Toninho Horta

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Toninho Horta
Background information
Birth nameAntônio Maurício Horta de Melo
Born (1948-12-02) December 2, 1948 (age 74)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
GenresJazz, Brazilian jazz
Years active1969–present

Antônio Maurício Horta de Melo (born December 2, 1948) is a Brazilian jazz guitarist and vocalist.

In addition to composing and performing his own work, Horta has worked for many years as arranger or sideman for Brazilian artists such as Elis Regina, Milton Nascimento, Maria Bethânia, João Bosco, Airto Moreira, Edu Lobo, Nana Caymmi, Flora Purim, Gal Costa, Sérgio Mendes, Chico Buarque, Flávio Venturini, Joyce, Johnny Alf, Wagner Tiso, Francis Hime, and Beto Guedes.

Music career[edit]

Horta grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. When he was fourteen, he met Milton Nascimento, who became a lifelong friend and occasional collaborator. His work on Clube da Esquina (1972) by Nascimento led to opportunities with Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Bosco, Nana Caymmi, Gal Costa, and Elis Regina. His debut solo album was Terras Dos Passaros in 1980, released in the U.S. through Capitol Records in 1990. He moved to the U.S, and in time worked with Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Sergio Mendes, Philip Catherine, Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, George Duke, and the Manhattan Transfer.[1][2]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 5th best guitarist in the world by the British magazine "Melody Maker" in 1977.
  • 7th best guitarist in 1978, by the same magazine.
  • Honorary Citizen of the City of Austin (USA) in 1983.
  • He integrates the anthology Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz (Legacy/Columbia, 2005), as one of the most influential jazz guitarists of the twentieth century.
  • In 2012, it was included in the list of the 30 greatest Brazilian icons of the guitar and the guitar of the magazine Rolling Stone Brazil.
  • Latin Grammy winner 2020 with the album Belo Horizonte.


As leader[edit]

  • Terra Dos Passaros (EMI, 1980)
  • Toninho Horta (EMI, 1980)
  • Diamond Land (Verve Forecast, 1988)
  • Moonstone (Verve Forecast, 1989)
  • Once I Loved with Gary Peacock, Billy Higgins (Verve, 1992)
  • Durango Kid (Big World Music, 1993)
  • Foot on the Road (Verve Forecast, 1994)
  • Durango Kid 2 (Big World Music, 1995)
  • Serenade (Truspace, 1997)
  • No Circo Voador with Flavio Venturini (Dubas Música, 1997)
  • From Ton to Tom (Minas, 1998)
  • Qualquer Canção with Carlos Fernando (Warner Music Brasil, 1999)
  • Quadros Modernos with Juarez Moreira, Chiquito Braga (Minas, 2001)
  • Com o Pe no Forro (Minas, 2004)
  • Duets with Nicola Stilo (Adventure Music, 2005)
  • Cape Horn with Arismar do Espírito Santo (Porto das Canoas, 2007)
  • Solo Ao Vivo (Minas, 2007)
  • Tonight with Tom Lellis (Adventure Music, 2008)
  • Harmonia e Vozes (Minas, 2010)
  • Minas-Tokyo (Minas, 2013)
  • From Napoli to Belo Horizonte with Antonio Onorato (Sud Music; Minas, 2015)
  • No Horizonte De Napoli with Stefano Silvestri (Minas, 2015)
  • Belo Horizonte (Minas, 2019)
  • Viva Eu with Barbara Casini (Encore Music, 2020)

As sideman[edit]

With Joao Bosco

  • Caca A Raposa (RCA Victor, 1976)
  • Galos de Briga (RCA Victor, 1976)
  • Linha de Passe (RCA Victor, 1979)
  • Tiro de Misericordia (RCA Victor, 1977)

With Joyce

  • Music Inside (Verve Forecast, 1990)
  • Sem Voce (DiscMedi Blau, 1999)
  • Bossa Duets (Sony BMG, 2003)
  • 50 (Biscoito Fino, 2018)

With Milton Nascimento

  • Clube da Esquina (Odeon, 1972)
  • Milagre Dos Peixes (EMI, 1974)
  • Milton (A&M, 1976)
  • Geraes (EMI, 1976)
  • Clube da Esquina 2 (EMI, 1978)
  • Minas (Odeon, 1997)

With others

Further reading[edit]

  • Toninho Horta: Harmonia Compartilhada (Publishing: Terra dos Pássaros, 2010)
  • Songbook: Toninho Horta 108 Partituras (Publishing: Terra dos Pássaros, 2017)


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2013). The great jazz guitarists : the ultimate guide. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ Neder, Alvaro. "Toninho Horta". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 February 2017.

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