Originally aired on NPR
Alfredo Viana was one of the superstars of the Brazilian musical style known as choro. The flautist and saxophonist, better known by the nickname Pixinguinha, pushed the boundaries of choro by incorporating jazz and ragtime into his compositions.
Hamilton de Holanda explores that connection on the new album Mundo de Pixinguinha — that is, “The World of Pixinguinha.” The Brazilian recorded with Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés, French accordionist Richard Galliano, and American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
“As I’ve traveled around the world in the past 10 years, I became friends with a few musicians, …