The story of Café Brasil begins like all good stories -- that is, organically. Back in 2001 De Souza was selling insurance in South Florida, and that meant spending a lot of time on the road. To help get him through the interminable days, he tuned in to WDNA, where the jazz can cure just about ailment known to man, including traffic jams. One day the station had an open call for a radio personality specializing in Latin jazz. De Souza answered. It didn't matter that he hadn't been behind a radio console since college, or that he really wasn't that up on Latin jazz. He needed something more for his life, and this looked like it.
Majica and Mano, the driving force behind the popular local band "The Baboons," take you on a hot and meaty world tour of music every Sunday afternoon.
By day, Leah is an attorney who helps shape public policy for local government.
Originally from New York, moved down to Miami, Fla. in 1970. Returned to New York in 1980-81 for graduate studies then came back to Miami. He's been a jazz fan for thirty-five years. Began contributing to All About Jazz in 2005 and is member of the Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) and a regular contributor for eJazznews and Jazzreview.
Anthony has been following music in many of the venues in South Florida for more than twenty years: Elvin Jones in West Palm Beach, Wayne Shorter on Lincoln Road, Sonny Rollins and Nina Simone at the old Gusman , Arthur Barron and Hilton Ruiz at the Rose, and on and on. As a co-producer with Leo Casino, they produced Latin Meets Jazz at The Stephen Talkhouse on Miami Beach which featured Cachao, Dave Valentine, Potato Valdez, Ray Baretto, Johnny Pacheco, Johnny Conga and a host of Miami based Latin jazz artists. Events like these made an indelible mark on his appreciation, love and passion for the improvisational musical art form that has become known as JAZZ!
Mel Lipton was born in New York City in 1933 and he was there through the 40's and 50's, hearing most of the jazz greats live at venues such as The Royal Roost, Birdland, and Bop City. He moved to Miami from Houston, Texas, and became affiliated with the station in 1995. Going from a business career to becoming a jazz DJ was an opportunity he only fantasized about as he was a great fan of legendary Symphony Sid and the other great DJ's. He's a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans.
Born in Jamaica and bred on his country’s music – reggae - since he was a boy during the 1960’s, Flagga brings a wealth of first-hand experiences to his audience. He’s from the ‘old school’ and believes firmly that to effectively promote reggae it must be presented in all its forms – ska, rock steady, roots, lovers rock, etc. What he tends to ignore are the quick profit fluffs that use rehashed rhythms, lewd and violent elements as a ploy.