Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer, and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. A Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal's group from 1977 to1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.
Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisations, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical traditions, while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.
Currently, Jovino leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, Marco Granados, and many more.
Since moving to the US from his native Rio de Janeiro in 1993, Jovino Santos Neto has continued to tour the world and to record prolifically. He has recorded multiple CDs with his Seattle-based Quinteto, including Canto do Rio, nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2004. In 2006 Adventure Music released Roda Carioca with an all-Brazilian lineup including Joyce, Hermeto Pascoal, and several other notable musicians and longtime colleagues, earning him a second Latin Grammy nomination. In 2007, after receiving a special commission from Brazil’s Petrobras, Jovino composed and recorded Alma do Nordeste, a musical journey translating the essence of Northeastern Brazil into melodies, rhythms, and improvisations – connecting regional, universal, imaginary, and real stories. In 2008 he released a piano duo with Weber Iago, Live at Caramoor, also nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2009. In 2010 Veja o Som (See the Sound) was released, a double disc collection of duos with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Joe Locke, Paquito d’Rivera, Anat Cohen, João Donato, Airto Moreira, Joyce, Paula Morelenbaum, and Monica Salmaso, among others. In 2011 Adventure Music released Corrente (Current) featuring his Quinteto performing all new original music. Jovino’s latest recording is a solo piano recording, Vol. 4 of Adventure Music’s Piano Master Series.
Jovino’s compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, NDR Big Band in Hamburg, and by numerous jazz and chamber music groups. Jovino gives lectures, clinics, and master classes worldwide on a variety of musical topics.
Jovino has received commissions by the Cheswatyr Foundation, IAJE, ASCAP, CMA/Doris Duke Foundation, Jack Straw Foundation, the City of Seattle, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Meet the Composer. He has been artist in residence at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world. In 2012 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his Quinteto won as Best Northwest Acoustic Group in the Golden Ear Awards by Earshot Jazz. He also was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship in Music in 2012.
Itaiguara Brandão is a New York City-based recording artist and bassist/guitarist. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brandão has toured internationally and recorded extensively with a wide range of Latin and world music artists such as Dom Salvador, Marcos Valle, Chuck Loeb, Angelique Kidjo, Bebel Gilberto, Paulo Braga, Randy Brecker, Paul Winter, Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Robin Eubanks, Jovino Santos Neto, Dave Kikoski, Emílio Santiago, Elba Ramalho, Guilherme Arantes, Romero Lubambo, Vinicius Cantuária, Horacio Hernandez, Hugo Fattoruso, Paula Morelenbaum, and Jacques Schwarz-Bart, among many others. He has recorded on major labels such as Sony BMG as well as on numerous independent labels. Brandão has been one of the most sought-after Brazilian bassists in the Northeast and freelance musicians in the United States, having completed nearly 5,000 performances in the past 19 years. He is featured as the double-bass player in Dom Salvador's The Art of Samba Jazz that won the prestigious Prêmio da Música Brasileira (the Brazilian Grammys) for "best instrumental album of 2011."
Brazilian percussionist and educator Rogério Boccato plays in projects led by some of today’s leading jazz players, among them Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Edward Simon, David Binney, Ben Allison, Paul Bollenback, and Maria Schneider. He has also collaborated with top-ranking Brazilian artists, such as Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Moacir Santos, and Vinicius Cantuária. He is featured on two Grammy-nominated albums: Kenny Garrett’s Beyond the Wall and John Patitucci's release Remembrance, alongside Joe Lovano and Brian Blade. As a longtime member of the Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Boccato has played with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti, João Bosco, and Joe Zawinul, among many others. Rogério Boccato has been a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and of The Hartt School. He has been presenting clinics on Brazilian music, focusing on traditional Brazilian rhythms and styles applied to the drum set and to jazz combo, which have been enthusiastically received at universities around the United States, Mexico, and Portugal.