Jovino Santos Neto

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Jovino Santos Neto
Background information
Born (1954-09-18) September 18, 1954 (age 69)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Musician
  • composer
  • educator
  • Piano
  • flute
Years active1977–present

Jovino Santos Neto (born September 18, 1954) is a Seattle-based[1] Brazilian-American jazz pianist, flutist, composer, arranger, educator and record producer.[2][3]


Jovino Santos Neto started playing piano at age 13 and by 16 was playing keyboards in a band called the Vacancy Group in Bangu, Rio de Janeiro. He earned a degree in Biology, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and later from Macdonald College of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[4]

In 1977, he joined the group led by Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal, working as a pianist, flutist, composer, arranger and producer.[5][6] Since leaving Hermeto's group in 1992 and relocating to the United States, Santos Neto has released several albums.[7] He has toured internationally as the leader of his own ensemble and with musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and Mike Marshall.[8][9][10]

Santos Neto teaches at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts and is a frequent teacher at Jazz Camp West.


Jovino Santos Neto (2018) in Aarhus, Denmark.
  • 1998: Caboclo
  • 2000: Ao Vivo em Olympia (Live in Olympia, Washington)
  • 2001: Balaio (Basket) (Malandro)
  • 2003: Canto do Rio
  • 2003: Serenata with Mike Marshall
  • 2005: Brazil Duets with Mike Marshall
  • 2006: Roda Carioca
  • 2008: Alma do Nordeste (Soul of the Northeast)
  • 2010: Veja o Som
  • 2011: Current



  1. ^ "BRAZZIL - News from Brazil - Jovino Santos, ambassador of Hermeto Pascoal - Brazilian Music". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  2. ^ "Ginga: a Brazilian Way to Groove, by Jovino Santos Neto | Flute Journal". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  3. ^ "Jovino Santos Neto Trio: Tiny Desk Concert". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  4. ^ Hobart, Erika (2011-10-11). "Jovino Santos Neto: King of the Hill". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  5. ^ Allmusic credits
  6. ^ "NPR's JazzSet: Jovino Santos Neto and Dena DeRose". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  7. ^ "Jovino Santos Neto". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  8. ^ "Jovino Santos Neto | Kennedy Center". Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  9. ^ Leitão |, Egídio (2003-11-09). "Mike Marshall & Jovino Santos Neto: Serenata – The Music of Hermeto Pascoal". Música Brasileira. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  10. ^ "Mike Marshall & Jovino Santos Neto (play Hermeto Pascoal)". Radio National. 1998-08-18. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  11. ^ "Artist Profile: Jovino Santos Neto". Latin Jazz Network. 2017-06-18. Retrieved 2021-04-23.

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