Dori Caymmi

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Dori Caymmi
Birth name Dorival Tostes Caymmi
Born (1943-08-26) 26 August 1943 (age 73)
Origin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Jazz, Latin jazz, bossa nova, MPB
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Arranger, Conductor
Instruments Guitar, Singing
Years active 1960–present
Labels Elektra, Qwest, Zebra, MusicTaste
Associated acts Nana Caymmi, Dorival Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, Joyce
Website Official website

Dorival Tostes "Dori" Caymmi (born 26 August 1943)[1] is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, songwriter, arranger, and producer who is a two-time Grammy Award winner (Best Latin Song and Best Latin Samba Recording).


Dori is the son of Dorival Caymmi and Stella Maris, both famous Brazilian musicians. He began playing piano at age eight, studying under Lúcia Branco and Nise Poggi Obino. He studied music theory at the Conservatório Lorenzo Fernandez, and in 1959 made his professional debut accompanying his sister, Nana. In 1960 he became a member of the "Grupo dos Sete", who wrote music for plays aired on Brazilian television. He co-directed and played violão in the play Opinião (1964), a transitional work between the styles of bossa nova and MPB. He directed Arena Conta Zumbi in 1966, and worked as a producer during this time as well, for Edu Lobo, Eumir Deodato, and Nara Leão (all recording for Philips Brazil). He and Nelson Motta wrote the song "Saveiros", which, performed by Nana Caymmi, won the national prize and came in second for the international prize of the IFIC (International Song Festival) held by TV Rio. They continued to partner as songwriters for several years, writing some of Brazil's biggest hits.

He played and toured with Paul Winter and arranged and directed albums by Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, and Gilberto Gil. He was involved with many musicians associated with the tropicalia movement of the late 1960s, but did not record in this style himself due to his distaste for Euro-American pop music. He wrote scores for numerous films and television shows in the 1970s and 1980s, and in 1989 he moved to Los Angeles. He has since played or recorded with Dionne Warwick, Toots Thielemans, Marilyn Scott, Oscar Castro-Neves, Eliane Elias and Edu Lobo. He was involved with a collaboration celebrating Tom Jobim at Carnegie Hall in 1995, and arranged the music for Clockers.[citation needed]

Caymmi's 1999 album, Cinema: A Romantic Vision, was nominated for Latin Grammy’s Best Arrangement for his rendition of Henry Mancini’s "Pink Panther". The recording also featured covers of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things", John Barry’s theme to the James Bond films, and R. Kelly’s "I Believe I Can Fly".[citation needed]

Influências was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Brazilian album in 2001. Some of its songs pay homage to his father - "La Vem A Baiana" and "Acontece Que Eu Sou Baiano". Contemporâneos, recorded in 2003, was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Brazilian album. His 2013 album Caymmi, with siblings Nana Caymmi and Danilo Caymmi, was nominated for the 2014 Latin Grammy Award for Best MPB Album.[2] In 2015, he was nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards again, this time with Mario Adnet and for the Best MPB Album and Producer of the Year categories, for producing the album Centenário Caymmi.[3]


  • 1972: Dori Caymmi - Odeon Records
  • 1980: Dori Caymmi - EMI/Odeon Records
  • 1982: Dori Caymmi - EMI/Odeon Records
  • 1987: Dori, Nana, Danilo e Dorival Caymmi
  • 1988: Dori Caymmi - Elektra Records
  • 1991: Brazilian Serenata - WEA Records
  • 1993: Kicking Cans - Qwest/Warner Music
  • 1994: If Ever... - Warner Music
  • 1997: Tome conta de meu filho que eu ja fui do mar - EMI Music
  • 1999: Cinema: A Romantic Vision
  • 2001: Influências - Universal Music - Grammy-nominated
  • 2003: Contemporâneos - Universal Music - Grammy-nominated
  • 2005: Rio Bahia (w/ Joyce) - Far Out Recordings
  • 2009: Inner World - MusicTaste
  • 2011: Poesia Musicada - MusicTaste
  • 2013: Caymmi - Som Livre

Discography (As Sideman)[edit]

  • 1964: Caymmi Visita Tom (w/Nana Caymmi)
  • 1966: Edu e Bethania (w/Edú Lobo)
  • 1977: Miucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim (w/Miúcha)
  • 1980: Tempo Presente (w/Edú Lobo)
  • 1981: I Love Brazil (w/Sarah Vaughan)
  • 1986: Estrela da Vida Inteira Manuel Bandeira (w/Olivia Hime)
  • 1986: Brasil '86 (w/Sergio Mendes)
  • 1987: Brazilian Romance (w/Sarah Vaughan)
  • 1990: Sketchbook (w/John Patitucci)
  • 1990: Havana (w/Dave Grusin)
  • 1991: Kevyn Lettau (w/Kevyn Lettau)
  • 1991: Zephyr (w/Don Grusin)
  • 1991: Sweet Deal (w/Sadao Watanabe)
  • 1991: Sound of Emotion (w/Gregg Karukas)
  • 1991: Shadows (w/David Benoit)
  • 1991: Futuro (w/Paulo Ramos)
  • 1992: The Brasil Project (w/Toots Thielemans)
  • 1992: Simple Life (w/Kevyn Lettau)
  • 1992: No Borders (w/Don Grusin)
  • 1992: Live from Bahia (w/Larry Coryell)
  • 1992: Letter to Evan (w/David Benoit)
  • 1993: The Brasil Project, Vol. 2 (w/Toots Thielemans)
  • 1993: Spring (w/Rebecca Parris)
  • 1993: Nino (w/Nino Tempo)
  • 1993: Love Songs (w/Diane Schuur)
  • 1994: Románza (Themes of Love) (w/Stefan Dickerson)
  • 1994: Quiet After the Storm (w/Dianne Reeves)
  • 1994: Mistura Fina (w/John Patitucci)
  • 1994: Forbidden Fruit (w/Marion Meadows)
  • 1994: Another Season (w/Kevyn Lettau)
  • 1994: Among Friends (w/John Pisano)
  • 1995: With Respect (w/Carmen Bradford)
  • 1995: Take Me with You (w/Marilyn Scott)
  • 1995: Listen Up (w/Les McCann)
  • 1995: Hemispheres (w/Dan Siegel)
  • 1995: Aquarela Do Brazil (w/Dionne Warwick)
  • 1996: Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim (w/Josee Koning)
  • 1997: Wouldn't It Be Nice: A Jazz Portrait of Brian Wilson (w/Various Artists)
  • 1997: The Music Never Ends: The Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman (w/Maureen McGovern)
  • 1997: Is Love Enough? (w/George Duke)
  • 1997: Conversation Pieces (w/John Pisano)
  • 1998: Brasil Nativo (w/Lani Hall)
  • 1998: BRAzSIL (w/Daniel Taubkin)
  • 1998: Astronauta: Songs of Elis (w/Joyce)
  • 1998: State of the Heart (w/Bill Sharpe)
  • 1999: Voltar Pro Rio (Back to Rio) (w/Kleber Jorge)
  • 1999: I Won't Dance (Eu Nao Quero Dancer) (w/Harry Allen)
  • 2001: The Look of Love (w/Diana Krall)
  • 2001: Desejo (w/Nana Caymmi)
  • 2002: Flamencando (w/Zezo Ribeiro)
  • 2002: Back To Front (w/Arnold McCuller)
  • 2002: O Mar E O Tempo (w/Nana Caymmi)
  • 2003: Café Society (w/Lorraine Feather)
  • 2004: Transoceanic (w/Audio Caviar)
  • 2004: Outro Quilombo (w/Renato Braz)
  • 2004: Nightcap (w/Marilyn Scott)
  • 2004: Another Life Brazil (w/Steve Barta)
  • 2005: Trovador (w/Kleber Jorge)
  • 2005: The Love Project (w/Yevette Stewart)
  • 2005: I'm in Love Once Again (w/Marilyn Scott)
  • 2005: Flora's Song (w/Flora Purim)
  • 2005: Bye Bye Blackbird (w/Kevyn Lettau)
  • 2005: Amazon River (w/Hendrik Meurkens)
  • 2005: Ivetthy Souza (w/Ivetthy Souza)
  • 2006: Breath of the Soul (w/Ellen Honert)
  • 2008: Nova (w/Chico Pinheiro)


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ Wang, Andrea; Brown, Tracy (24 September 2014). "Latin Grammys 2014: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "La lista completa de nominados a los Latin Grammy 2015". Infobae (in Spanish). 23 September 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 

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