Irene and Her Latin Jazz Band

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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: September 22    

Interview from Smooth

You’ve just released your second CD. “A Song of You,” which, as with your first project, “Summer Samba,” is a rich tapestry of Brazilian and Latin tunes and rhythms. What brought about the focus for you on this enticing genre of music?

When I started taking singing lessons about eight years ago, I was singing a lot of jazz standards; The Great American Songbook. I began to get bored with that style and started asking my music teacher to add Latin rhythms to those songs on his keyboard when I was singing them. That made it a lot more for fun for me. From there the natural course of events was that I got a book of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and starting learning some of them....
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17 Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year - Latin 19 Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Nomination for Jazz Artist of the Year
BOSTON POST-GAZETTE November 16, 2007

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Irene Nachreiner began as a traditional jazz vocalist singing classic standards from the Great American Songbook, until she met the core member of her band who are from Brazil and Argentina. The chemistry of these two musicians with Irene worked so well, that a decision was made to create Summer Samba, a debut album of smooth Latin jazz. The results are rewarding. Cuts of note include the addictive “Sway,” trailed by the sultry “Summer Samba (So Nice),” the classic “Whatever Lola Wants,” Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Waters of March,” the floating “Little Boat,” and Sergio Mendes’ brilliant “So Many Stars.” The smooth sway of “Samba Saravah” maintains the mood, followed by the standard “Bésame Mucho,” plus Jobim’s “One Note Samba,” shaping Cole Porter’s “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” into a Latin beauty, and puts the finishing touches on a sensuous album with Irving Berlin’s “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.” This outstanding album is available at and, along with several digital download locations. A most enjoyable event!

”All About Jazz”

by George Harris December 2007/Vol. 5 No. 11

If your idea of heaven is Brazilian music of he bossa nova vein, you've just passed through Saint Peter's gates with Summer Samba. Sweet-voiced Irene sways through a cornucopia of '60s samba with a slick, light and glossy band.

Songs like Jobim's “One Note Samba” and “Waters of March” evoke images of Brazil, with Irene's infectious pop treatment of these tunes from the great South American songbook. Songs that we've grown accustomed to that have even a hint of samba flavor like “Whatever Lola Wants” are treated with a twinkle in the eye with the extra groove kicking in.

What catches ones ear with a raised eyebrow are her wonderful Brazilian additions to songs like “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” and “Let's Face the Music and Dance.”

Just as Count Basie and Benny Goodman could swing anything that would come their way, Irene transforms these Tin Pan Alley tunes into snappy and infectious salsas.

Cheerful, bright and optimistic, Irene can't help but cheer you up if you're down in the dumps or feeling the blues. Summer Samba is a great recording to start and if you've ever wondered what drove the music world mad in the '60s besides the Beatles pick up a copy of your own for a taste of summer in the winter.



Irene & Her Latin Jazz Band - Summer Samba [VRC 8201]

There are few review CDs that I receive which are so good that I play them twice in a row - but this is most definitely one of them. With winter looming here over the UK and only long gloomy days ahead to look forward to, the dazzling sunshine of this album of sambas and Latin jazz is a most welcome attraction.

Irene Nachreiner is an established jazz singer who has been drawn to Latin music in recent years and this, her debut album, is the result of meeting a small group of musicians from Brazil and Argentina who also match her enthusiasm for the samba. Think the classic Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz recordings, but sung much more warmly and with great humour.

The fourteen tracks mix original sambas along with 'Great American Songbook' tunes such as My Heart Belongs To Daddy, Let's Face The Music And Dance and Whatever Lola Wants, all given the samba treatment.

Irene's vocals dance over the Latin rhythms, adding a warm sensuality that draws the listener in, inviting them onto that golden beach and relaxing with long cold drinks. If there was ever an album full of good vibes then this is it, great for parties and for relaxing to. Easily one of my albums of the year and a winter warmer!

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