple hours!"