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Adriano Santos was born in São Paulo, Brasil in 1966. Part of a new generation of Brazilian drummers, he began his drum studies at the age of twelve at Zimbo Trio Music School ( CLAM) in his hometown. In 1988 he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music where he acquired his B.A. in Film Scoring.

Moving to New York in 1995, Adriano started his Masters Degree at City College of New York where he had the chance to enjoy ensemble lessons with the great jazz legend Ron Carter. As a professional he has performed with top international artists such as Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Leny Andrade, Luciana Souza, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves, Claudio Roditi, Nelson Faria, Leo Gandelman, Paulo Moura, Jovino Santos Neto, Ray Vega, David Binney, John Pizzarelli, Slide Hampton, Harry Allen, Bill Charlap, Cliff Korman, Santi Debriano, Hendrik Meurkens, Dave Pietro, Vana Gierig, Eileen Ivers, Paul Winter and the Boston Pops, to name a few.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gabriel Espinosa/Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Little Samba

Read "Samba Little Samba" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Mexican-born bassist Gabriel Espinosa and German-born harmonica specialist Hendrik Meurkens--though coming from vastly different backgrounds--have always had a common passion for the bossa nova and the samba. Continuing their successful collaboration of the past, the two co-leaders join forces once again for another Brazilian musical dance on Samba Little Samba and follow up to their highly-acclaimed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gabriel Espinosa/Hendrik Meurkens: Samba Little Samba

Read "Samba Little Samba" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The hundredth release on the Zoho imprint was the aptly-titled Celebrando (Zoho Music, 2012)--the debut collaboration between Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens. This follow-up date, arriving a little more than two years later, is cut from the same musical cloth, though a few minor personnel changes and role adjustments give this one its own identity.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens: Live at Bird's Eye

Read "Live at Bird's Eye" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Live at Bird's Eye embodies the truly global nature of modern jazz: Meurkens' fourth ZOHO release was recorded at two concerts performed at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club in Basel (Switzerland) by his Samba Jazz Quartet, which features this German-born vibes and harmonica player with Russian pianist Misha Tsiganov and the rhythm section of bassist Gustavo ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Britain to Boogaloo

Read "From Britain to Boogaloo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Chris BarberMemories of My TripProper American Records2011 You will find very few jazz retrospectives more thoroughly, warmly inviting than Memories of My Trip, which celebrates six decades of recording and performing by one of Britain's most enduring traditional jazz musicians--trombonist, bassist and bandleader Chris Barber. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Bebel Gilberto: New York City, NY, July 21, 2012

Read "Bebel Gilberto: New York City, NY, July 21, 2012" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Bebel GilbertoBrazil Summerfest at Central Park SummerstageJuly 21, 2012New York, NYAs part of the 2012 edition of Brazil Summerfest, a New York city-wide event of contemporary Brazilian music, singer Bebel Gilberto took to the stage at Rumsey Playfield for the second time in her career, following a very eclectic performance by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens: Live At Bird's Eye

Read "Live At Bird's Eye" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As a virtuoso harmonicist and vibraphonist, Hendrik Meurkens has always reigned supreme in the unique instrument doublers category, yet he never seems to get the attention he fully deserves. The German-born, New York-based Meurkens has been making beautiful and bouncy Brazilian-based music for decades with his instruments of choice, and Live At Bird's Eye is no ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hendrik Meurkens: Live at Bird's Eye

Read "Live at Bird's Eye" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Considered, by many, to be the most important jazz harmonicist since Toots Thielmans, German-born/New York-based Hendrik Meurkens has long been a connoisseur of Brazilian jazz, with an impressive discography of bossa nova and samba-infused music. Live at Bird's Eye is an assemblage of Brazilian, American and Italian jazz standards recorded live on several sessions from 2008 ...

In Session

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: Sabor Carioca; From The Lonely Afternoons; De Ton Pra Tom; Xibababa; Contemplação; Pro Zeca; Amphibious; Ninho Da Vespa.

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Latin Jazz Conversations: Adriano Santos (Part 1)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Adriano Santos (Part 1)

There are a lot of motivating factors to connect young people and performance, but the simple thrill of making music serves as the prime factor that pushes young people towards more lofty musical goals. Before they experience the act of creating music, just playing an instrument or singing seems magical, a dream that can't be touched. ...


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