Naná Vasconcelos

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Naná Vasconcelos
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Background information
Born (1944-08-02)2 August 1944
Recife, Brazil
Died 9 March 2016(2016-03-09) (aged 71)
Brazil
Occupation(s) Composer, songwriter, instrumentalist, vocalist
Instruments Percussion, berimbau, vocals
Years active 1973-2016

Naná Vasconcelos (2 August 1944 – 9 March 2016) was a Brazilian percussionist, vocalist and berimbau player, notable for his work as a solo artist on over two dozen albums, and as a backing musician with Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Egberto Gismonti, Gato Barbieri and Milton Nascimento.

Biography[edit]

Vasconcelos was born in Recife, Brazil. 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 Brian 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] He was also honored with eight Grammy Awards. [5]

Vasconcelos was diagnosed with lung cancer in mid 2015. [6] He died from the disease on 9 March 2016, in Recife.[7]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As contributor[edit]

With Gato Barbieri

With Walter Bishop, Jr.

With Safy Boutella

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

With Talking Heads

With Jon Hassell

With Ginger Baker

With Paul Simon

With B.B. King

With Mauricio Maestro

  • Upside Down

With Arto Lindsay

With Milton Nascimento

  • Maria Maria/Último Trem (2005)
  • Melhor de Milton Nascimento (1999)
  • Angelus (1994)
  • Miltons (1989)
  • Journey to Dawn (1979)
  • Geraes (1976)
  • Milagre dos Peixes (1973)

With Os Mutantes

With Herb Alpert

With Ron Carter

  • Patrao (1980)

With Chaka Khan

With Collin Walcott

  • Works (1980)

With Sergio Mendes

With Jack DeJohnette

  • Invisible Forces (1987)

With Ambitious Lovers

With Laurie Anderson

With Caetano Veloso

With Debbie Harry

With Carly Simon

With Ryuichi Sakamoto

With Trilok Gurtu

  • Living Magic (1991)

With Vienna Boys' Choir

  • Around the World: Where Jazz Meets World Music (1991)

With David Sanborn

With John Zorn

With Penguin Cafe Orchestra

  • Union Café (1993)

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