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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Luciana Souza’s The Book of Longing and the Yellowjackets
Friday, November 9, 2018, 8pm — Berklee Performance Center 

Luciana Souza high-res photo | Yellowjackets high-res photo 
Luciana Souza video preview | Yellowjackets video preview
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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Luciana Souza’s Word Strings and the Yellowjackets on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8pm at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. The Jazz Series is generously sponsored in part by Donna and Michael Egan.

Tickets start at $45 and are available online at, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.

Grammy winner, Brazilian Jazz singer, and composer Luciana Souza returns to the stage with Word Strings, her new project on words and poetry, featuring guitarist Chico Pinheiro and bassist Scott Colley. Joining Souza are the storied and influential jazz band, the Yellowjackets, whose broad range of stylistic mastery have earned them 17 Grammy nominations and a unique place in the jazz world. Souza and the Yellowjackets will perform some selections separately, then join forces for selections from their forthcoming joint project.

This concert marks the fifth Celebrity Series performance for Luciana Souza; she made her debut in 1996 as part of the Labor Day Celebration with Carol Sloan and the Henry Cook Band, and was seen most recently in 2014 with her self-named trio and special guests Lionel Loueke and Gregoire Maret. This will be the Celebrity Series debut for the Yellowjackets.

Luciana Souza is one of jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Ms. Souza 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. 

Souza has performed and recorded with luminaries 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 sixty records as a side singer. From 2005 to 2010, Souza was the Jazz Artist in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Performances. In 2005 and 2013 she was awarded Best Female Jazz Singer by the Jazz Journalists Association. 

Fourteen time Grammy-nominated group The Yellowjackets are named as such because the word connotes something lively, energetic, and something with a sting. Founded in 1977 when Robben Ford assembled a trio from veteran session musicians Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, and Ricky Lawson to record his album The Inside Story, the band has explored and garnered critical acclaim in a wide variety of jazz styles. Though their changing membership has created several different iterations of the group since their founding, the unmistakable talents of the individuals involved still have their unique signatures that shine through. Current members are pianist Russell Ferrante, drummer William Kennedy, saxophonist Bob Mintzer, and bassist Dane Alderson.

Program to be announced from the stage.

About Celebrity Series of Boston  
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Béla Bartók, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirsten Flagstad, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Vladimir Horowitz, Diana Krall, Fritz Kreisler, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Ignace Paderewski, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubenstein, Andrés Segovia, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.

Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, including Donna & Michael Egan and Eleanor & Frank Pao; corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfil our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Garbis and Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., First Republic Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peabody Foundation, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Tufts Health Plan, and many others.