Francisco Pais Quintet

Francisco Pais Quintet


Inspired by classical, rock, and jazz, Pais' music is fresh and original contemporary jazz. His music is best live, but his recordings are stellar nonetheless. His band combines strong instrumental technique with inventive musicality creating music that appeals to nearly every audience.


Francisco just got signed with Fresh Sound New Talent a label based of Barcelona in Spain. His debut CD “Not Afraid of Color” was released in March 2006. Francisco’s own band, the Francisco Pais Quintet, features some of NY best players and plays primarily original music that blends elements of American jazz with European classical music and Pop. The quintet has been touring in Europe for five years, playing at a number of famous venues and jazz festivals including the Hot Club of Lisbon, the Cultural Center of Belem, the Almodovar Jazz festival, and Tomar Jazz Festival. As the leader of the quintet, Francisco has been fortunate to collaborate with musicians such as Chris Cheek, Massimo Biolcati, Dayna Stephens, Peter Slavov, Albert Sanz, Ferenc Nemeth, Nathan Blehar, Leo Genovese and Demien Cabaud. They have helped to shape the sound of his band and to inspire his compositions.

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1976, Francisco started playing music when his father taught him his first chords on the guitar at age 5. During Francisco’s youth, his father introduced him to a range of music, including fado, sixties rock, and traditional Brazilian music. Very early on, he knew that he wanted to be a professional musician.

After an audition in Paris in 1998, Francisco was awarded a scholarship to come to the United States to study jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, he had the opportunity to take lessons and attend master classes by Pat Metheny, Peter Bernstein, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Mulgrew Miller, Ralph Peterson, Jeff Tain Watts, Hal Crook, Branford Marsalis and Mick Goodrick. In 2002, Francisco graduated cum laude with a B.A. in music performance.

When he first arrived in Boston, Francisco gained extensive experience in big band music, playing and touring with an orchestra in such venues as Central Park, the Today Show (at NBC Studios), the Boston Sports Awards, the Emerson Majestic Theater and the Wang Center. He later performed with a number of prominent musicians, including Joe Lovano, Dave Santoro, John Benitez, George Garzonne, and Mick Goodrich. Recently he played in Prague and Amsterdam at the Summer Jazz Workshop along side David Doruzka, Petar Dvorski, Josephine Lindstrand, Marteen Van Der Griten and others. In 2002 he was invited to teach and perform at the Litchfield Jazz Festival and its summer program. Then, in 2003, Francisco became head of the jazz department at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island. Francisco is also the director of the Wheeler jazz camp where during a week in June he hires the best jazz players in the New York scene for a week of workshops, master classes and concerts.


Not Afraid of Color- Francisco Pais

Set List

Varies heavily depending upon new material but:

Water from the Moon

Melody for Damien
Always Dreaming