Jovino Santos Neto

Jovino Santos Neto


Brazilian pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto played for 15 years with the legendary Hermeto Pascoal in Brazil before relocating to Seattle, where he has built a solid reputation as one of the most creative exponents of contemporary music.


The barriers between classical music, jazz, and indigenous Brazilian music have been obscured by Rio de Janeiro-born and Seattle-based pianist, flutist, and composer Jovino Santos Neto. A member of Hermeto Pascoal's legendary band from 1977 to 1992, Santos Neto has continued to expand on his world music-influenced vocabulary. He built on his knowledge of Brazilian music during a stint with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim's group, Fourth World, from 1993 until 1997. He also worked with such artists as Mike Marshall, Richard Boukas, Celso Machado and Chitravina N. Ravikiran. He has recorded several albums with flutist Gary Stroutsos, including the Native American-influenced People of the Willows in 2000. He toured Europe in 1994 with Swiss cellist David Pezzoti. 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 by Ao Vivo em Olympia in 2000 (with the addition of percussionist Jeff Busch and Harvey Wainapel on saxes and clarinet) and by Canto do Rio in 2003. Canto do Rio was commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Works program and was nominated for a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. He also received commissions by the IAJE and ASCAP, Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust and Meet the Composer. Jovino was the recipient of a Golden Ear Award as the Best Jazz Instrumentalist of the Pacific Northwest in 2004.

Studying classical piano from the age of 12, Santos Neto moved to Beatles and Rolling Stones-influenced pop by his 15th birthday. He began to focus on jazz while studying biology at McGill University in Montreal. Invited to tour Brazil with Hermeto Pascoal in 1977, Santos Neto remained an important part of the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist's band for 15 years, co-producing six albums, including Festa dos Deuses, which received a Sharp Prize as Best Instrumental Album in 1992, and archiving thousands of Pascoal's compositions. Relocating to the United States in 1993 after performing on Sergio Mendes's Grammy award-winning world music album, Brasileiro, Santos Neto studied conducting at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he continues to teach piano, composition, and jazz ensemble. He gives lectures and workshops on Brazilian music worldwide and continues to collaborate with his long time mentor Hermeto Pascoal as the music director of the Hermeto Pascoal Big Band. He is a member of the IAJE, Chamber Music America, NARAS, LARAS and the Seattle Composers Alliance.


2006 Jovino Santos Neto Roda Carioca (Rio Circle) (Adventure Music)

2003 Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto Canto do Rio (Liquid City)

2003 Mike Marshall/ Jovino Santos Neto Serenata (Adventure Music)

2003 Tingstad & Rumbel Acoustic Garden (Narada Records) Grammy Award for best New Age Record of 2002

2001 Chitravian N. Ravikiran Rays and Forays (Naxos World)

2001 Jovino Santos Neto/Richard Boukas Balaio (Malandro Records)

2000 Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto Ao Vivo em Olympia(Liquid City Records)

1999 Various Artist People of the Willows (Makoché Records)

1997 Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto Caboclo (Liquid City Records)

1997 Gary Stroutos The Native Heart (Makoché Records)

1997 Mike Marshal Brasil Duets (EarthBeat Traveller Records)

1996 Fourth World Encounters of the Fourth World (B&W Records)

1996 Gary Stroutos Winds of Honor (Makoché Record)

1995 Flora Purim Speed of Light (B&W Records)

1992 Sergio Mendes Brasileiro (Elektra) Grammy Award Winner for best world Music Album 1992

1992 Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo Festa dos Deuses (Polygram Brazil)

1987 Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo Só não toca quem não quer (Som da Gente)

1985 Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo Brasil Universo (Som da Gente)

1984 Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo Lagoa da Canoa, Municipio de Arapiraca (Som da Gente)

1982 Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo (Som da Gente)

1980 Hermeto Pascoal (Cerebro Magnetico) (WEA Brasil)

1980 Hermeto Pascoal Ao Vivo em Montreux (WEA Brasil)

1979 Hermeto Pascoal Zabumbê-Bum-Á (WEA Brasil)

Set List

a typical set has 80% of original compositions, plus some pieces by Brazilian composers such as Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal. The sets can be 60 or 90 minutes long, reflecting a wide cariety of moods, form the lyrical to the energetic.