Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Seattle-based pianist, flutist, and composer Jovino Santos Neto continues to blur the boundaries between classical music, jazz, and indigenous Brazilian music. A member of Hermeto Pascoal’s legendary band from 1977 to 1992, Santos Neto built a solid reputation as a creative and inspired musician, producer, and arranger.
He has worked with such artists as Sergio Mendes, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Mike Marshall, Gary Stroutsos and Richard Boukas. Santos Neto’s 1997 debut solo album Caboclo featuring his compositions with the accompaniment of quartet members Hans Teuber (saxophones, flute), Chuck Deardorf (bass) and Mark Ivester (drums), was followed in 2000 by Live in Olympia and in 2003 Canto do Rio, the latter commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Works program and nominated for a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. His subsequent CD, Roda Carioca, was released in 2006 on Adventure Music and earned Santos Neto a second Latin Grammy nomination. His CD Alma do Nordeste (Soul of the Northeast), was inspired by the music of Northeastern Brazil. A duo CD with pianist Weber Iago, Live at Caramoor has received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2009. Santos Neto has received commissions from the International Association of Jazz Educators, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust and Meet the Composer. He was also the recipient of a Golden Ear Award as the Best Jazz Instrumentalist of the Pacific Northwest in 2004.