Debbie and I recently had the privilege of catching a number of performances by young Brazilian samba singer and piano wiz Daniel Santos at the wonderful historic Hotel Lutetia on Paris’s Left Bank. I can see Daniel striking gold on many fronts, from the best musical venues in the world to Broadway, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. He is indeed that good.
Not only is Daniel a commanding vocalist and pianist, but he also has a warm and engaging personality that allows for an instant bond with his audience. Debbie and I had an opportunity to get together with Daniel after several of his evening performances, as well as for breakfast one morning. Daniel’s knowledge of U.S. history and his interest in our politics were impressive. What an enormous amount of presence for a 24-year-old.
There is no doubt in my mind that a talent like Daniel Santos is going to draw the attention of a promotional heavyweight who will help him kick-start his already blossoming career. Andrew Loog Oldham (today living in Bogotá, Colombia), the original force behind the Rolling Stones, comes quickly to mind. Enjoy Daniel’s YouTube videos. And for the record, the French jazz group backing Daniel was super.
Moondance – Daniel Santos
High and Dry – Daniel Santos