Rosa Passos is one of the most respected Brazilian interpreters, considered by international music experts as one of the greatest singers in the world.
With her unique rhythmic jazz articulation, impeccable pitch, and personal reinterpretation of the Brazilian popular songbook, she has captivated the world throughout her career.
Born in Salvador, Rosa Passos has performed in over 38 countries across the 5 continents, gracing some of the biggest national and international jazz theaters and festivals. She has participated in numerous recordings with renowned international musicians, both in Europe and the United States. In New York, she recorded with Ron Carter, Paquito D’Rivera, and Chris Botti, in Paris with Henri Salvador, in Portugal with Rodrigo Leão, and in Spain, she recorded with actress Victoria Abril, among others.
To this day, Rosa remains the only Brazilian singer to have performed solo, with voice and guitar, at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2006, with the show sold out three weeks in advance.
Rosa Passos is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist beyond the label of Bossa Nova; she is, above all, a unique interpreter of good Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), with improvisational jazz skills, demanding high-quality music with harmony and melody.
According to the Spanish newspaper “El País,” “Nobody plays and sings Bossa Nova like Rosa Passos, since João Gilberto.”
She toured the world with the great Franco-American classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, promoting the album “Obrigado, Brazil,” one of the best-selling albums globally by the famous cellist. She performed in Paris with the great Henri Salvador in front of an audience of four thousand people. In China, she autographed 450 CDs in a single night after her performance. Moreover, she has been received and sung for King Juan Carlos in Madrid.
A constant presence in the American jazz circuit, Brazilian and international musicians and critics see Rosa Passos as a synonym for Brazilian musical quality.
In 2018, Rosa Passos released an album titled “Amanhã vai ser verão,” featuring only original songs and the participation of some of the greatest Brazilian musicians. Since then, and throughout the pandemic, she has released four more albums between Brazil and Europe, with live shows by Rosa Passos in Denmark and studio recordings in Brazil.
In March 2023, Rosa Passos performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, where she had a series of shows with Ron Carter and Kenny Baron, two of the greatest legends of American jazz, singing the songs of Tom Jobim. This same show, paying homage to Brazil’s supreme maestro, is touring Brazil. Rosa performs with her Brazilian musicians and explores Tom’s classic songbook, where she is considered one of his greatest interpreters.