Sun., Feb. 22, 2009 / 10 pm
Carnaval is the annual festival held in Brazil during the four days before Ash Wednesday, the day of fasting and repentance that marks the beginning of Lent in the Roman Catholic calendar. It is related to Mardi Gras, which is celebrated during the same time of the year in Louisiana and other parts of the southern United States. The term "carnival," or in Portuguese - the native language of Brazil, "carnaval" - derives from the Latin carnelevare, "to remove meat," since during Lent many Catholics may abstain from eating meat and poultry, as well as indulging in other pleasures of the flesh.
Brazilian Carnaval originated in the city of Rio de Janeiro during the mid-seventeenth century and eventually spread throughout the country. Today Carnaval is characterized by scores of festive parades filled with elaborate floats and stunning (often racy) costumes, intense competitions among the many "samba schools" - large groups of dancing performers - and uninhibited public revelry.
Rio comes to WNTI when Just Jazz with Bob Bernotas celebrates Carnaval with five full hours of Brazilian jazz. From 10 pm to 3 am Eastern Time (US) Bob will present the music of Jobim, Bonfa, Donato, Gilberto, and more, as performed by the finest Brazilian and American jazz artists.