Jovino Santos-Neto

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Jovino Santos-Neto
Born (1954-09-18) September 18, 1954 (age 60)
Origin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Jazz, contemporary classical music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, educator
Instruments Piano, flute, melodica
Years active 1977–present

Jovino Santos-Neto (born September 18, 1954 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian American jazz pianist, flutist, composer, arranger, educator and producer.

Jovino Santos Neto started playing piano at age 13 and by 16, was playing keyboards in a band called The Vacancy Group in Bangu, West Zone of Rio.

Santos Neto earned a degree in Biology, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and later from Macdonald College of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In 1977, he joined the group led by Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal, working as a pianist, flutist, composer, arranger and producer.[1] Since leaving Hermeto's group in 1992 and relocating to the United States, Santos Neto has released several recordings and toured internationally as the leader of his own ensemble, and also in collaboration with musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and Mike Marshall.

Santos Neto teaches at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts and is a frequent teacher at Jazz Camp West.



  • 1997: Caboclo
  • 2000: Ao Vivo em Olympia (Live in Olympia, WA)
  • 2001: Balaio (Basket) (with Richard Boukas) Malandro Records
  • 2003: Canto do Rio
  • 2003: Serenata (with Mike Marshall)
  • 2005: Brazil duets (with Mike Marshall)
  • 2006: Roda Carioca
  • 2008: Alma do Nordeste (Soul of the Northeast)
  • 2010: Veja o Som
  • 2011: Current (Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto)


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