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Jazz & Bossa Nova Band

Sambinha (Aka. ‘little samba’) is an accomplished Jazz band fronted by female vocalist Francesca Mondi. A Post-graduate student at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, Francesca is a seasoned performer of both Jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova.

Sambinha are a phenomenal four-piece Jazz band that can be reduced or expanded to suit your event: From a duo to seven-piece, Sambinha have a diverse range of performances from sophisticated ballads, to upbeat Brazilian grooves, gypsy swing, and 1920’s speakeasy style pop songs rearranged into a vintage theme. From American composer Cole Porter to songwriter Kate Bush, Sambinha take inspiration from the American songbook for influential songs. Sambinha can perform pop classics on request. The Jazz Band also have a special focus on Brazilian Bossa Nova and Samba from Jobim, Gilberto and Vinicius de Moraes.

Sambinha’s vocalist Francesca switches seamlessly from English to Portuguese, drawing both together in the most sophisticated and streamlined allowing a unique unexpected performance.

Saminha are a Jazz band that respects music, also displaying real craftmanship in their work. Sambinha like to keep a large amount of focus on the client, as the jazz band want to be able to cater to all. Sambinha will also tailor the set, clothing and audience engagement to specific brief, due to the bands wide-ranging repertoire. The Jazz Band will create a bespoke set list and dress code for your event. Previous examples include Vintage Brazilian café, Roaring 20’s and Classy Cocktail Jazz.

They have performed at prestigious venues across London including the V&A and Natural History Museums, The National Theatre, Thames river cruises, The Cutty Sark and at the Residence of the Brazilian Ambassador to London in Mayfair.

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Here’s what Jazz & Bossa Nova Band – Sambinha’s clients said:

“The music transforms the atmosphere, carrying us through the eras: from 1920’s speakeasy to Vintage Brazilian cafe!”
– Rosetta, The V&A Museum

“We were all impressed with you and your band’s performance at our christmas party. We all enjoyed ourselves and you helped make it a great party. We will definitely ask you back to play whenever we have a function!”
– Milan Dedic, Concept

“Just wanted to say thank you so much for the beautiful set last night, it was absolutley brilliant, everyone was totally immersed in the atmosphere, and your voice was so beautifully expressive. It was everything we could have asked for!”
– Jess Fisher, The Silver Sturgeon

“Francesca has a voice that you can rely on, she’s mesmerising, always on key, and she sets a feeling of luxury to an event. I chose Francesca due to her roots in Jazz, her Italian heritage (I work for Dolce & Gabbana) and her glamorous look. She made the event work, she had the crowd singing along and dancing and fulfilled every part of the brief – a consummate professional. I would strongly recommend booking Francesca for your next event, whether corporate, wedding or at your business.”
– Emily V., Dolce & Gabbana

“The band were fantastic. So professional and the sound was perfect. Everyone enjoyed the music, Francesca’s voice was great and the style worked really well with the evening!
– Maggie P.

The band were fantastic. Everyone enjoyed the music, her voice was great and the style worked really well with the evening!
– Debbie R., Corporate client

“Francesca performed with her trio at our Wedding. It was so fun and they also learnt and performed an amazing version of our favourite song! Such talented musicians who really showed us they’re willing to go the extra mile!”
– Kimi T., Bride

“Francesca Mondi wowed a jazz loving crowd at our charity fundraiser in North London. Her sultry vocals put her unique stamp on standards like ‘All of me’ and ‘My funny Valentine’ and she also introduced us to her own prodigious song-writing talent with tracks from her recently released album “Devil’s Door”. A very special evening.”
– Deborah M. (Charity Chair)


Jazz & Bossa Nova Band – Sambinha’s repertoire:

Jazz Standards:

All of Me
All the Things You Are
Anything Goes
Autumn Leaves
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Black Coffee
Blue Moon
Body and Soul
Can’t Help Loving That Man of Mine
Cry Me a River
Detour Ahead
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Easy Living
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Extenuate the Positive
Fly Me to the Moon
Georgia on My Mind
Honey Suckle Rose
Honeysuckle Rose
How High the Moon
I Fall in Love to Easily
I Get a Kick out of You
I Put a Spell on You
Is You is or is You Ain’t My Baby
It Don’t Mean a Thing
It Had to Be You
I’m in the Mood for Love
I’ve Got Rhythm
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Just Friends
Love Me or Leave Me
Lullaby of Birdland
Mac the Knife
Mean to Me
My Baby Just Cares for Me
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Night and Day
Peel Me a Grape
Prelude to a Kiss
Route 66
Someone to Watch over Me
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Take the a Train
Tea for Two
The Lady is a Tramp
The Man I Love
The More I See You
The Sunny Side of the Street
What is This Thing Called Love
When I Get Low I Get High
When You’re Smiling
Whisper Not
Why Don’t You Do Right
You Go to My Head
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
You’re Driving Me Crazy

Vintage Latin Lounge: Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz

So danco samba – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Triste – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Girl from Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Corcovado – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Este seu olhar- Antonio Carlos Jobim
Samba em preludio – Vinicio de Moraes
Wave – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Agua de Beber – Antonio Carlos Jobim
One note samba – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Song for my father – Horace Silver
Chega de saudade (No more Blues)- Antonio Carlos Jobim
O pato – Jayme Silva
Manha de carnaval
Desafinado- Antonio Carlos Jobim
Samba de orfeu- Luis Bonfa
A ra – Caetano Veloso
Estate- Bruno Martino

Samba, latin and Jazz funk:

Berimbau – Baden Powell
Oye como va – Santana
Mas que nada – Ben jor
Ronco De Cuica
Spain- Chick Corea
Canteloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Watermelon man- Herbie Hancock
I like it like that – Pete Rodriguez
Bésame Mucho
El manisero
Deixe Pra La
Aquarela do Brasil
Take it Easy My Brother Charlie – Ben Jor
Partido Alto
Nem Saudade- Eliana Pittman
500 Miles high – Chick Corea

Pop (Many performed and arranged in a more vintage style)

50’s and 60’s:
Hit the road Jack- Ray Charles
Love potion no.9- The Searchers
Twist and Shout – Beatles
I saw her standing there – Beatles
Strawberry Fields – Beatles
Michelle – Beatles
Take another little piece of my heart- Janis Joplin
Feeling good- Nina Simone

70’s & 80’s

Lovely day- Bill Withers
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Isn’t she Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Heard it through the Grapevine- Marvin Gaye
Sexual Healing- Marvin Gaye
Son of a Preacher Man- Dusty Springfield
Heart of Glass- Blondie
Grease is the word- Frankie Vallie
I want you back- Jackson 5
Dreams- Fleetwood Mac
Tainted love- Soft cell
Total eclipse of the heart- Bonnie Tyler
Wuthering Heights- Kate Bush
Billie Jean- Michael Jackson

90’s & 00’s

Smell’s like teen spirit- Nirvana
Creep- Radiohead
No Diggity- Blackstreet
Teenage Dirtbag- Wheatus
Can’t get you out of my head- Kyle Minogue
All about that bass- Meghan Trainor
Seven nation army – The White Stripes
Toxic – Britney Spears
Rehab – Amy Winehouse)
Stronger than me – Amy Winehouse
Back to Black- Amy Winehouse

2010- present:

Despacito- Justin Bieber
Feel it still- Portugal, the man
Havana- Camilla Cabello

I want to be like you- The Jungle book
Quando Quando- Tony Regis (Michael Buble)
Volare – Domenico Modugno (Dean Martin)
Tu vuo fa l’Americano- Renato Carosone


Jazz & Bossa Nova Band – Sambinha’s previous clients:

Britain thinks
The V&A Museum
The Natural History Museum
Brazilian Ambassador’s Residence in Mayfair
The Cutty Sark
Dolce & Gabbana
Shiseido Group
The Young Women’s Trust
The Silver Sturgeon

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