Luís Jardim

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Luís Alberto Figueira Gonçalves Jardim (born 4 July 1950) is a Portuguese percussionist, born in the Madeira Island, best known for his work with producer Trevor Horn.


Jardim is a cousin of Alberto João Jardim (former president of the regional government of Madeira). His first wife was Linda Jardim (nee Allan), a successful session singer and lead vocal in the Buggles hit "Video Killed the Radio Star". They had two daughters together, Gabrielle and Rebecca. He was married to his second wife, Maria Jardim in 1987 and had two daughters together, Natassia and Stefania. He is now in a relationship with Teresa Silveira.

Musical work[edit]

Jardim's career includes music composition, production, arrangements, and studio work. He took part in the UK selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 1981, fronting the group 'Headache' in the A Song for Europe contest broadcast on BBC1. The song, "Not Without Your Ticket (Don't Go)", placed 7th of the 8 entries.

Beginning with ABC's debut The Lexicon of Love in 1981/82, Jardim has worked extensively on projects with Trevor Horn, including with Seal[1] and on Grace Jones' Slave to the Rhythm, including playing bass on the title track. He produced 'Everything Could Be So Perfect', the debut album by Anne Pigalle for Horn's ZTT label. He went on "tournées" with Tina Turner, George Michael, Rod Stewart, etc. Luís Jardim plays various instruments. He's best known for playing drums, bass, percussion, and guitars. He played live at the 2004 Produced by Trevor Horn show and with The Producers in 2006/7.

He has worked with Madness (on Keep Moving and Mad Not Mad), Asia (on Astra and Arena and Aura), Claire Martin (Take My Heart), Yes, Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones,[2] They Might Be Giants, Mike Batt, David Bowie, Cher, Grace Jones, Björk,[3] Mezzoforte, Bee Gees,[4] Duran Duran, Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello,[5] Gareth Gates, Tom Jones, Alejandro Sanz, Nina Hagen, João Pedro Pais, Eros Ramazzoti, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Johnny Hallyday, Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, Sir Elton John, George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Katie Melua, Modern Romance, Jeff Beck, Fish, Tina Turner, Roddy Frame, Billy Idol, Coldplay, David Gilmour,[6] Tears For Fears and many others.

Work on Portuguese TV[edit]

Jardim became best known in Portugal after his appearance on the Portuguese version of Pop Idol and on other music talent shows on Portuguese television channels. He was then a judge on Uma Canção Para Ti (A song for you), a talent show for young people (between 8 and 15 years old) for two seasons. He was a judge on A Tua Cara Não Me é Estranha, a show where 8 Portuguese celebrities in the field of acting and music mime (vocal and physically, including resorting to blackface frequently) a randomly selected musician every week.


With Seal

  • Seal (Warner Bros. Records, 2003)
  • 7 (Warner Bros. Records, 2015)

With Nina Hagen

With Robbie Williams

With Duncan James

With Sophie B. Hawkins

  • Whaler (Columbia Records, 1994)

With Grace Jones

With Eric Clapton

With Juanes

With Matt Dusk

With Spandau Ballet

With Céline Dion

With Paul Carrack

With David Gilmour

With Howard Jones

With Frankie Goes to Hollywood

With Tanita Tikaram

With Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

With The Buggles

With Yusuf Islam

With Michael W. Smith

With Barry Manilow

With Melanie C

With Holly Johnson

With Black

  • Black (A&M Records, 1991)

With Elvis Costello

With Pet Shop Boys

With Bee Gees

With Julia Fordham

With Mark Owen

With Beverley Craven

With Joan Armatrading

With Will Young

With Wham!

With Dusty Springfield

With Boyzone

With Annie Lennox

  • Diva (Arista Records, 1992)
  • Medusa (Arista Records, 1995)

With The Neville Brothers

With Nerina Pallot

With Duran Duran

With Coldplay

With Garland Jeffreys

With Maggie Reilly

  • Elena (EMI, 1996)

With Murray Head

With Oleta Adams

With Bryan Ferry

  • Taxi (Virgin Records, 1993)
  • Mamouna (Virgin Records, 1994)

With Lisa Stansfield

With Marie-Claire D'Ubaldo

  • Marie Claire D'Ubaldo (Polydor Records, 1994)

With Jennifer Rush

With Asia

  • Arena (Bullet Proof Records, 1996)
  • Aura (Recognition Records, 2001)

With Tears for Fears


  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles; Peel, John (25 October 2004). The great rock discography. Canongate U.S. p. 1338. ISBN 978-1-84195-615-2. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  2. ^ Jagger, Mick; Loewenstein, Dora; Watts, Charlie; Philip Dodd (2003). According to the Rolling Stones. Chronicle Books. p. 352. ISBN 978-0-8118-4060-6. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2006). The essential rock discography. Open City Books. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-84195-860-6. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  4. ^ Strong, Martin Charles; Peel, John (25 October 2004). The great rock discography. Canongate U.S. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-84195-615-2. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  5. ^ Perone, James E. (November 1998). Elvis Costello: a bio-bibliography. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-313-30399-9. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  6. ^ Miles, Barry; Mabbett, Andy (1994). Pink Floyd – The Visual Documentary. London: Omnibus. ISBN 0711941092.

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