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Jovino Santos Neto



Biography

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal's group from 1977 to1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records. Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music.
Jovino leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke and many more.
Jovino’s compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, NDR Big Band in Hamburg and by numerous jazz and chamber music groups worldwide. Jovino gives lectures, clinics and master classes on a variety of musical topics. He has been artist in residence at some of the most prestigious music schools and festivals in the world. He is a member of the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his Quinteto won multiple times as Best Northwest Acoustic Group in Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards.

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Video 7/17/2019: Jovino Santos Neto

Three-time Latin Grammy® nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer, and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has been closely affiliated with Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal throughout his career. Neto’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, improvisation, lyrical melodies, and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. 

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