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Leny de Andrade Lima, known professionally as Leny Andrade, was born in Rio de Janeiro, on January 26, 1943, and is a Brazilian singer and musician. Both Andrade's first and last names are sometimes misspelled in English as "Lenn", "Leni", and "Adrade"[citation needed]. She has had several hits on the Brazilian charts. In 2007 she shared a Latin Grammy Award with Cesar Camargo Mariano for Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album, Ao Vivo.

Leny Andrade
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Leny Andrade (1961)
Background information
Birth nameLeny de Andrade Lima
Born(1943-01-26)January 26, 1943
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
GenresBrazilian jazz, Latin jazz
Years active1960s–2000s

She began her career singing in clubs, lived five years in Mexico, and spent a good part of her life living in the United States and Europe. She studied piano at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music.

She has performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Luiz Eça, Dick Farney, João Donato, Eumir Deodato, Pery Ribeiro, and Francis Hime. Andrade's style is a synthesis of samba and jazz.


She has been described by Tony Bennett as the "Ella Fitzgerald of Brazil" and others have compared her to the late Sarah Vaughan.[1] In Europe where she toured, she was the Brazilian First Lady of Jazz, building a huge fan base in the Netherlands and Italy. She recorded the album Embraceable You in July 1991 at Volendam, the Netherlands.[2]

Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote of Andrade's performance at Birdland on August 27, 2008, "To describe Ms. Andrade as both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova only goes so far in evoking a performer whose voice seems to contain the body and soul of Brazil. You may think you know "The Girl from Ipanema", the final number in the show's opening medley of Jobim songs. But you haven't really absorbed it until you've heard Ms. Andrade sing it in Portuguese; disgorge might be a better word than sing, since, like everything else she performs, it seems to well up from the center of the earth."[3]


  • A Sensacao (RCA, 1961)
  • A Arte Maior de Leny Andrade (Polydor, 1963)
  • Gemini V with Pery Ribeiro (Odeon, 1965)
  • Estamos Ai (Odeon, 1965)
  • Gemini V en Mexico with Pery Ribeiro (Odeon, 1966)
  • Leny Andrade (RVV, 1968)
  • Gemini Cinco Anos Depois with Pery Ribeiro (Odeon, 1972)
  • Alvoroco (Odeon, 1973)
  • Leny Andrade (Odeon, 1975)
  • Registro (CBS, 1979)
  • Leny Andrade (Pointer, 1984)
  • Cartola 80 Anos (Pan Producoes Artisticas, 1987)
  • Luz Neon (Eldorado, 1989)
  • Eu Quero Ver (Eldorado, 1990)
  • Bossa Nova (Eldorado, 1991)
  • Embraceable You (Timeless, 1991)
  • Nos with Cesar Camargo Mariano (Velas, 1993)
  • Maiden Voyage with Fred Hersch (Chesky, 1994)
  • Coisa Fina with Romero Lubambo (Perfil Musical, 1994)
  • Letra & Musica: Antonio Carlos Jobim with Cristovao Bastos (Lumiar Discos, 1995)
  • Luz Negra: Nelson Cavaquinho por Leny Andrade (Velas, 1995)
  • Bossas Novas (Albatroz, 1998)
  • Seja Voce (Albatroz, 2001)
  • Canta Altay Veloso (Obi Music, 2002)
  • Lua Do Arpoador with Romero Lubambo (Biscoito Fino, 2006)
  • Ao Vivo (Albatroz, 2012)
  • As Cancoes Do Rei (Albatroz, 2013)
  • Iluminados – Leny Andrade sings Ivan Lins & Vítor Martins (2014)
  • Alegria De Viver with Roni Ben-Hur (Motema, 2014)
  • Canta Fred Falcao: Bossa Nova (Biscoito Fino, 2018)
  • Alma Mia (Fina Flor, 2019)


  1. ^ Jarnes, Mark (20 February 2011). "Brazilian diva to give Tokyo a valentine". The Japan Times. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ Slater, Russ (30 July 2010). "Leny Andrade returns to Birdland". Sounds and Colours. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (28 August 2008). "The Brazilian Singer Leny Andrade Summons the Woman From Ipanema at Birdland". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

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