Vanderlei Pereira, drums
CIDinho Teixeira, piano
Itaiguara, acoustic bass
A drummer, percussionist, and educator, Vanderlei Pereira has appeared and recorded with numerous artists: Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Tito Puente, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, Bebel Gilberto, Leila Pinheiro, Emilio Santiago, Luis Carlos Vinhas, Sivuca, and a host of others. He has performed at top jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals, including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, NJPAC, the Blue Note, SOB’s, the Village Gate, Birdland, Caviarteria, the Zinc Bar, The Ballroom, the Madrid Jazz Festival and the Syracuse Jazz Festival and has toured throughout Brazil and Russia.
Pereira received a Diploma in Jazz Studies from the Mannes College of Music in New York City and a Diploma and Teaching Certificate from the Academia de Musica Lorenzo Fernandes in Rio de Janeiro, with studies in theory, rhythm and sight singing. He was selected as a participant in the Instrumental Preparatory Course of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio, where his studies included classical percussion, harmony, theory and style analysis. During this period, he performed with Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira as well.