Home » Musicians » Rodrigo Simoes

Rodrigo Simoes

Rodrigo Simões is a Brazilian musician and composer who has been living in Quebec - Canada. Through his musical creations, he shares a distinctive style that oscillates between Brazilian music and jazz improvisation. His international career has taken him through China, Australia, Paraguay and the United States, in addition to his native country – Brazil – and his adopted country – Canada. Early on in his musical career, this guitarist and mandolinist has already collaborated with great artists in Brazil (Elza Soares, Carlos Malta, Paulinho da Viola, Dominguinhos, Zeca Baleiro and Paulo Moska) and in Canada (Bill McBirnie, Joel Miller, Flavia Nascimento, Alex Lefaivre, Sonia Jonhson and Jean-Pierre Zanella). In 2013, his first album, “Aos Velhos Amigos”, was released in Brazil. In 2018, he completed a master’s degree in jazz composition at the University of Montreal, under the supervision of bassist Alain Caron (UZEB). That same year, he also released his second album, “Jazz Brésilien”, through the Montreal jazz record label Multiple Chord Music, wich received Bronze Medal at Global Music Awards. He's also founding member of Club du Choro de Montréal.


5 best 2018 CD jazz at Québec - Canada (Sorties Jazz Nights) Bronze medal - mai 2019 (Global Music Awards)


« That's really a discover... To me... you're taking the classical stuff and you refresh it!!! » - Marty Lebovitz, BasaBasa CKUT 90.3 FM;

« Probablement influencé par une lignée de solistes comme Jim Hall, Pat Martino ou Toninho Horta, il trouve son phrasé, sa sonorité propre, tout en démontrant une belle qualité de jeu à la mandoline et à la guitare acoustique. » - Ralph Boncy, voir.ca;

« Jazz brésilien rime très souvent avec bossa-nova, mais Rodrigo Simões ouvre la porte à bien plus qu’au style inventé et popularisé entre autres par Antonio Carlos Jobim. Il nous emmène sur les chemins du maracatú, du forró et de la samba

Read more

Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Masters in Jazz Composition/Performance - Université de Montréal (UdeM) - with Alain Caron

Clinic/Workshop Information

Brazilian jazz music combo; Brazilian guitar comping; Brazilian mandolin; Choro ensemble.

Pat Martino
Joao Gilberto
voice / vocals
Egberto Gismonti
guitar, acoustic
Airto Moreira
Joe Pass
Baden Powell
guitar, acoustic


Jazz brésilien

Multiple Chord Music (MCM)


Friend's ship

From: Jazz brésilien
By Rodrigo Simoes


Shop Amazon

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.