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Paulo Santo

Paulo Santo is a Portuguese vibraphonist who was born in Leiria in 1985. He started playing drums at age 12. Over time the music became his principal interest. In 2000 he studied classical percussion in Conservatório of Leiria and started to attend some classes of improvisation. Later started studying with Carlos Barreto in the jazz school of Hot Club Portugal and begun to dedicated exclusively to the vibraphone.

Throughout his learning, he highlights the musicians Afonso Pais, André Fernandes, Jeffery Davis, Vasco Mendonça, João Moreira, Nelson Cascais, Pedro Moreira, Stefon Harris and Steve Nelson. In 2014 he graduated in jazz vibraphone by the Higher School of Music in Lisbon.

Already recorded with João Capinha, Mila Dores, banda da Catraia, Elísio Donas, Daniel Neto, Bruno Pernadas and Tiago Sousa. Beyond leading his quintet Paulo is part of the Jazz Orchestra of Leiria, Daniel Neto’s quintet, The Sun Ra Project of Bruno Pernadas and ANGST of pianist Tiago Sousa.

He teaches at Jazz School of Hot Club Portugal in Lisbon.


Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced



Robalo Jazz


As she swings, as po(o)p song

From: Águeda
By Paulo Santo

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