Naná Vasconcelos

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Naná Vasconcelos
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Background information
Born (1944-08-02) August 2, 1944 (age 71)
Recife, Brazil
Genres Latin jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, songwriter, instrumentalist, vocalist
Instruments Percussion, berimbau, vocals
Years active 1973-present

Naná Vasconcelos (born August 2, 1944) is a Brazilian Latin jazz percussionist, vocalist and berimbau player, most notable for his works with Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Egberto Gismonti, and Gato Barbieri.

Vasconcelos was born in Recife. Beginning from 1967 he joined many artists' works as a percussionist. Among his many collaborations, he contributed to four Jon Hassell albums from 1976 to 1980 (including Possible Musics by B. Eno and Hassell), and later to several Pat Metheny Group works and Jan Garbarek concerts from early 1980s to early 1990s. In 1984 he appeared on the Pierre Favre album Singing Drums along with Paul Motian. He also appears on Arild Andersen's album If You Look Far Enough with Ralph Towner.

He formed a group named Codona with Don Cherry and Collin Walcott, which released three albums in 1978, 1980 and 1982.[1][2][3]

In 1981 he performed at the Woodstock Jazz Festival, held in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Creative Music Studio. In 1998, Vasconcelos contributed "Luz De Candeeiro" to the AIDS benefit compilation album Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Vasconcelos was awarded the Best Percussionist Of The Year by the Down Beat Critics Poll for seven consecutive years, from 1984 to 1990.[4]


As leader[edit]

As contributor[edit]

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

With Codona

With Don Cherry

With Pierre Favre

With Jan Garbarek

With Egberto Gismonti

With Danny Gottlieb

With Pat Metheny

With Jim Pepper

With Woody Shaw

With Gary Thomas


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