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Leonardo Lucini

Born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living near Washington, DC, bassist Leonardo Lucini has been bringing the sounds of Brazilian jazz to American audiences for over a decade.

Lucini is a virtuoso performer on electric and acoustic bass. Trained in both classical and jazz styles, he holds a master’s degree in music performance from University of Maryland. He is knowledgeable about many world music styles, including a vast range of Latin music. His own compositions are often based on unique Brazilian rhythmic styles, going far beyond the expected samba and bossa nova to Maracatu and Afoxe. His love of the music overflows. An able clinician, he also conducts lectures and workshops on Brazilian jazz.

Lucini has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many other international artists including flutist Nestor Torres; saxophonists Alex Han, Jeff Antoniuk, Raul Mascarenhas, Leo Gandelman and Chris Vadala; and pianists Arturo O’Farrill, Benito Gonzalez, Federico Pena, Cesar Orozco, Alex Brown, and Vince Evans; harmonica player Gregoir Mauret; and trumpet sensation Sean Jones.

In his native Brazil, Lucini has performed extensively with well-known artists such as saxophonist Paulo Moura, pianist and composer Marcos Valle, percussionist Marco Suzano, guitarist Rogerio Souza, the ever-popular Nó Em Pingo D'Agua and the Orquestra de Música Brasileira.

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In a February 2012 performance at the noted DC jazz club Twins, the brothers accompanied Cuban/Venezuelan piano phenomenon Cesar Orozco. Baltimore music writer Liz Fixsen says, “I was impressed with the dynamic interaction of the three musicians who hadn’t performed together before that night. Leonardo kept his eyes and ears tuned on Orozco, alert to his every direction, and never missed a signal. Although Orozco’s blistering tempos and complex Latin rhythms were pushing them to their limits, the brothers rose to the challenge with impressive energy and creativity—and with sheer delight.”

In a Capital Bop review of a November 2011 Blues Alley performance by Origem, reviewer Ken Avis says that the brothers “exude pure joy” when they play

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