“[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
"...when you can span three generations in that way you know there is something special going on and the live performance only enhances that essence."
~ Raised By Gypsies
9 JULY 2019
THE NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT
9 JULY 2019 - By: KAREN PONZIO
“I’m so excited! Our spring recital is tomorrow!” said Isabella Mendes — the Hamden-based musician, songwriter, and staple of the New Haven jazz scene whose work is rooted in Brazilian jazz and Bossa nova — referring to the culmination of her music studio’s recent semester and the kick-off of a season’s worth of musical happenings. They are set to make the summer of 2019 one that could be referred to as the summer of Isabella Mendes.... FULL ARTICLE HERE
WNPR - NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
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... FULL ARTICLE HERE
18 JANUARY 2018
THE CT POST & NEW HAVEN REGISTER
18 JANUARY 2018 - By: Phyllis A.S. Boros
Structural engineering may have lost one of its bright young stars, but the Connecticut music scene has gained a passionate advocate of happy music that helps the world connect. Music triumphed, but it wasn’t always a sure thing, Isabella Mendes said in a recent telephone chat. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mendes came to the United States in 1999... FULL ARTICLE HERE
7 JULY 2017
ISABELLA MENDES & THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT
Isabella Mendes & The Bossa Nova Project performed at Levitt Pavilion tonight.The Brazilian singer-songwriter/pianist formed The Bossa Nova Project “with the intent to bring people together to share happiness through music,” according to her website.
By: The Arts Paper
Local Musician Isabella Mendes, Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson to Perform.
This year's New Haven Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 22, on the New Haven green, will celebrate Women in Jazz. Read Full Article Here,
NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT
23 JUNE 2017 - By: Brian Slattery
At 11:45 Friday there was almost no one on the New Haven Green. That changed in 15 minutes as the members of the Bossa Nova Project took the Green’s mainstage, starting off the second-to-last day of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. FULL ARTICLE HERE
Whether it was standing up and singing or sitting at the piano, Isabella Mendes played a great mix of music in her songs which were as told through stories lyrically as much as instrumentally. Read Full Review Here
By: Lúcio China
A cantora, compositora e instrumentalista Isabella vem fazendo um grande sucesso por onde se apresenta. To Read Full Article Click on Image Above