Mário João Laginha dos Santos, OIH (born April 25, 1960 in Lisbon), piano player and composer, is one of the most creative contemporary Portuguese jazz musicians. He is mostly recognized for his recurrent collaborations with fellow Portuguese jazz singer Maria João, with whom he recorded over a dozen discs and toured Portugal and Europe several times. Other famed collaboration work includes four-handed piano sessions with Bernardo Sassetti and Pedro Burmester.
Mário's early influences include Keith Jarrett.
His first solo record, "Canções e Fugas", went on sale on March 2006.
Previous recordings (most recent appear on top):
- Chocolate (*) (2008)
- Tralha (*)
- Grândolas - Seis Canções e Dois Pianos nos Trinta Anos de Abril (2004)
- Mário Laginha e Bernardo Sassetti
- Undercovers (*) (2003)
- Mumadji (live) (*) (2001)
- Chorinho Feliz (*) (2000)
- Lobos, Raposas e Coiotes (*) (1999)
- Cor (*) (1998)
- Fábula (*) (1996)
- Danças (*) (1994)
- Sol (Cal Viva) (*)
- Cem Caminhos (1985)
- Quinteto Maria João (*) (1983)
- Ao Encontro (Sexteto de Jazz de Lisboa)
(*) - with Maria João
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