Tuesday, October 02, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jovino Santos Neto
Song:Festa de Ere (Children's Party)
Brazilian jazz pianist Jovino Santos Neto was musical director for Hermeto Pascoal for 15 years. Since then he has moved to Seattle and brought his Brazilian rhythms to the Pacific Northwest. He was born Sept. 18, 1954 in Rio de Janeiro. He studied classical piano as a child and played in rock bands as a teen. While studying biology at McGill University in Montreal, he got more interested in jazz. After finishing school in 1977, he joined the band of Brazilian music legend Hermeto Pascoal. Neto was musical director and produced and arranged Pascoal's albums until 1992. After a short stint with Sergio Mendes, Neto moved to Seattle and joined Airto Moreira & Flora Purim's group Fourth World for four years. He also started teaching at Cornish Institute in Seattle. He has also worked as a sideman for Mike Marshall and Gary Stroutsos among others. Neto's debut CD as a leader was Caboclo in 1997. Feste de Ere is from his 2006 CD Roda Carioca. It was his first CD for Adventure Music and he still records there. For this CD, Neto returned to Brazil and worked with top musicians like Rogerio Rotter Maio on bass, and Marco Bahia on drums along with guest musicians like Marcos Amorim on guitar, Hamilton de Holanda on melodica, Gabriel Grossi on harmonica and Fabio Pascoal on percussion. Neto plays piano, flute and accordian. Neto's latest CD Current was released Nov. 2011. Those who are fans of jazz and Brazilian rhythms mixed with other elements will enjoy Neto's music. Here's Jovino Santos Neto performing Festa de Ere in Brazil 2010.