Felipe Salles is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who currently lives and performs in New York City. His group, The Felipe Salles Quintet is the result of this cultural fusion, a blend of elements from two of the richest musical traditions in the world: Brazilian/Latin music and Jazz.
Before coming to the United States, Felipe was active in numerous combos and bands as a saxophonist, composer and arranger. He played with such bands as Octeto de Musica Brasileira, Zerro Santos Big Band, Banda Farinha Seca, Zydeco Band, Santa Gafieira, Sampa Crew, Savoy Quartet, and the Axel Fisch Group, and has performed with Brazilian artists such as Daniela Mercury, Paulo Moura and Wagner Tiso. He has also appeared on the same bill as many prominent American artists, including Betty Carter, at Bourbon Street Club, in São Paulo, Brazil.
Felipe Salles has been an active musician in the US since 1995, leading his own group, the Felipe Salles Quintet.
Performance venues include the extinct Willow Jazz Club and Connolly’s Jazz Club, The Knitting Factory, The Big Easy, Hybernia, Acton Jazz Cafe, Sandrina’s, Ryles Jazz Club, The Middle East, Natick Center for the Arts, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Regattabar. As a sideman, Felipe Salles has worked and recorded with various jazz, Latin and Pop groups including Mango Blue, Either/Orchestra, Bellevue Cadillac, La Timba Loca, Mozamba, Bevan Manson, The Daddys, Dead Cat Bounce, Quizamba, Grand Unified Theory, The Touch, Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra, Black Tie Affair Orchestra, Charles Brown Organization and Soul City.