NILSON MATTA – ARTISTIC/MUSIC DIRECTOR, SMJ WORKSHOPS
2009 Grammy nominee Nilson Matta has been a creative force in the evolution and popularity of Brazilian Jazz in the United States. Not long after he came to New York in 1985, he was performing and recording with Grammy-winning jazz greats Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Kenny Barron, Bob Mintzer and Randy Brecker, as well as Herbie Mann, Lee Konitz and Mark Murphy. Drawing from these collaborations, and from his work with Brazilian luminaries such as Hermeto Pascoal, Joao Gilberto, Luis Bonfa, and Johnny Alf in Brazil, (to name a few), Matta has developed his own musical signature making him a first-call bass player of Brazilian music and jazz musicians. It’s not surprising therefore, that when Yo Yo Ma sought band members for his Brazilian project, Nilson was the obvious choice for bass. Their recording of two Grammy CDs (Obrigado Brazil and Brazil – Live in Concert) prompted a two-year worldwide tour touching every corner of the globe.
A founding member of two internationally acclaimed groups – Trio Da Paz (Rumero Lumbabo, guitar; Duduka de Fonseca, drums) and Brazilian Trio (Helio Alves, piano; Duduka de Fonseca, drums) – Matta has emerged in recent years as bandleader, composer, arranger and producer. In 2008, he released Walking With My Bass, an autobiographical CD incorporating special guests from his long and distinguished career: João Bosco, Ivan Lins, Harry Allen, Rosa Passos, Robertinho Silva, Mauricio Einhorn, Joyce, Helio Alves, Vic Juris, Filó Machado, Claudio Roditi, Kenny Barron, and more. His next release, Brazilian Voyage – Copacabana on Zoho Records took listeners on a musical journey through Brazil’s diverse geographic regions – via Matta’sartful arranging of classics masterpieces (e.g.,Villa Lobos), not to mention Matta’s original compositions such as Baden and Copacabana which have earned him wide acclaim as a composer. His CD Black Orpheus was released February 2013 by Motema,
Matta is committed to passing on his talents and experiences to the next generation. He is a member of the International Society of Bassists, making frequent appearances as a featured guest and performer at the ISB conventions. He has taught at NYC’s Bass Collective, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and has conducted master classes worldwide. As Artistic Director of Samba Meets Jazz Workshops in Bar Harbor Maine (SmJ-Bar Harbor) and Samba Meets Jazz Workshops – Brazil (SmJ-Brazil), he has become a leading figure in promoting the music he is passionate about – Brazilian Jazz.
2014 FACULTY - BAR HARBOR SMJ
DAVE STRYKER (Week 2)
Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 23 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Downbeat Readers poll, and a Rising Star for the last 5 years in the Downbeat Critics Poll. His approach combining the jazz burn to a soulful blues feeling is communicating to new fans wherever he plays. His most recent CD “Blue Strike” has made many Best of 2011 lists including WBGO Jazz Radio and Tom Reney/New England Public Radio…
ARTURO O’FARRILL – Latin Jazz/Piano/Big Band (Week 2)
Pianist, composer, educator, and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, Arturo O’Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, Mr. O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that deserves to be much more widely appreciated and experienced by the general jazz audience. His debut album with the Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 2006.
Educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Mr. O’Farrill played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983. He then went on to develop as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 1995 Mr. O’Farrill agreed to direct the band that preserved much of his father’s music, Chico O’Farrill’s Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, which has been in residence at Birdland, New York City’s famed nightclub, for the past 15 years, as well as performing throughout the world as a solo artist and with his smaller groups.
As an educator, he has taught master classes, seminars, and workshops throughout the world for students and teachers of all levels. Recently, Mr. O’Farrill received the Distinguished Alumnus Medal from Brooklyn College, has served as the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist in Residence at Lafayette College, as Visiting Artist at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Assistant Professor of Jazz at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and as Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. He now teaches at CUNY in Manhattan, and at Brooklyn College.
CLAUDIO RODITI – Trumpet, Brazilian Ensemble (Week 2)
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, composer/arranger and trumpet artist Claudio Roditi boasts fourteen critically acclaimed albums, a Grammy nomination, and a busy international touring schedule that includes the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. A strikingly proficient technician, Roditi brings enormous zest and fire to his playing. Claudio integrates post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts with ease and plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps him in demand as a leader, a studio musician and a sideman. His eclecticism was put to good use during his work with the United Nations Orchestra, a band originating through Dizzy Gillespie. He has also worked with Slide Hampton’s Jazz Masters.
Claudio’s native Brazilian music upbringing, which began at age 5, almost took a back seat as he became enamored with jazz and heard recordings of Louis Armstrong trumpet , Harry James and other American trumpeters. By age 13, thanks to an American uncle’s record collection; he became familiar with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. And at the age of twenty, Claudio was named a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, moving the next year to Mexico City where he was active on the contemporary music scene. In 1970 he relocated to Boston to study at the Berklee School of Music. He later he joined the faculty of the School of Contemporary Music and rounded out his schedule with club and concert performances.
Moving to New York in 1976, Claudio quickly broke into the local circuit, performing and recording with Joe Henderson, Charlie Rouse, Herbie Mann, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner, and Paquito D’Rivera. Subsequent albums under his own name have been in the Jazz idiom but his Brazilian musical roots often emerge. Roditi continues to blend the two musical forms he loves. As he describes himself; “I am a Gemini. I was born in one country and live in another but I love them both – and both kinds of music, too.”
HARRY ALLEN – Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble, Improvisation (Week 2)
Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, ‘My technique, Al Cohn’s ideas, and Zoot’s time.’ The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in … Harry Allen.”
Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Nilson Matta, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.
Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli’s recordings including the soundtrack and an on- screen cameo in the feature film The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.
CAFE – Brazilian & Latin Percussion (Week 2)
Edson Aparecido da Silva, Café, Percussionist, Singer, Composer, and Producer, was born in Villa Maria, São Paulo, Brazil. His dedication to the drums began at the age of 8 when he became fascinated by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms he heard and felt at the spiritual meetings which he attended with his parents. In his late teens, his studies included a period of classical training in preparation for the Municipal Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo, but his passion for the rhythms of his heritage took him at night to the clubs where he listened to and began playing jazz and popular music.
In his early 20′s he moved to Rio with a theater troupe and studied technique at the Villa Lobos School. From 1976 to 1979 he performed for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Brazil in the National Arts Program “Seis e Meia.”
In 1980 his world touring began with such artists as Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Simone. After moving to the US in 1985, it continued with James Last, Phillippe Saisse, Sadao Watanabe, The New York Samba Band, Roberta Flack, David Byrne, Tania Maria, Herbie Mann, Larry Coryell, Morthiam, Gato Barbieri, Vinx, Pepeu Gomes, Michael Franks, and Harry Belafonte, among many others.
Café has recorded with Chuck Mangione, Stevie Winwood, Jon Lucien, Dave Liebman, Eliane Elias, Rob Mounsey’s Flying Monkey Orchestra, Edu Lobo, Batacoto, Gilberto Gil with Ernie Watts, Paquito d’Rivera, David Byrne, Steve Khan, Baden Powell, Tom Harrell, Richard Stolzman, Joyce, Judy Niemack, Danny Gottlieb, Herbie Mann, Ana Caram, Bireli Lagrene, James Taylor, Djavan with Stevie Wonder, Sergio Mendes, and on Randy Brecker’s Grammy® Award Winning “INTO THE SUN.”
He has performed on video with Mick Jagger, David Byrne, Margareth Menezes and PBS’ Harry Belafonte and friends. Besides numerous independent film and TV commercials, Café’s percussive improvisations have been heard in the musical backgrounds of ABC’s documentary series “TURNING POINT” and, most recently, in the motion picture “BELOVED“, directed by Jonathan Demme, as well as the soundtrack of the motion picture “FOUR COPS,” directed by Connor McCourt.
Café has also appeared in the US with Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, Michael Brecker, Paul Winter, Astrud Gilberto, Betty Buckley, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Alex Foster, Lew Soloff, Manfredo Fest, David Kikoski, Aydin Essen, Vinicius Cantuaria, Claudio Roditi, Tony Cedras, Dianne Reeves, and many others.
Caféalso devotes his time and talent to share his knowledge in many educational programs, residencies and workshops. Café toured Spain with his own band, Café Quintet, and performs regularly in the US with his trio. He is a founding member of the groups Fôlia de Reis, and Ave. Brazil. His CD Fôlia de Reis’ was released in Japan by Bomba Records, and in the U.S. by Cafe Percussion Records.
CÉLIA VAZ – Vocals/Arranging (Week 1)
Popular Brazilin artist Célia Vaz, has earned international recognition as a vocalist, guitarist, arranger, songwriter and educator. As an arranger, she recorded over 15 albums with the best-selling Brazilian group Quarteto em Cy, considered the most important female vocal group of modern Brazilian music. In addition to her work with this quartet, Celia performs with Nos Quatro, nominated as Best MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), and finalist for Premio Visa competition. Vaz is also famed for her work with artists including Billy Eckstine, Joyce and the Rio Jazz Orchestra.. As a performer, she has recorded and toured extensively within Japan, Europe and even Cuba.
Célia began her music studies in the ’60s at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, also taking guitar classes with Sidney Miller and Jards Macalé. After her recording of her “Lembrança” by vocalist Dóris Monteiro, she dedicated herself fully to her music, winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music for Arranging & Composing. Returning to Brazil in 1976, she continued her harmony studies alongside her active recording career.
Célia’s first solo album, Mutação (Polygram) with guest artist Pat Metheny amongst others, was released in 1980. In the ’80s, she organized and conducted the Orquestra Célia Vaz, which included Rosinha de Valença. It was in 1987, she became musical director, arranger, and guitarist of the vocal group Quarteto em Cy.
Célia has taught vocal arrangement and harmony across Brazil at leading universities, and in Europe as well.
FERNANDO SACI - Brazilian Percussion (Week 1)
Bio coming soon!
MATT KING - Piano, Vocal Accompaniment, Theory, Improvisation (Week 1)
- Matt King
Matt King began his piano studies when he was 5, and was playing professionally by age 14. He attended University of Illinois as a classical music major before relocating to the New York area, where he earned his degree in Jazz Studies & Performance from William Patterson University in NJ.
A Composition Fellowship recipient from the NJ State Council on the Arts, Matt has garnered numerous awards for his playing, composing, and arranging. Matt was a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalist, and the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2000. He has performed with major jazz figures including Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Benny Golson, Joe Morello, Vic Juris, & Dave Stryker; Brazilian artists Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta and Leny Andrade; iconic groups such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Shirelles; pop vocalists Phoebe Snow and Curtis Stigers; blues great Earl King, bluegrass master Tony Trischka, and many others across a broad stylistic spectrum. Matt is also currently keyboardist and musical director for the distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb.
Benny Golson, Joe Morello, Vic Juris, & Dave Stryker; Brazilian artists Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta and Leny Andrade; iconic groups such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Shirelles; pop vocalists Phoebe Snow and Curtis Stigers; blues great Earl King, bluegrass master Tony Trischka, and many others across a broad stylistic spectrum. Matt is also currently keyboardist and musical director for the distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb.
He has performed with four symphony orchestras in the US, appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, played Holland’s renowned North Sea Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Cape Town Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival and countless other venues throughout the U.S., as well as 20 countries abroad.
King has appeared at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Beacon Theater, the Rainbow Room, the Waldorf-Astoria, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and regional jazz meccas including The Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, Shanghai Jazz, and Trumpets. Currently free-lancing as a pianist, Hammond organist, and vocalist in a variety of musical genres, King also teaches piano and music theory privately, and in residencies through NJPAC, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the Morristown Community Theatre Performing Arts School
He recently released his second album, “Kaleidoscope”, which features 10 of his original compositions, to critical acclaim.
2013 SmJ FACULTY – RIO DE JANEIRO
IVANS LINS — GUEST FACULTY (Vocalist/Composer)
Three-time Latin Grammy winner Ivan Lins has been an active and prolific performer, songwriter, and superstar of Brazilian popular music (MPB) and jazz for over 30 years. His songs have made their way from Brazil into the American jazz lexicon and have been performed by a “who’s who” in jazz – from Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Barbara Streisand to Toots Thielemans and Dave Grusmin. Lins’ longtime composing partner is Vitor Martins. Their songs typically feature lush harmony with a distinctive jazz sensibility.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Ivan spent several formative years in Boston while his father, a naval engineer, continued graduate studies at M.I.T. Relocating to his native Brazil, Ivan studied at the Military College in Rio and later received a degree in industrial chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He considered a career in volleyball before discovering his passion and talent for music.
In 2005, Ivan won two Latin Grammy Awards; Album of the Year and Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album for Cantando Histórias. He became the first Brazilian artist and Portuguese-language artist to win the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year. No other Brazilian artist or Portuguese-language artist has won the award since then.
In 2000, his career was celebrated by Carnegie Hall, when he performed there at a tribute concert to his music and career. Other performances in New York include NYC’s Blue Note (2003) and Jazz at Lincoln Center when he performed with Rosa Passos. Ivan Lins continues to maintain an active touring schedule.
MIKE DiRUBBO – JAZZ ARTIST (Ensemble, Jazz Improv & Harmony)
BIO COMING SOON…. in the meantime, here are some “Raves”
“Mike DiRubbo has a big, bold alto tone, an unerring time feel and remarkable facility on the instrument” – Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times;
“Mike DiRubbo plays with fire and intelligence, and his music dances with life.” Francis Davis, Village Voice
“There is something inexplicably unique about his tunes. Whether it’s a ballad, a mid-tempo jaunt or an uptempo cooker, once you get a feel for his style, his songs become instantly recognizable. That’s a trait that few modern jazz composers possess, and it wouldn’t surprise me if some of his tunes were to be considered standards some day.” – Roman St. James, Jazz Review.com
ALFREDO CARDIM – (Piano/Ensemble/Vocal Accompaniment)
Having studied piano at Berklee College of Music during the first half of the ’70s, Alfredo Cardim continued his advanced studies with Don Sebesky and later at the Juilliard School of Music. As a sideman, Cardim performed with Cláudio Roditi (with whom he recorded Red on Red), Astrud Gilberto, Joe Lovano, Naná Vasconcelos, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Hunt, Milton Banana, Fogueira Três (Bossa Nova Vol. 1 and Bossa Nova Vol. 2), Edison Machado (with whose quartet he recorded Obras), Raul de Souza, Paulinho Trumpete (Um Sopro do Brasil), Mônica Hatch (If You Never Come to Me), Toninho Horta, and Joyce (Áqua e Luz and Joyce Live). As a soloist, he performed at the Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Village Gate, the Telecom Jazz Festival (Argentina), Umea Jazz Festival (Sweden), Mozart Concert Hall (Austria), and in the New Morning Jazz Club (Paris, France), recording Bossa Blues with Joe Hunt and Barry Smith and Bossa Nova & MPB with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca. His composition Constelacion was just recorded on the Brazilian Trio’s (Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca and Romero Lubambo) most recent CD.
PASCOAL MEIRELLES – (Drumset/Percussion)
Pascoal Meirelles is known as one of the best drummers in Brazil. Also a composer and arranger, he has worked extensively as session musician for performers such as Tom Jobim, Gonzaguinha, Hélio Delmiro,Wagner Tiso, Chico Buarque, Danilo Caymmi, Edu Lobo, Paulo Moura, Maysa, Wilson Simonal, João Bosco, and Ivan Lins. His first solo album was Considerações a Respeito (1981), followed by four others (in 1983, 1987, 1992, and 1998), and a compilation (1995). Pascoal Meirelles is one of the founders of the group Cama de Gato, one of the most successful instrumental groups in Brazil, which has recorded several albums and toured Brazil, Spain, France, Belgium, and the United States. Starting as a self-taught drummer, he became a professional at 18 in his hometown. In 1966, he formed his group Tempo Trio, with which he recorded his first album through Odeon. In 1967 he moved to Rio de Janeiro RJ, joining Paulo Moura’s group as well as recording and performing shows with Maysa, Wilson Simonal, João Bosco, Ivan Lins, and other artists. He toured Mexico in 1972 and the U.S. in 1974 with the group Festa Brasil (which also employed Simone, Tenório Jr., Fernando Leporace, Chiquito Braga, and João de Aquino). In 1975 he received a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music (Boston) where stayed until 1979. He also performed in jazz clubs in the U.S. and performed the show Saravá in New York. During that stay he also contributed to Tom Jobim’s double album Terra Brasilis. Returning to Brazil, he performed for over ten years in Gonzaguinha’s band, having also recorded with Hélio Delmiro (“Emotiva”), Wagner Tiso(“Coração de Estudante”), Chico Buarque (“Ópera do Malandro”), Danilo Caymmi (“Cheiro Verde”), andEdu Lobo, among others. As an educator, he started workshops in Europe and released a book in 2000.
MUIZA ADNET – (Vocals)
Muiza Adnet, a graduate of UniRio teaches Brazilian Popular Singing at Escola In Concert, a private music school in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro,” and is actively engaged in performing and recording. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1970, into a family of musicians, she started recording children’s albums when she was still a child. Later she recorded advertisement jingles and started participating as a backing vocalist in several recordings for Brazilian Popular Music artists. Between 1991 and 1992, she joined Banda Nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim, taking part in shows at Mangueira’s Samba School, the Jockey Club and Canecão, besides recording in “Noel Rosa’s Songbook” produced by Almir Chediak, and in the CD “No Tom da Mangueira” produced by Hermínio Belo de Carvalho. Muiza also participated in Brahma’s historic commercial with Tom Jobim in a virtual meeting with Vinícius de Moraes, singing “Eu sei que vou te amar.” In 1999, she took part in the CD series “Decadas Collection” MPB of 50s and 60s, released by Indie/Universal, produced by Roberto Quartin, with Mario Adnet’s musical arrangements. In 2000, she took part in Mario Adnet’s CD “Villa-Lobos Coração Popular” and the release of the same with a show in Teatro do Leblon, being then very flattered by the critics. In 2001, she took part in the double CD ”Ouro Negro”, produced by Mário Adnet and Zé Nogueira, singing with Moacir Santos. In 2002, she participated of “Jobim Sinfônico” CD and DVD, recorded in Sala São Paulo, with the São Paulo Estate Symphonic Orchestra. In December 2004, she graduated from Unirio (University of Rio de Janeiro) as a music teacher. In 2005, she participated of “Jobim Sinfônico” Concert presented at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; of “Choros e Alegria” CD by Moacir Santos; of “Ouro Negro” DVD; of the release shows of “Choros e Alegria” in Auditório Ibirapuera in São Paulo and in Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, recorded her first solo CD “Muiza Adnet sings Moacir Santos”, with special participations of Moacir Santos himself, Milton Nascimento and Ivan Lins, with her brother Mario Adnet’s musical arrangements and direction. In December 2006, she participated of “Jobim Sinfônico” Concert presented at Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. In July 2007, she took part as a backup vocalist in the recording of Paulinho da Viola’s “Accoustic MTV” DVD. In August, 2007, she launched her first solo CD “Muiza Adnet sings Moacir Santos” with a show at “Estrela da Lapa” in Rio de Janeiro.