SELECTED PRESS CLIPS 

[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

Newsletters

18 JANUARY 2018 

BRAZILIAN SINGER BRINGS BOSSA NOVA PROJECT TO MILFORD CENTER

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 DECEMBER 2015

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. FULL ARTICLE & AUDIO HERE

19 AUGUST 2015

BRAZILIAN NATIVE ISABELLA MENDES SERVES A SLICE OF SÃO PAULO AT THE NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL

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

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.

JULY/AUGUST 2015

NEW HAVEN JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES FEMALE ARTISTS

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, 

12 NOVEMBER 2015

TURNING POINT - WPI JOURNAL
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... FULL ARTICLE HERE

23 JUNE 2017

BOSSA NOVA PROJECT KICKS OFF BRAZILIAN DAY

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

28 AUGUST 2015

SHOW REVIEW: THE KARRIN ALLYSON QUARTET/ISABELLA MENDES QUARTET JAZZ HAVEN: CELEBRATING WOMEN IN JAZZ

 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 

JUNE 2015

ISABELLA MENDES FAZ SUCESSO NOS ESTADOS UNIDOS COM JAZZ E BOSSA

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