"[Isabella's] expressive, pristine vocals, which can mix a sense of vulnerability with resilience and joy, have become part of her effervescent signature sound in appearances in Connecticut clubs and festivals, along, of course, with her well-honed jazz piano playing, rooted in the knowledge and mastery she derived from her classical studies."  ~ Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor, August 19, 2015

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ISABELLA BRINGS BRAZIL TO NEW HAVEN - WNHH COMMUNITY RADIO & THE NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT
7 DECEMBER 2015 - By: Brian Slattery

Isabella's life was never without music. The running joke in the family is that the first word that I said was ‘piano,’” she said.  Click here to read full article and listen to live interview

TURNING POINT - WPI JOURNAL
12 NOVEMBER 2015 - By: Doreen Manning

There was no turning point for Isabella Mendes ’06 when it came to choosing between music and a more reliable career. Music was always a part of her life growing up, but so was ... Click here to read the full article

BRAZILIAN NATIVE ISABELLA MENDES SERVES A SLICE OF SAO PAULO AT THE NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL - WNPR  
19 AUGUST 2015 - By: Owen McNally

Just as she’s fluent and elegantly at ease in both Portuguese and English, the rising, young Brazilian-born, singer/songwriter and pianist Isabella Mendes is also much... click here to read the full article.

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"Mendes's original works, including the seven savory selections on her debt disc are mostly celebratory melodic pieces that warmly embrace jazz, Brazilian music, rock, pop, and the romantic traditions of classic American Songbook ballads, seasoned with a dash of original Mendes flair, feeling, sweetness, and light."  ~ Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor, August 19, 2015
 
"[Isabella's expressive, pristine vocals, which can mix a sense of vulnerability with resilience and joy, have become part of her effervescent signature sound in appearances in Connecticut clubs and festivals, along, of course, with her well-honed jazz piano playing, rooted in the knowledge and mastery she derived from her classical studies." ~ Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor, August 19, 2015
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Sambeleza Live! New CD released from my group Sambeleza - bassist and vocalist Jeff Fuller, guitarist Joe Carter and Isabella Mendes as the lead singer and pianist. This lively concert took place on the summer solstice - June 21, 2014 in a warm and intimate atmosphere of celebration and dance, led by supporters of WPKN 89.5FM, alternative radio in Connecticut's Fairfield County. Sambeleza and their wonderful guest artists Ali Ryerson, Adriano Santos, and Ze Mauricio engaged and entertained a crowd until well after the sun went down! My original song 'Blame Destiny' was featured in this CD. It is available through Sambeleza's website, iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. CD Photography by Lucy Q. Photography.