Toninho Horta

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Toninho Horta
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Background information
Birth name Antônio Maurício Horta de Melo
Born (1948-12-02)December 2, 1948
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Genres Jazz, Brazilian jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1969–present

Antônio Maurício Horta de Melo (born December 2, 1948) is a Brazilian jazz guitarist. He plays electric guitar, acoustic nylon guitar, and sings.

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 Bethania, 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]


  • Beto Guedes, Danilo Caymmi, Novelli e Toninho Horta (EMI-Odeon, 1973)
  • Terra dos Pássaros (Independente, 1980; reissued on Dubas/WEA, 1995 and 2008)
  • Toninho Horta (EMI-Odeon, 1980; reissued on Minas, 2002)
  • Diamond Land (Polygram/Verve Forecast, 1988)
  • Concerto Planeta Terra with Nelson Ayres, Nivaldo Ornellas and Marcio Montarroyos (Independente, 1989)
  • Toninho Horta e Flavio Venturini no Circo Voador (Dubas/WEA, 1989; reissued in 1997)
  • Moonstone (Polygram/Verve Forecast, 1989)
  • Once I Loved (Polygram/Verve Forecast, 1992)
  • Durango Kid, Part I (Big World, 1993)
  • Live in Moskow (B&W, 1994)
  • Foot on the Road (Polydor K.K. Japan, 1994)
  • Toninho Horta & Carlos Fernando (Dubas/Warner, 1994; reissued in 2004)
  • Durango Kid 2 (Big World, 1995)
  • Toninho Horta & Joyce (Shinsei-Do, Japan 1995; reissued in Brazil on Biscoito Fino, 2007)
  • From Belo to Seoul with Jack Lee (TruSpace, South Korea 1997; reissued in Brazil on Minas, 2001)
  • Serenade (TruSpace/Aqui-Oh, 1997)
  • From Ton to Tom (De Ton Para Tom) – A Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim (Video Arts, 1998; reissued on Minas, 2002, and on Ressonance,2008)
  • Duets with Nicola Stilo (Millesuoni/RCA Italy, 1999; reissued in the US on Adventure, 2005)
  • Quadros Modernos with Juarez Moreira and Chiquito Braga (Independent, 2000, and Minas, 2001)
  • Com o Pé no Forró (Minas, 2004)
  • Solo ao Vivo (Minas, 2007)
  • Toninho in Vienna (PAO, 2007)
  • Cape Horn with Arismar do Espírito Santo (Porto das Canoas, 2007)
  • Tonight with Tom Lellis (Adventure, 2008)
  • To Jobim with Love (Resonance, 2008)
  • Harmonia e Vozes (Minas, 2010)
  • Minas / Tokio (Minas, 2010)
  • Japa (Minas, 2010)
  • From Napoli To Belo Horizonte with Antonio Onorato (Minas, 2013)
  • No Horizonte de Napoli with Stefano Silvestri (Minas, 2014)
  • Alegria é Guardada em Cofres, Catedrais with Alaíde Costa (Minas, 2015)
  • Cuerdas Del Sur with Juarez Moreira, Chiquito Braga, Luiz Salinas & Cristian Gálvez (Minas, 2017)


  • Violões de Minas (2005)
  • Tom de Minas - Solo ao Vivo (2010)
  • A Música Audaz de Toninho Horta (2010)


  • Toninho Horta Harmonia Compartilhada (2010), (Biography)


  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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