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The Sunday Conversation: Sergio Mendes
The Sunday Conversation: Sergio Mendes

Grammy winner Sergio Mendes, 70, one of Brazil's most famous exports, kicks off his 50th anniversary in the music business with a new album, "Celebration," compiling a half-century of hits; his first film score, the animated film "Rio"; and a special engagement at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood from Thursday through March 13. You started playing Brazilian nightclubs in the '50s just as bossa nova was emerging. Take us back to the beginning. When I was 18, there was a club in Rio de Janeiro called the Bottles Bar, and that's where I started playing. I had the Sergio Mendes Trio, and that became a place where musicians used to hang. And by that time,...

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