“The concept of flow is a far reaching and powerful idea when related to musical performance. At its essence, it taps into the thought of moving from one place to another, on a physical, developmental, and artistic level. One individual experiencing the strength of these changes can make a deep artistic impression; when a group of musicians follow these types of flow together, the impact is multiplied tremendously. After more than fifteen years, Jovino Santos Neto and his Quinteto show the results of their flow as a group”
– Chip Boaz
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, recipients of the Golden Ear Award for “Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year” perform original compositions and some selections from their favorite Brazilian composers…..
“cover(ing) the wide and varied spectrum of Brazilian music, including choro, baião, marcha, samba and xote……infus(ing) a modern twist to those musical genres and…. music blends in a perfect share of stimulating harmonies and infectious improvisations.” -Egidio Leitão
Jovino Santos Neto piano, flute and melodica, composer
Chuck Deardorf bass
Mark Ivester drums
Jeff Busch percussion
Ben Thomas vibraphone and bandoneon.
Sponsored by Olympia Jazz Central. $5-20 suggested Donation.
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 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. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.
Currently, 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, Marco Granados and many more.
Since moving to the US from his native Rio de Janeiro in 1993, Jovino Santos Neto has continued to tour the world and to record prolifically. He has recorded multiple CDs with his Seattle-based Quinteto, including Canto do Rio, nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2004. In 2006 Adventure Music released Roda Carioca with an all-Brazilian lineup including Joyce, Hermeto Pascoal and several other notable musicians and long time colleagues, earning him a second Latin Grammy nomination. In 2007, after receiving a special commission from Brazil’s Petrobras, Jovino composed and recorded Alma do Nordeste, a musical journey translating the essence of Northeastern Brazil into melodies, rhythms and improvisations – connecting regional, universal, imaginary and real stories. In 2008 he released a piano duo with Weber Iago, Live at Caramoor, also nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2009. In 2010 Veja o Som (See the Sound) was released, a double disc collection of duos with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Joe Locke, Paquito d’Rivera, Anat Cohen, João Donato, Airto Moreira, Joyce, Paula Morelenbaum and Monica Salmaso, among others. In 2011 Adventure Music released Corrente (Current) featuring his Quinteto performing all new original music. Jovino’s latest recording is a solo piano recording, Vol. 4 of Adventure Music’s Piano Master Series
Jovino’s compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, NDR Big Band in Hamburg and by numerous jazz and chamber music groups. Jovino gives lectures, clinics and master classes worldwide on a variety of musical topics.