I’ve been to Carnegie Hall dozens of times, but have never heard the whole place — as we did tonight sitting in the $28 cheapest seats in the house — crooning in unison, the words to every song memorized and lovingly chanted from the rafters. Jazz superstar Milton Nascimento is a legend in his native Brazil, a small-town boy who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1984 with a midnight show. Clearly, he knows how to make the grand old lady swing to a different beat.
He played with only four musicians, without an intermission, offering almost two hours of non-stop entertainment — not bad at 67! He’s modest, low-key, and clearly dearly beloved by his fans. This New York City concert, his 18th in 15 cities, finished up his U.S. tour. I’m so glad we saw him.
He’s made 41 records. If you’ve never heard his music, which is lovely, here he is, singing.