In Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, hidden in the residential neighborhood of Garcia, rests Aconchego da Zuzu, or “Cozy of Zuzu.” The restaurant serves traditional Bahian food, and hosts a trio of musicians playing Bossa Nova, Samba and Choro music every night. Some customers enjoy a four-course meal with their family, some share a few beers with friends, while others listen, sing and dance along with the music. Inside this restaurant, everyone is treated like family. Strangers pull their tables together, the servers sing along with the music, and sometimes, Zuzu herself, the 103-year-old owner, comes out from her house to dance the samba.
The restaurant’s unique spirit inspired Los Angeles musician, Dan Reckard, to found the trio Bossa Zuzu. With guitarist/vocalist Capital, percussionist José Gurria and Reckard on saxophone, the trio plays everything from recent popular Brazilian music and original compositions to reinterpretations of classic Bossa Nova songs. The trio strives for melody and simplicity. Bossa Zuzu’s unique instrumentation has a light, warm and intimate sound that makes the group compatible with everything from small cafés to big stages.
You can hear a Soundcloud sample of Bossa Zuzu's music here.