Maria Mendes prepares a disc in which she adapts to jazz the most famous fados in Portugal

The singer Maria Mendes will release her third album with a novelty: the participation of Metropole Orkest, the largest symphony orchestra of jazz & pop in the world, under the regency of the American pianist and conductor John Beasley, who will also be the musical producer of this new work of the artist. Winner of three Grammys, the orchestra has played with great music personalities such as Tony Bennet, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, and Gregory Porter, among others.

Totally dedicated to fado, the new album by Maria Mendes brings jazz adaptations of songs immortalized by Amália Rodrigues, as well as instrumental fados by Carlos Paredes and a track especially composed by Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal.

“The songs will have a modern approach, with jazz and symphonic, never experienced before, and with the great participation of Metropole Orkest that, for the first time, records with a Portuguese artist,” says Maria Mendes. She explains the project for the disc at, due out in October this year.

The album, which has yet to be named, is being made thanks to a funding request launched several months ago on the internet and soon to close, available at

Maria Mendes, who was born in Porto, from the age of three, dreamed of being a singer. He began his professional career at age 12 when he participated in the musical group that was part of the Batatoon children’s program, a TVI hit from 1998 to 2002. His passion for classical music for jazz was a major leap. Successful size has made one of his songs, “Inverso”, included in the “Green Gold” novel, which won the International Emmy.

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