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Artist Profiles: Richard Bona

Richard Bona

Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo, better known as Richard Bona, was born October 28, 1967 in Minta, a village in central Cameroon. From the moment of Richard Bona’s birth, music has been the center of his world. He is the grandson of a famous percussionist and singer.

Beginning with the music his mother and four sisters sang in church every Sunday, Bona gained an early passion for sounds and harmony. He joined the choir at age 5, and soon Bona’s family realized they had a musical prodigy among them. Richard has a highly unusual gift — he only has to look intently at someone playing, and he can learn the instrument.

Not blessed with traditional instruments, Bona found creative ways of making instruments for himself, including reed flutes, a large balafon, wooden percussion instruments and a 12-string guitar. “I hung around the workshops where they repaired bicycles,” Bona recalls, “and as soon as the guys turned their backs, I’d put brake-cables in my pocket for my prototype.”

Rehearsing for eight to 12 hours per day, Bona honed his skills. He performed as a singer and a multi-instrumentalist in a range of religious ceremonies, and soon he became known beyond his village for his musical virtuosity. At age 11, Bona went with his father to Duala, sea-port city with nearly 2 million residents. Bona quickly found his first job, as a guitarist with a dance group.

In 1980, the French owner of a local club gave him the task of setting up a small, jazz-inspired group (with soul-jazz and jazz-rock leanings). Meanwhile, he entrusted Bona with a collection of some 500 vinyl albums. Through these albums, Bona discovered the essence of jazz -the freedom, complexity and virtuosity of the music invented by the American descendants of his forebears. “That’s how I came across the Jaco Pastorius album, the first one, the one with his name on it (Jaco Pastorius, Columbia, 1976), and I never looked back,” Bona says. “When I started listening to it, I wondered for a moment if I’d got the speed wrong – I thought I was playing it at 45 rpm instead, and I even took a look. Before Jaco, I’d never thought of playing bass.”

Cleary, the influence was strong enough to hold. In 1989, when Bona was 22, he left Africa for Paris, where he quickly built a solid reputation. He played with Didier Lockwood, Marc Fosset and Andre Ceccarelli, and took part in studio sessions with leading musicians such as Manu Dibango, Salif Keita and Joe Zawinul (My People, 1992.)

In 1995, Bona followed the footsteps of singer Angelique Kidjo, whom he also accompanied, by crossing the ocean and settling in New York. He quickly hooked up with Zawinul again, and he was invited to accompany Zawinul on a world tour. Bona’s talents continue to gain notice in the world music community. The list of musicians who have played with Bona looks like the roster from the musicians’ hall of fame.

Bona also joined forces with Zawinul again in 1998, when he sang and played bass and percussion on Zawinul’s world tour; and when Bona played the same role on Zawinul’s album, Faces & Places. In addition, Branford Marsalis recommended Bona to play on the first compact disc by Frank McComb, the singer from the Buckshot Le Fonque group (the funk side of the elder of the Marsalis Brothers). The album was produced by Columbia, and a few months later, the label gave Richard the chance to create his first album as the leader.

Bona’s first three albums – Scenes from My Life, Reverence and Munia – allowed listeners to discover a great storyteller and musician. His style blends a horde of influences, including jazz, bossa nova, pop, afro-beat, traditional song and funk. Munia (The Tale) features Malian star Salif Keita as a guest. Keita cowrote the track “Kalabankoro.”

This unique combination has given Bona’s music a new dimension, one that is unexplored yet genuinely universal. As Bona says, “I play the bass, but I am not just a jazz bass player.” Bona’s fans around the world have their own moniker derived from his unique style, referring to him as “The African ‘Sting.’ ”

On Tiki (2006), recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Bona surrounded himself with old friends and special guests, including ATN Stadwijk, Vinnie Colauita, Susheela Raman, Djavan, Mike Stern and Gil Goldstein.

The collaboration Toto Bona Lokua features Richard Bona along with Gerald Toto and Lokua Kanza. They have released two albums.


Scenes from My Life (Columbia Jazz, 1999)
Reverence (Columbia Jazz, 2001)
Munia (Universal Music France, 2003)
Toto Bona Lokua, with Gerald Toto and Lokua Kanza (No Format!, 2004)
Tiki (Universal Music France, 2005)
The Ten Shades of Blues (Universal Jazz France, 2009)
Bonafied (Universal Jazz France, 2013)
Heritage, with Mandekan Cubano (Qwest Records, 2016)
Bona Makes You Sweat (Universal Jazz France, 2008)
Bondeko, with Gerald Toto and Lokua Kanza (No Format!, 2017)


Artist Profiles: Gino Sitson

Gino Sitson

Gino Sitson is a Cameroonian who is considered a jazz singer, yet sings mostly in his native Bamileke language. His phrasing reminds one of Bobby McFerrin or Al Jarreau.

He is the only singer incorporating indigenous African polyphonic technique into the jazz vocal tradition, and not only that, his musical, as opposed to lyrical, compositions constantly plays with both traditions.

While living in France, major musical names like Manu Dibango, Jorge Ben, Papa Wemba, Ray Lema and John Williams all employed him to take a lead singing role in their projects.

Gino Sitson moved to New York City in 2001.


Vocal Deliria
Song Zin’… Vocadelic Tales (2000)
Bamisphere, with Ron Carter (Polyvocal Records, 2005).
Way to Go (Alessa Records, 2009)
Listen – Vocal Deliria II (Buda Musique, 2013)
VoiStrings (Buda Musique, 2013)
Body & Voice (Buda Musique, 2016)


Artist Profiles: Francis Mbappe

Francis Mbappe

A native of Cameroon, Francis Mbappe is a talented bassist who has graced the stage with musical greats such as Herbie Hancock, Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti, Ashanti Tokoto, Francois Louga, and Ernesto Djedje.

By the age of nineteen Mbappe was bass player and musical director for Manu Dibango’s band, with whom he toured extensively from 1982 until 1990. He appears on the albums Surtension, Abele Dance, Baobab Sunset and the renowned Wakafrika release which also featured Peter Gabriel, Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita, and King Sunny Ade.

Upon arrival to New York City in the 1990s, Francis started the band FM Tribe with some of the most exciting, innovative players around. With funk in the conception, rock in the attitude, swing in the movement and soul in the spirit, Francis Mbappe led his band FM Tribe through the New York City music circuit and recorded a stylistically revolutionary album entitled Need Somebody.

Before becoming one of New York’s most sought after bass players, Francis also co-produced and arranged the album Guido Vittale for Koning Plank, featuring Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, as well as working on music for the film Young Maestro, featuring Elizabeth Taylor and directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

Francis Mbappe also runs his music production company FM Groove Inc., bringing people of different races, educations and backgrounds together in an attempt to unify people through acts of artistic expression.


Need Somebody (FM Groove, 2000)
Celebration (FM Groove, 2005)
Seeds of Djuke (liveWired Music, 2009)
Peace is Freedom (FM Groove, 2010)


Artist Profiles: Vinicius Cantuaria

Vinicius Cantuaria

Renowned Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist and percussionist, Vinicius Cantuaria was April 29, 1951 in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. He has garnered widespread acclaim based on his precise guitar playing, world-class songwriting, and seductive Portuguese language vocals. As a composer, Cantuaria has had his music recorded by many of the top popular artists in Brazil, including Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, among others.

Cantuaria moved deom Brazil’s Amazon region to Rio de Janeiro to play drums with O Terco, one of the legendary bands (together with Os Mutantes and Sagrado Coracao da Terra) of Brazilian progressive rock.

The music that Cantuaria created over the 1990s decade represents a bridge between classic bossa nova and the hip 21st Century variations on the Tropicalia sound coming out of Rio De Janeiro, New York City and Tokyo.

In a career that has spanned more than three decades, Cantuaria has both absorbed tradition and broken all the rules. While living in Rio, he performed alongside Brazilian superstars Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, for whom he wrote Caetano’?s first million-selling hit, Lua e Estrella.

After moving to New York City in 1995 to pursue his solo career, Cantuaria has been relentlessly sought after as a percussionist and guitarist by cutting edge figures in rock, jazz, world music and performance art like Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Bill Frisell, Angelique Kidjo and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Most of these illustrious collaborators have returned his favors by appearing on the albums in which Cantuaria, possessed of a seductively gentle voice, takes center stage.


Vinícius Cantuária (1982)
Gávea de Manhã (1983)
Sutis Diferenças (1984)
Siga-me (1985)
Nu Brasil (1986)
Rio Negro (1991)
Sol Na Cara (Gramavision, 1996)
Amor Brasileiro (1998)
Tucumã (Verve/Polygram, 1999)
Vinicius (Transparent, 2001)
Live: Skirball Center (Kufala, 2003)
Horse and Fish (Bar/None, 2004)
Silva (Hannibal, 2005)
Cymbals (Naïve, 2007)
Samba Carioca (Naïve, 2009)
Lágrimas Mexicanas, with Bill Frisell (Naïve, 2011)
Índio de Apartamento (Naïve, 2013)
RSVC, with Ricardo Silveira (Adventure Music, 2013)
Vinícius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (Sunnyside, 2015)


State of the Art Guitars and Happy Times for Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola – Opus (earMUSIC, 2018)

Although Al Di Meola became famous as an outstanding and pioneering jazz-rock fusion guitarist, he’s demonstrated throughout the years that his music goes much further, crossing numerous musical boundaries. Opus is a very special album. Here, Al Di Meola showcases his talent as a musician and composer in various ways.

Musically, Al Di Meola treats the listener to an exquisite set of original shape-shifting pieces where you’ll find jazz, fusion, classical, Italian music, flamenco and Argentine musical influences.
More impressive is the fact that Al Di Meola plays practically every instrument on the album. In addition to guitars, he also plays percussion, keyboards and bass and does a great job indeed. In a handful of tracks, Al Di Meola has guest musicians on piano, keyboards and drums.

The recording of the guitars is pure delight. On every track you’ll hear a mix of guitars all played by Al Di Meola. The mixing lets you enjoy guitars on different channels, delivering masterful interplay. In addition, he adds soft ambient electric guitar effects that coat lightly the acoustic guitar sounds.

Al Di Meola uses his favorite Conde Hermanos acoustic nylon guitar throughout the album along with his trademark spectacular electric guitar solos. Conde Hermanos make some of the best guitars in the world and they sound splendid in Al Di Meola’s hands.

With Opus, I wanted to further my compositional skills as I think that the evolution of this part of my persona has labelled me more composer-guitarist than guitarist-composer”, articulates Di Meola. “For the first time in my life, I have written music being happy, I’m in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspires me every day. I believe it shows in the music.”



Opus features Al Di Meola on guitars, cajon, snare, toms, drums, bass, electric effects; Kemuel Roig on acoustic piano; Dario Eskenazi on keyboards; Richie Morales on drums; and Rhani Krija on percussion.

Opus is a magnificently-crafted, genre defying album by one of the finest guitarists in the world, Al Di Meola.

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Artist Profiles: Alfredo Rodríguez

Alfredo Rodríguez

Composer and pianist Alfredo Rodríguez was born October 7, 1985 in Havana, Cuba.

Alfredo has a solid musical background. He began studying percussion at the age of 7 but his real passion was the piano and that’s what he finally chose. He studied at the Manuel Saumell, Amadeo Roldán conservatories and at the Higher Institute of Art of Havana.

His first major performance took place in 2006, at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, where he was discovered by acclaimed music producer Quincy Jones who proposed to be his manager. Three years later, in 2009, after crossing the border from Mexico with the United States, Alfredo Rodríguez Jr. moved to the United States and began a new phase in his life, guided and produced by the influential Quincy Jones.

Alfredo’s debut album, Sounds of Space, produced by Jones himself, was released in 2012.

His second album, also co-produced by his mentor Quincy Jones, The Invasion Parade, came out in 2014. The Invasion Parade explores his memories of Cuba, the people and culture he left behind, and finds his new place. Guests include bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martínez.


Sounds of Space (Mack Avenue, 2012)
The Invasion Parade (Mack Avenue Records, 2014)
Tocororo ‎(Mack Avenue MAC1109, 2016)
The Little Dream ‎(Mack Avenue MAC1130, 2018)


Artist Profiles: Eliane Elias

Eliane Elias

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Eliane Elias learned the piano at age 7, and was already transcribing heaping solo portions of her parents’ jazz records by the age of 12.

After studying for 6 years (and teaching by age 15) at Brazil’s prestigious Free Center of Music Apprenticeship, where she learned to hone her incredible improvisational skills, she continued her classical education with Amilton Godoy and Amoral Vieria. She was also the protege of Vinicius de Moraes, lyricist and songwriting partner of Antonio Carios Jobim, a huge influence on Eliane’s work and master of the Brazilian Bossa Nova movement that indelibly influenced many American songwriters.

By age 17, she was touring with the best bossa nova composers and interpreters the world had to offer, composing her own pieces and performing at jazz dubs regularly. It was during this period she was befriended by jazz bassist Eddie Gomez and encouraged to come to New York City where she could showcase her incredible talent to the world.

Eliane moved to New York in 1981 and studied privately with Olegna Fuschi at the Julliard School of Music, eventually joining jazz ‘supergroup’ Steps Ahead (whose members included Gomez, Michael Brecker, Peter Ersta’ne and Mike Mainieri).

Signed to Blue Note Records in 1986, after releasing her debut album Amanda (named after her daughter), Eliane would ultimately become the label’s most prolific and enduring artist, delivering 15 albums, mostly instrumental – a great deal of them topping Billboard’s Jazz charts, including 1995’s Grammy nominated Solos & Duets, featuring Herbie Hancock, and 1998’s vocal turning-point, Sings Jobim, her first full-length venture into the vocal arena (and a follow-up to her earlier tribute to the master, Eliane Elias Plays Jobim).

Eliane signed with RCA/Bluebird Jazz in 2002, releasing the sultry Kissed by Nature. 2004’s Dreamer was her second album for the new label, where Eliane’s vocal work was just beginning. “Once I began singing more, fans would actually come up to me afterwards and ask me to please sing more in future shows. I also began to realize there was a technical side to it as fascinating as the piano. What I loved about working on Around The City is that there are songs where I stretch my abilities with both playing and singing.”

Around the City (2006) found her backed by Randy Brecker. Marc Johnson, Oscar-Castro Neves, Paulo Braga. Paulinho da Costa and many more.

Elias returned to Blue Note/ EMI in 2007 with Something for You, a tribute to the music of Bill Evans.

2008 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Bossa Nova. In celebration of this event, Elias recorded Bossa Nova Stories, featuring some of the landmark songs of Brazil with American classic and pop standards, exquisitely performed as only she can, with lush romantic vocals and exciting playing accompanied by a stellar rhythm section and strings recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London

Bossa Nova Stories (2009) was another best selling album. EMI Japan released Eliane’s first live instrumental recording in July 2009. The CD is called Eliane Elias Plays Live. It was recorded on May 31, 2002 in Amsterdam and is an all instrumental trio recording, featuring Eliane on piano, Marc Johnson on bass and Joey Baron on drums.

In May 2011, Eliane Elias released “Light My Fire.” Gilberto Gil appeared on three tunes, bassist Marc Johnson played on every track and Amanda Brecker made a guest vocalist appearance. Eliane went beyond bossa nova, incorporating different Afro-Brazilian rhythms from the northeast of Brazil to many of the songs.

On May 28, 2013 Concord Jazz released Elias’ I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker), an album that offered her personalized version on the work of a key American jazz artist.

The album Made in Brazil won the Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award. Made in Brazil, released on March 31, 2015 on Concord Jazz, marked a musical for Elias. it was her recording in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981.

On March 24, 2017, Eliane released Dance of Time (Concord Jazz). The album features pianist Amilton Godoy, singer-songwriting guitarists João Bosco and Toquinho from Brazil, trumpeter Randy Brecker, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and singer Mark Kibble from the United States. Dance of Time celebrates certain people who were integral in Elias’ early artistic journey in both Brazil and the U.S. Dance of Time also applauds the samba, a genre originating from Bahia.


Amanda (Passport Jazz, 1985)
Illusions (Denon, 1986)
Cross Currents (Blue Note, 1987)
So Far So Close (Blue Note, 1989)
Eliane Elias Plays Jobim (Blue Note, 1990)
A Long Story (Manhattan, 1991)
Fantasia (Blue Note, 1992)
Paulistana (Blue Note, 1993)
On the Classical Side (EMI Classics, 1993)
Solos and Duets (Blue Note, 1994)
The Three Americas (Blue Note, 1996)
Impulsive! (Stunt, 1997)
Eliane Elias Sings Jobim (Blue Note, 1998)
Everything I Love (Blue Note, 2000)
Kissed By Nature (RCA Bluebird, 2002)
Dreamer (Bluebird, 2004)
Around the City (RCA Victor, 2006)
Something for You: Eliane Elias Sings & Plays Bill Evans (Blue Note, 2008)
Bossa Nova Stories (Blue Note, 2008)
Eliane Elias Plays Live (Somethin’ Else/EMI, 2009)
Light My Fire (Concord Picante, 2011)
Swept Away (ECM, 2012)
I Thought About You (Concord, 2013)
Made in Brazil (Concord, 2015)
Dance of Time (Concord, 2017)


Artist Profiles: Egberto Gismonti

Egberto Gismonti

The son of a Lebanese father and a Sicilian mother, Gismonti was born in 1947 in the small Brazilian town of Carmo. He studied piano from the age of five and learned, initially, to play and compose music in the European tradition. In Paris, he studied with Nadia Boulanger and with composer Jean Barraqué (1928-1973) whose severe and fanatically-complex serial music is far removed from the joyous energies of Gismonit’s subsequent work. Boulanger encouraged him to make musical use of his heritage.

Back in Brazil, he turned his attention to local choro music and the guitar.Coming late to the guitar, Gismonti brought to the instrument the virtuosity that characterized his piano playing. Two-handed interweaving of independent lines, fast runs, dramatic bass registers and rapid ostinati are part of his technique. Originally playing classical guitar, he switched to an 8-string instrument in 1973, gradually working his way up to a 10 and 14 string instruments that he designed himself.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Gismonti was involved in many cross-cultural projects with musicians of other nationalities, of which the trio albums with Haden and Garbarek are the most enduring.

Better known as a jazz guitarist outside of Brazil, Gismonti recorded several innovative keyboard based albums in the 1980s. In some cases it was pure electronic music. In others, he combined advanced technology with acoustic instruments. Some of these outstanding recordings, Fantasia, Cidade Coracao, have not been available outside of Brazil

In the 1990s, however, he recommitted himself wholeheartedly to the Brazilian cause. “In the end you have to decide whether you want to be involved forever in ‘cultural exchange’ or if you want to try and develop your own culture.”

In the late 1990s, Gismonti composed symphonic pieces. He worked with the Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra for the recording of his Meeting Point album.

In 2009, Egberto Gismonti released the double album Saudações. Egberto Gismonti explained: “Saudações means greetings, salutations, saludos, saluti. The greetings followed a long absence on record, marking his first appearance on ECM Records in 14 years. Although he had been active as a touring musician in the interim and continued to produce recordings by other artists for his Brazilian Carmo label (Saudações was a co-production of ECM and Carmo). On disc one, Gismonty presented the seven-part suite “Sertões Veredas,” recorded in Havana with the acclaimed Camaerata Romeu, and disc two, a program of guitar duets and solos, recorded in Rio de Janeiro with Egberto and his son Alexandre.


Egberto Gismonti (Elenco, 1969)
Sonho ’70 (Polydor, 1970)
Orfeo Novo (MPS, 1970)
Água e Vinho (EMI-Odeon, 1972)[5]
Egberto Gismonti (EMI-Odeon, 1973)
Árvore (Decca/ECM, 1973)
Academia de Danças (EMI, 1974)
Corações Futuristas (Odeon, 1976)
Carmo (EMI, 1977)
Dança das Cabeças (ECM, 1977) with Naná Vasconcelos
Nó Caipira (Odeon, 1978)
Sol do Meio Dia (ECM, 1978)
Solo (ECM, 1979)
Mágico (ECM, 1979) with Charlie Haden and Jan Garbarek
Circense (1980)
Folk Songs (ECM, 1981) with Charlie Haden and Jan Garbarek
Sanfona (ECM, 1981) solo and with Academia de Dancas
Em Família (EMI, 1981)
Fantasia (1982)
Cidade Coração (1983)
Bandeira do Brasil (1984)
Duas Vozes (ECM, 1984)
Trem Caipira (ECM, 1985)
Live at Berlin Jazzbühne Jazz Festival (1984)
Alma (1986)
O Pagador de Promessas (1988)
Dança dos Escravos (ECM, 1989)
Feixe de Luz (1988)
Presents a Musical Childhood with Infância (1990)
Amazônia (ECM, 1991)
Kuarup (Carmo, 1991)
Casa das Andorinhas (1992)
Música de Sobrevivência (1993)
Brasil Musical (1993)
Zig Zag (ECM, 1995)
Forrobodó (Carmo, 1996)
Violão (Carmo, 1996)
Meeting Point (ECM, 1997)
In Montreal (ECM, 2001) with Charlie Haden
Corações Futuristas (EMI, 2001)
Retratos (EMI, 2004)
Saudações (ECM, 2009)
Mágico: Carta de Amor, with Jan Garbarek and Charlie Haden (ECM, 2012)


Artist Profiles: Dudu Lima

Dudu Lima

Dudu Lima was born in 1972, in Brazil. He started to study acoustic bass very young, by himself, and later at the Ian Guest Music Center in Rio de Janeiro. Later, he studied electric bass with Charles Banacus in Boston (USA), attended Berklee College of Music (USA) and workshops with Natan East (bassist of Larry Carlton) and Dave Weckel (drummer of Chick Corea ).

In Brazil, Dudu Lima has participated in dozens of albums from great jazz musicians and performed at the most important jazz festivals like Visa Jazz Festival, ProMusica Jazz Festival , Buzios Patio Havana Instrumental , Rio das Ostras Summer Festival, Ibitipoca Jazz Festival, Festival de Jazz de Friburgo, Festival Internacional de Musica Colonial de Juiz de Fora , Jazz and Blues Rio das Ostras Festival, Blue Tree Bras?lia Jazz Festival.

Abroad, Dudu Lima performed at Montreux Jazz Festival, Brienz Jazz Festival and at Jazz Times Convention in New York.

Dudu Lima composed the overture soundtrack for the Luzes da Cidade Film Festival, the soundtrack for TV documentary Museu Mariano Procopio and had one of his music (Regina) in the theatre piece O Baile Verde. He’s also performed in the soundtracks of the movies A 3a. Morte de Joaqim Boliver and Maria das Graca.

The first CD was Regina, recorded in 2000 and the second one Nossa Historia released in 2003 with the participation of great Brazilian jazz musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto, Juarez Moreira, Ivan Conti (Azimuth), Marcio Bahia, among others.

In 2007, Dudu Lima released his DVD and third CD: Dudu Lima Live – 20 Years of Pure Music (Dudu Lima ao vivo – 20 Anos de Pura Musica). This work counts with the special participation of the great North-American guitarist Stanley Jordan and the virtuoso Canadian saxophonist Jean Pierre Zanella.


Regina (2000)
Nossa História ‎(Mantra, 2003)
Ouro de Minas (2009)
Cordas Mineiras (Tratore, 2010)
Ao Vivo No Cine Theatro Central (Blues Time, 2011)
Ouro de Minas 2 – Gran Circo (2015)
Tamarear (Som Livre, 2015)
Um Trem Pra Minas (2016)
Dudu Lima Clássicos (2017)
Som de Minas (Gravatás, 2017)


Artist Profiles: Chico Pinheiro

Chico Pinheiro was born December 8, 1975 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has played throughout Brazil and abroad with musicians representing a multitude of genres, including bossa, pop, jazz, samba, Latin.

At the age of 29, Chico Pinheiro, released his first CD, Midnight, Noon on Sony Music , through the Art Music label. It features some well known Brazilian artists , such as Lenine, Chico Cesar, Gilson Peranzetta, Marcal, Proveta, and Jacques Morelenbaum, as well as singers Maria Rita Mariano and Ludana Alves. Pinheiro’s band included Fabio Torres on the piano, Eduardo Ribeiro on drums, and Marcelo Mariano on bass.

Chico Pinheiro entered the Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts) in 1996 on a scholarship, graduating in performance and arranging in 1998. He was given two awards: The professional Music Endowed Scholarship award and The William G. Leavitt Scholarship award.

In 2005 he released the critically acclaimed CD Chico Pinheiro for the Biscoito Fino label. The album featured João Bosco, Luciana Alves and Tati Parra.

In December 2007, Chico released his third album, Nona in partnership with American guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson (Diana Krall). It was also well received by Brazilian and American press.

There’s a storm Inside came out in 2010 on Japan’s CT Music and American label Sunnyside Records. Dianne Reeves, Bob Mintzer, Oscar Castro Neves and Luciana Alves participated in the recording.

Since his solo debut in 2003, Chico has been touring around the world, where he performs jazz and Brazilian music.


Meia-Noite, Meio-Dia ‎(Sony Music 2003)
Chico Pinheiro ‎(Biscoito Fino, 2005)
Nova, with Anthony Wilson ‎(Goat Hill Recordings, 2008)
There’s A Storm Inside ‎(Sunnyside, 2010)
Seasons Live At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, with Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage and Steve Cardenas ‎(Goat Hill Recordings, 2011)
Triz, with André Mehmari and Sérgio Santos (Buriti Records, 2012)