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L aunched in mid-2014, the Brazilian Jazz Ensemble “Heartbeat Brazil” gets off to an incredible start.
After two completely sold-out show premieres at Typhoon restaurant and Vibrato Grill & Jazz, more than 2 hours of energetic, moving and sophisticated original music as well as truly innovative covers of songs by Ivan Lins and Caetano Veloso etc. — it was clear that something extraordinary had been born.

The audience included industry legends such as multi-platinum winning songwriter Allan Rich, Tony and Grammy nominated Songwriter, Brenda Russell – and the one and only Quincy Jones!!

Fast forward to the 2016 summer season: Susan Hartnett Davis, creative director of the Laguna Festival Of The Arts performance series declares HeartBeat Brazil’s show a summer favorite.  Pasadena Weekly chooses HeartBeat Brazil’s show as Pick Of The Week. The band gets featured on the KTLA 7 NEWS entertainment calendar. Next, nearly 1000 people flock to Descanso Gardens to enjoy the summer concert series and become fans of HeartBeat Brazil.

“A magnificent concert of the first order”
Grammy and Tony nominated songwriter/ singer Brenda Russell


Above: outstanding attendance and reception at Laguna Festival Of The Arts, Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Club, Catalina Jazz Club, Typhoon in Santa Monica during summer and fall of 2016. 

F ollowing the motto, “Community in Rhythm,” “HeartBeat Brazil” is an uplifting Brazilian extravaganza with energetic lightshow and video presentation – bringing the streets and culture and rhythm of Brazil to America.

The sounds of HeartBeat Brazil are inspired by the brazilian greats Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, Guinga and many others, drawing from a wide variety of Brazilian styles such as  Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Pop (MPB), Maracatu and Frevo.

HeartBeat Brazil’s show is an extraordinary and exciting event that captures the frenzy, energy and pulse of Brazil’s streets and it’s complex culture – with the strength and muscle of American popular music and jazz – masterfully blended together into a unique and accessible sound.

All 4 musicians of the Core band have performed and toured with the world’s biggest entertainers such as Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Brenda Russell, Jeffrey Osborne, Melissa Manchester and many others.

“Beautiful, original music in the Brazilian tradition.
The musicianship was superb.  Everyone enjoyed the night tremendously.
Let’s do it again soon!

Pat Senatore, artistic director of Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill & Jazz

Live Video Playlist

Uptempo Music Reel

Original Bossa_Studio Session

Exclusive Promotional Video

Immersive Downtempo Playlist

Brand New Studio Sessions

MEET THE MUSICIANS !!Steph_smileIMG_7514

STEPHAN OBERHOFF, Band Leader, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Percussion

Stephan’s decades of work and touring as musical director of music icons such as Melissa Manchester, Brenda Russell, Jeffrey Osborne (a small excerpt of an extensive list of music industry giants) and his more than 10 years of travel and studying in Brazil have culminated in the creation of HeartBeat Brazil.

Revered and beloved by an abundance of music industry legends and notables, Stephan has uniquely crisscrossed the worlds of producer, musician, songwriter, arranger, sound engineer – and consummate artist.
Recent production and studio credits include a long collaboration with the iconic producer, Quincy Jones and, most recently, with acclaimed artist and producer, Ron Dante.

Stephan reported that a deeply formative experience was a sold out show at House Of Blues in 1998 by Ivan Lins: “I suddenly felt as if I had wings – I knew in that very instant, that I wanted to share this experience with my own audience!
Brazil’s flowing, pulsing and joyous energy and the intense encounters with deep melodic and harmonic juxtaposition opened the creative floodgates for me – like nothing else before!! “

Read his full bio on his website: Stephan Oberhoff Introduction

Tinho_IMG_7433ROBERT KYLE, saxophone, flutes, percussion

Robert’s performance & recording credits include work with Cee Lo Green, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Jason Mraz, Chaka Khan, Michael Bolton, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Kenny Loggins, Brenda Russell, Lou Rawls, Seu Jorge, Googoosh, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell, Blake Shelton, Babyface, Della Reese, Chaka Khan, Francisco Aguabella, Pete Escovedo, Jessica Simpson, Al McKibbon, Billy Mitchell, Roy “Guitar” Gaines and many others.

It was the spontaneous improvisations at Stephan’s studio, called “Sound Baths” by Robert and Stephan, which led to many of the exciting new compositions performed by HeartBeat Brazil.

Much of the new material on the new CD “Applauding The Sunset” has been lovingly created by the two veteran writers.



Simon_IMG_7402SIMON CARROLL, percussion, drums

Simon is a music director, performer, and composer for Viver Brasil – an Afro Brazilian dance company.
He leads/co-leads bands MôForro (Brazilian Forró), Marbella (Original Brazilian Jazz-Pop), Os Zagueiros (Samba Rock/Samba Soul), and Bloco Nove (Brazilian Celebration Music), and is a member of Samba Society (Vintage Samba), and Delta Nove (World Funk).

Simon is a classically trained musician at California State University of Northridge in Orchestral Percussion, Jazz, and Composition.

He also holds the position of timpanist for the Música Angélica Baroque Orchestra, which tours internationally with the opera The Giacomo Variations, starring John Malkovich.




Matt_neutr_IMG_7551MATT COOKER, Violoncello

Master Cellist Matt Cooker holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan, where he played in master classes of Rostropovich and Piatigorsky.
A tenured member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Matt has also played in international orchestras in Sacramento, Toledo, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.

Matt’s teaching credentials include U of M extensions, ISOMATA, the Henry Mancini Institute, and CalArts. Matt Cooker is a veteran recording artist who has worked on over 500 major motion pictures and recorded for Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Neil Diamond, and many others.



Larry Steen 200x300LARRY STEEN, Electric and Acoustic Bass

First place winner of the esteemed International Society of Bassists’ Jazz Competition, Larry received a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), as well as a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami after attending the world renowned Berklee College of Music.

Larry has performed with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Barry Manilow, Melissa Manchester and Jimmy Buffet, as well as Brazilian artists Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Guinga and Chico Pinheiro, among others.

His accomplishments include two award-winning, world jazz releases, ‘First Move’ and ‘View From Afar’ featuring Ernie Watts, Dave Weckl, Robben Ford and Russell Ferrante.  He has also recorded on a plethora of other artists’ albums, as well as for film, TV and radio, including the nationally syndicated, radio show, A Prairie Home Companion.

He currently co-leads Sip of Soul, a soul-R&B project with his wife, vocalist Nikki Steen.



“Stephan Oberhoff is a musical visionary.
The sounds and songs of Brazil whispered to him — and Heartbeat Brazil was born.
Lush and luscious music are the songs of his heart.”

Melissa Manchester, Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning Singer / Songwriter


“To spend an evening in the company of HeartBeat Brazil is to be
magically transported to the center of Brazil’s musical soul!!”

Amanda McBroom, iconic cabaret performer and writer of “The Rose”



Important information about the band’s capability and technical infrastructure. Find information about Band Setups, Stage plots, Show Packages and more…



Find out how HeartBeat Brazil can present an engaging and fun, yet deeply informative learning experience to music student classes of all levels !



Find out about the new album, the source of almost all of HEARTBEAT BRAZIL’S material on this special page. The story behind the album, credits and session pics are all available: