Tetel Di Babuya – Meet Tetel – Arkadia Records

There are late bloomers in jazz, and then there is Tetel Di Babuya. You would never know it from listening to her delightful debut album, Meet Tetel, but it wasn’t until she was in her early twenties that the classically trained Brazilian singer-songwriter and violinist began performing jazz. When she recorded Meet Tetel with some top Brazilian jazz musicians, including pianist and arranger Daniel Grajew, she was only starting out as a vocalist – barely a year removed from an orchestral concert at which she sang for the very first time. Her debut album introduces listeners to Tetel’s musical inventiveness and compelling storytelling. Her unique style reflects the influence of Amy Winehouse and Ella Fitzgerald, while tapping into an emotional evocativeness reminiscent of Nina Simone, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, and the sensitivity of Melody Gardot, Madelaine Peyroux, and Norah Jones. Her songwriting is deeply personal, melodically original, and lyrically surprising, displaying a subtle and ironic sense of humor. Meet Tetel and discover a distinct and memorable vocalist and songwriter.