Bernardo Sassetti

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Bernardo Sassetti
Born(1970-06-24)24 June 1970
Lisbon, Portugal
OriginLisbon, Portugal
Died10 May 2012(2012-05-10) (aged 41)
Guincho Cascais, Portugal
Occupation(s)Musician, film composer, music educator
Years active1980s–2012
LabelsClean Feed

Bernardo da Costa Sassetti Pais (24 June 1970[1] – 10 May 2012[2][3][4]) was a Portuguese jazz pianist and film composer.

Sassetti was born in Lisbon.[1] He was a great-grandson of Sidónio Pais, President of the First Republic. He initially played guitar, then began studying piano and music theory at age nine.[5] He became interested in jazz after hearing Bill Evans.[5] By the late 1980s, he was backing visiting musicians and teaching jazz piano in Lisbon (and, later, taught throughout other lusophonic areas).[5] During the 1990s, he worked in London, where he recorded three albums with Guy Barker's group.[5][6] Anthony Minghella invited them to appear as the Napoli Jazz Sextet in The Talented Mr. Ripley.[1]

His 2006 album Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon received a four-star rating (of a possible four) in The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.),[6] and was selected for The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums.[1]

In addition to his jazz work, Sassetti has composed numerous film scores.[7]

Bernardo Sassetti was married to actress Beatriz Batarda, with whom he had two daughters.

He died on 10 May 2012, after falling off a cliff in Guincho[2][3][4] Cascais (Portugal), where he was reportedly shooting pictures for his next book.


  • "Just Friends/ Entre Amigos" with Maria Viana, Moreira´s Jazztet, Jonh Horler, Dave Green and Spike Wels (Timeless Records 1989)
  • Ao vivo no Guimarães jazz; Dundumbanza; Tibiri tabara; Impressões and Olhar; Passagem; What love is; Ecos de África; Sons do Brasil; Mundos; Fragments (Of Cinematic Illusion); Entropé; 4 Movimentos Soltos
  • Nocturno, Bernardo Sassetti Trio, 2002, Clean Feed
  • Indigo, Piano solo, 2002, Clean Feed
  • Ascent, Trio2, with bass, drums, vibes and cello, 2005
  • Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon, 2006, Clean Feed[8]
  • Motion, Bernardo Sassetti Trio, 2010
  • Carlos do Carmo / Bernardo Sassetti, 2010



  1. ^ a b c d Morton, Brian; Richard Cook (2010). The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums. London: Penguin. pp. 698–699. ISBN 978-0-14-104831-4.
  2. ^ a b Morreu Bernardo Sassetti. Lisbon: Público (Portugal). 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-05-13.
  3. ^ a b Morreu o compositor e pianista Bernardo Sassetti. Lisbon: Diário de Notícias. 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-10-23.
  4. ^ a b Morreu Bernardo Sassetti. Lisbon: Expresso (Portuguese newspaper). 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Priestley, Brian; Ian Carr; Digby Fairweather (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. London: Rough Guides. p. 698. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  6. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 1263–1264. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  7. ^ Bernardo Sassetti on IMDb
  8. ^ "Unreal: Sidewalk Cartoon". Clean Feed. Archived from the original on 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2011-11-12.

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