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Ivan Lins (2011)

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Rio de Janeiro-born Ivan Lins is a multiple-Latin-Grammy-winning composer, pianist and vocalist who has been an active performer in Brazilian popular music and jazz for over 30 years.

Music is lucky to have Ivan: he has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and once considered a career in volleyball before discovering his path in music.

Ivan's first hit, "Madalena", was recorded by Elis Regina in 1970, and in the decades since then his music has been covered by dozens of artists, vocalists and instrumentalists alike: everyone from Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald to Barbra Streisand, The Manhattan Transfer and Michael Bublé.

In 2005, Ivan won not one, but two Latin Grammy awards, both Best Brazilian Pop Record and Album of the Year for "Cantango histórias", which was the first, and remains the only, Brazilian—or Portuguese-language—winner in that category. As if to show that this wasn't a fluke, in 2009 he again won a Latin Grammy with his album "Ivan Lins and the Metropole Orchestra."
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Ettore Stratta and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Symphonic Tango Oblivión WEA International
# 2 Miles Davis Tutu Tutu Warner Bros
# 3 Dori Caymmi Dori Caymmi Obsession Elektra/Musician
# 4 Bill Evans Waltz for Debby Waltz for Debby Riverside
# 5 Michel Legrand Legrand Jazz 'Round Midnight Philips
# 6 Sarah Vaughan and Michel Legrand Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? Mainstream
# 7 Pat Metheny Group First Circle First Circle ECM
# 8 Banda Guanabara Banda Guanabara Missing Miles Novodisk
         
Book A Portuguese-Mandarin dictionary
         
Luxury Item "A piano and my fishing equipment"
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