Victor Assis Brasil

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Victor Assis Brasil
Born (1945-08-28)August 28, 1945
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died April 14, 1981(1981-04-14) (aged 35)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation Musician (Saxophonist, Composer)

Victor Assis Brasil (August 28, 1945 – 1981) was a Brazilian jazz saxophonist. He was the brother of classical pianist João Carlos Assis Brasil. He studied at Berklee College of Music and later taught improvisation technique in Brazil. He also toured on three continents.[1]

He is said to have been more popular outside Brazil than in it and his style was strongly influenced by non-Brazilian musicians.


Victor Assis Brasil was the best Brazilian jazzman of his generation, having being praised by international critics. Brasil showed early evidence of talent for music, excelling at the harmonica and the drums. At age 12 he gave his first concert at the harmonica. In 1961, at age 16, he was presented with an alto saxophone. In 1965, while already a professional, Brasil recorded his first album, Desenhos, with highly favorable reviews, consolidating his pioneering role as a Brazilian jazz musician. His next conquests were the achievement of third place at the 1966 International Jazz Contest in Vienna, Austria, and of the Best Soloist award in the Berlin Jazz Festival,German, which granted him a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA).

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