Nelson Faria

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Nelson Faria (March 23, 1963 in Belo Horizonte) is a Brazilian guitar player.[1]


Started his guitar lessons with Sidney Barros (Gamela) in Brasilia. At the age of 19 moved to Los Angeles and studied at the G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology) with Frank Gambale, Joe Pass and Scott Henderson. He has played and recorded with João Bosco, Ivan Lins, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lisa Ono, Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo, Cássia Eller, Jerzy Milewski, Paulo Moura, Toninho Horta, Antonio Adolfo, Carlos Malta, Fatima Guedes, Leila Pinheiro, Nivaldo Ornelas, Ana Caram, Mauricio Einhorn, Nico Assumpção, Gustavo Tavares and Wagner Tiso, among others, and is part of Nosso Trio.

Nelson has played at the most important jazz festivals around the world, including Montreux Jazz Festival, Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival.


  • Ioiô (1993) Perfil Musical
  • Beatles, um tributo Brasileiro (1998) Solo Music
  • Janelas Abertas (1999) Lumiar Discos
  • Tres/Three (2000) Independente
  • Nelson Faria (2003) Independente
  • Vento Bravo (2005) Independente
  • Nosso trio ao Vivo (2006) DVD Independente
  • Buxixo (2009) Delira Musica ; With Gilson Peranzzetta (Duo record)
  • Leila Pinheiro, Banda Pequi e Nelson Faria (2010) UFG
  • Nelson Faria & Frankfurt Radio Bigband Live in Frankfurt (2011)
  • Na esquina de Mestre Mignone (2012) With Gustavo Tavares (Duo Record)
  • 'Céu e mar' (2012) label: Far Out; With Leila Pinheiro (Duo Record)


  • 1991 - A Arte da Improvisação (Lumiar Editora)
  • 1995 - The Brazilian Guitar Book (Sher Music)
  • 1999 - Acordes, Arpejos e Escalas (Lumiar Editora)
  • 2002 - Inside The Brazilian Rhythm Section (Sher Music)
  • 2008 - Toque Junto Bossa Nova (Lumiar Editora)
  • 2009 - Harmonia Aplicada ao Violão e à Guitarra (Técnicas em Chord Melody)


  1. ^ Neder, Alvaro. "Biography: Nelson Faria". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 June 2010.