The Marco Loucura Final Four is Set

As dramatic as the East Regional semifinals were on Friday night in New York City along with Sunday’s South Regional final decided in the last second down in Memphis, there were major shakeups in the Brazilian Fun Jazz brackets as well.

Starting with the Antonio Carlos Jobim Region, the 7 seed of Ulisses Rocha stepped up his game and stopped the 3 seed of Marcio Montarroyos and the 4 seed of April Aloisio cold in their tracks.

In the Halie Loren Regional, I am sure she is smiling from ear to ear that the top seed of Bianca Rossini outlasted a surprise upset bid from the 4 of Sabrina Malheiros (whom I bet was hoping that summer wasn’t ending in Brazil so quickly, while the Northern Hemisphere is hoping to eventually catch the annual spring fling with winter still firmly gripped in key parts of the northern United States).

Bianca then easily took care of the 11 seed of Pat Metheny and pretty much turned his music into virtual mush in earning her first Final Four online berth.

The other side of the bracket had the 3 seed of Walter Wanderley emerge unscathed out of the Milton Nascimento Regional, then easily bounced the top seed of Marisa Monte to claim his own Final Four online berth.  Poor Sherie Julianne, who came so far so fast again in 2017–but I am sure she will get another chance maybe next year.

Finally in the Oscar Castro Neves Region, all congratulations go out to Michael Franks for making it back for the second straight year.  Although Monica da Silva was impressive during her Sweet 16 run, it was just wasn’t meant to be.  Somehow, even Gisele de Santi tried her best fashion sense to outsmart Franks in the final moments–but it was that inner moxie that proved to be the difference and sent de Santi home for the summer.

So, your 2017 Brazilian Fun Jazz Final Four will include these semifinal match-ups:

7. Ulisses Rocha vs. 1. Bianca Rossini

3. Walter Wanderley vs. 1. Michael Franks

I bet similar to Oregon waiting for their first chance to cut down the nets since 1939 that true fans of Walter Wanderley are hoping this will finally be his year.  But for my virtual money, I hope Bianca Rossini comes through when it matters most.

Stick around and find out next weekend, and that is not an early April Fool’s joke.

Prior to the final game on Monday, April 3–my blog will be littered with pics of the finalists.  In the meantime, please look for a new album review from Eliane Elias and her Dance of Time album that will definitely give your dancing shoes a true workout.

Plus later on in the week, I am planning to do a short review of Lee Ritenour’s World of Brazil album.  See you all then, please make this week a great one.


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