Internationally renowned for her exhilarating vocals and keyboard artistry, Tania Maria's music is a stylish combination of jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban elements, and the popular music of her native Brazil. She has created an eclectic fusion that is her own unique brand of jazz and appeals to audiences around the world. Maria’s raw alto has set her apart in the jazz world, her voice sounding sometimes bossa songstress, sometimes Brazilian Aretha Franklin.
Tania Maria's first album Olha Quem Chega was released in Brazil in 1971, but it was a move to France in the late 1970’s that exploded Tania onto the international scene, bringing her to the attention of Concord Records. At a concert in Australia, her formidable musical precision and freewheeling spirit caught the attention of the late American guitarist, Charlie Byrd, who recommended her to the late Carl Jefferson, founder of Concord Records. At the time, Charlie Byrd remarked, “ Even then she was putting her own stamp on music. I was impressed.”
A move to New York followed and in 1983 she released the album Come with Me on Concord Records. The title track of which became a huge international smash hit, and is still played in soul and jazz clubs all over Europe, Japan and America.
Tania has most recently entered a particularly productive period in her career, as evidenced on 2000's Viva Brazil, 2002's Live At The Blue Note, and 2003's Outrageously Wild.