Humberto Clayber

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Humberto Clayber
Birth name Humberto Clayber de Souza
Also known as Clayber de Souza
Born 1937
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Genres Bossa nova, Samba, Jazz
Occupation(s) musician, composer
Instruments double bass, harmonica
Years active 1945–present
Associated acts Manfredo Fest
Sambalanço Trio
Sambrasa Trio
Jongo Trio

Humberto Clayber de Souza is a Brazilian composer and musician. He was considered one of the best Bossa Nova bass player in 1960s and actually is acclaimed as one of the best harmonica players of the world.[1] He played with many famous artists along his career, such as Cesar Camargo Mariano, Airto Moreira, Hermeto Pascoal and Manfredo Fest.


Humberto Clayber, or Clayber de Souza, started his musical career when he was 8 years old. At that period, he played for Radio Cultura band and, as a member of this group, he made his first shows. In 1956, he played for Hering Harmonicas. With Zezinho Lima and Raymundo Paiva, he played in São Paulo and other near cities, as endorser.[2] In fact, he is responsible for popularizing the harmonica around Brazil, specially São Paulo.[3]

In the 1960s, he joined some samba-jazz groups. First, in 1963, he played with Manfredo Fest trio, as bassist, and recorded the debut album by the blind pianist: Bossa nova, nova bossa. One year later, he joined Sambalanço Trio, with Cesar Camargo Mariano and Airto Moreira. With this group, he recorded five albums. However, in 1965, Sambalanço Trio disbanded.[4] So, with Moreira and Hermeto Pascoal, he formed Sambrasa Trio. These groups were considered some of the most important of that period; therefore, as member of them, Clayber was considered one of the best bassists of that years.[5]

He also played in Sambossa 5, in the end of the 1960s, and in Jongo Trio (with Paulo Roberto and Toninho), in the beginning of the 1970s.[4][5]

In the 1970s, Clayber stopped playing bass and decided to play only harmonica. Then, years later, he was considered one of the best harmonicists of the world, receiving a diploma by Fábrica de Gaitas Hohner, in 1979. In fact, Clayber can play about 40 different kinds of harmonica and can play six simultaneously.[1]

He is very famous around the world. He has already played for the Queen of United Kingdom, in Buckingham Palace, and for Yassar Arafat.[1] He still plays in many events around Brazil and world.

Actually, Clayber teaches how to play harmonicas, according his own method.[1] He still composes many songs in several rhythms: bossa nova, jazz, blues, tango, valsa etc.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d "Memorial apresenta o show 'Gaitas de Boca in Concert', com entrada franca". Memorial (in Portuguese). Governo do Estado de São Paulo. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Clayber de Souza". Hering Harmonicas (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "I Forum de Harmonicas do Ceará". Instituto Oswaldo Galotti (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Humberto Clayber". Dicionário Cravo Albin da Música Popular Brasileira (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Souza, Tarik (31 March 2006). "O sambalanço da bossa". JBOnline (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Bossa nova, nova bossa". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Octeto de Cesar Camargo Mariano". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Sambalanço Trio: Discografia". Dicionário Cravo Albin da Música Popular Brasileira (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 December 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Em Som Maior". Discos do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 February 2010. 

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