My music playlist for today (July 17, 2012 edition)

My “Latino week” continues in the playlist’s jazz-fusion category by going to Brazil and finding drummer/percussionist Airto Moreira and his wife, Flora Purim.

Flora Purim and Airto Moreira

Moreira was already making a name for himself professionally in Brazil before following Flora (known as the “Queen of Brazilian jazz”) to America after she found herself frustrated by a crackdown on freedoms in their native country.

The move paid off for both of them.  Electric jazz was starting to take root and blossom when they arrived, and Airto and Flora got in with some of the pioneers of what would become known as fusion, playing with Joe Zawinul, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and they’ve both gone on to play with even more of the greatest names in jazz and rock music history, becoming a part of Weather Report and Return To Forever.

In September 2002, they received one of Brazil’s highest honors by being named to the “Order of Rio Branco.”

Their legacy will continue through their daughter as well, singer Diana Moreira.

Their legacy is rich in music that stirs the soul.

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Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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