Nanny Assis is a Brazilian from Bahia, a master of bossa nova, forro and a myriad of African Brazilian sounds. He is a New York-based vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter. Nanny has just won best male vocalist for the Brazilian Press Music Awards 2017 and nominated for best show in New York also instrumentalist. He is quite simply a gifted artist, who has recently been awarded the lifetime achievement in Brazilian Jazz. He has toured internationally and performed with Paul Simon, Kenny Baron, Vinicius Cantauria, John Patitucci.
Nanny is an outstanding vocalist, drummer/percussionist and a talented songwriter who has touched hearts and souls through his music. Anybody that sees Nanny perform immediately feels his rhythms and notes often snatching audiences away, other times energising them enough to stand up and dance "and sweat until you can't sweat no more" to use Bob Marley's lyrics.
Nanny has been collaborating with vocalist Maggie Gould in New York and Maggie has her inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Ivan Lins, Chet Baker and Elaine Elias. Her music is described as soft, sultry, vocals with space, her performances have taken her to festivals Tauranga Jazz, Samoa, Monterey, Rome casa del Jazz festival, Venice to London clubs, and New York City, Zinc Jazz - recently at Viitellos Jazz, LA, Port Imperial Jazz Festival NYC.
The LA Times stated Maggie Gould was made for Bossa nova, sold-out shows at Jazz Forum New York she tells stories and enchants her audiences.
Maggie Gould whose extensive portfolio includes performances with The Orpheus Choir, alongside the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and winning parts in musical theatre shows Cats and Folies Berger. Maggie with Nanny Assis musical director has just released her CD Todo Amor at The Blue Note with music from Jobim, Bernstein, Stevie Wonder, Chet Baker to jazz standards. The jazz band is known to bring listeners to their feet, dancing until nightfall to rhythmic but soft Brazilian beats.
Maggie Gould has been performing and recording with Claude McKnight Grammy Award-winning vocalist from Take 6 with their new material.
Nanny Assis is recording his new CD in New York and just finished a sell out tour with Maggie Gould in New Zealand, performing regularly at Tara Iti the worlds no 2 Golf Resort.
They are Music Directors of Jazz Festivals their most recent success the Mangawhai Soul Festival 2020.
They have been invited to record and perform in late 2022 in Rome jazz festival with their new material.