Café (musician)

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Birth nameEdson Aparecido da Silva
Born(1949-12-31)December 31, 1949
Villa Maria, São Paulo, Brazil
OriginRio de Janeiro, Brazil
GenresJazz, Afrobeat, Brazilian,
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, composer
Years activec. 1975–present
Associated actsCafé Quintet, Fôlia de Reis, Ave. Brazil, Sérgio Mendes, Eliane Elias, Bob Baldwin

Café is the stage name of Edson Aparecido da Silva, sometimes credited as Edson da Silva or Café da Silva, a percussionist, singer, composer, and music producer born in Villa Maria, São Paulo, Brazil. He moved to the U.S. in 1985.

He has recorded with Chuck Mangione, Steve 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 Stoltzman, Joyce Moreno, Judy Niemack, Danny Gottlieb, Herbie Mann, Ana Caram, Bireli Lagrene, James Taylor, Djavan with Stevie Wonder, Sérgio Mendes, Randy Brecker, Nilson Matta, Roni Ben-Hur, and Rachel Portman.

He has appeared with Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Simone, James Last, Philippe Saisse, Sadao Watanabe, the New York Samba Band, Roberta Flack, David Byrne, Tania Maria, Herbie Mann, Larry Coryell, Mor Thiam, Gato Barbieri, Vinx, Pepeu Gomes, Michael Franks, Harry Belafonte, Mick Jagger, Margareth Menezes, Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, Michael Brecker, Paul Winter, Astrud Gilberto, Jose Neto, Betty Buckley, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Alex Foster, Lew Soloff, Manfredo Fest, David Kikoski, Aydin Esen, Vinicius Cantuaria, Claudio Roditi, Tony Cedras, and Dianne Reeves.

He composed the piece "Three Express", which he performed with Nilson Matta, Roni Ben-Hur, and Victor Lewis on their 2011 Motéma Music release, Mojave. The same year, he released his first album as leader, Meditations with the Orishas.


da Silva was born in Villa Maria in the state of São Paulo. He became interested in percussion at the age of 8 when he heard Afro-Brazilian music at the spiritual gatherings he attended with his parents. He trained classically for the Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo, but began to follow his passion, playing jazz and popular music at clubs. He then studied theatre technique at the Villa Lobos School in Rio de Janeiro and performed for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Brazil in the National Arts Program, "Seis e Meia." In 1980, he began touring with notable jazz artists.

He is a founding member of three music acts, Café Quintet, Fôlia de Reis, and Ave. Brazil. He also manufactures his own metallic percussion instruments for sale to other musicians. He also has his own record label, Café Percussion Records.


As leader[edit]

  • Meditations with the Orishas (2011)

As sideman[edit]


External links[edit]

on CD Universe