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Gui Duvignau

Gui Duvignau is a French-Brazilian bass player and composer. His multi-cultural background has led to a life of traveling and musical exploration. A jazz musician in essence, he also draws inspiration from his experiences performing Rock, Brazilian, and ‘World’ music, as well as his studies in classical contemporary music.

He attended Berklee College of Music where he studied with Vuk Kulenovic, Yakov Gubanov, Greg Hopkins, Ted Pease, John Lockwood, Fernando Huergo, to name a few, receiving his bachelor degree in Jazz Composition.

His first album Porto, in collaboration with singer Sofia Ribeiro was inspired by his time living in Portugal. The album features original compositions by Sofia Ribeiro and Gui Duvignau and was released in 2010 with the support of Portuguese radio station, Antena 2.

His second album Fissura springs from his years in Paris, where it was recorded with Jonathan Orland (alto saxophone & clarinet), Julien Pontvianne (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Federico Casagrande (guitar), Thomas Caillou (guitar) and Thibault Perriard (drums). It was released in April 2016 on the Parisian label Onze Heures Onzes and selected among the best of the year by the French magazine JazzNews.

Back in São Paulo, Brazil, he led his own groups and performed frequently with trio Improvisado (with Marcelo Castilha and Pedro Ito) and the Carlos Ezequiel trio – including performances with George Garzone and Leitieres Leite, and the recording of the trio’s album Circular with special guests David Binney and Lage Lund.

His travels have led him to New York City, where he attended New York University and studied with master musicians, Drew Gress, Billy Drummond, Billy Drewes, Brad Shepik, and Michael Wolff -among others- and received his master's of music degree in May 2020. He is also a student of jazz legend, Ron Carter.

His book From the Bottom Up, featuring interviews with jazz bassists, Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Ron McClure, Mike Richmond, Jay Anderson, Drew Gress, and Christian McBride was published by Ron Carter Books in September 2020.

His third album of original compositions, 3,5,8, was released in January 2021 by Sunnyside Records and features Billy Drewes (saxophone), Jeff Hirshfield (drums), Santiago Leibson (piano), and Elias Meister (guitar).

His latest album Baden was released on Sunnyside Records in January 2022 and features Billy Drewes (saxophones), Lawrence Fields (piano), Jeff Hirshfield (drums), and special guests Ron Carter on bass and Bill Frisell on guitar.


Album Review

Gui Duvignau: Baden

Read "Baden" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Gui Duvignau has had Baden Powell's sound in his sights for some time now. Born in France and raised in Brazil, the rising-star bassist delved deeply into that legendary Brazilian guitarist's work at the behest of several six-stringer friends. And as he studied guitar too, Duvignau came under the sway of Powell's advanced harmonic concepts, personalized technique and keen ability to skirt easy categorization by blending classical stylings, jazz sensibilities and a broad mixture of Brazilian traditions. Having then performed ...

Album Review

Gui Duvignau: 3,5,8

Read "3,5,8" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

As a youngster, French bassist Gui Duvignau was exposed to several disparate cultures and musical forms thanks to his adventure seeking parents' relocations to Morocco, Brazil, Portugal and back to Paris before landing in Boston, MA., to attend the Berklee School of Music, and subsequently ending up in New York City. Duvignau advises that in his early musical endeavors he found rock music less challenging than jazz. Hence, on this effort with well-known jazz warriors, saxophonist Billy Drewes and drummer ...

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Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Wayne Shorter
Ray Brown
bass, acoustic
John Coltrane
Israel Crosby
bass, acoustic
Miles Davis
Jimmy Garrison
bass, acoustic
Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Elis Regina
Paul Chambers
bass, acoustic


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Live in Red Hook

Sunnyside Records



Sunnyside Records



Sunnyside Records



Onze Heures Onze



Self Produced



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