Paulinho Garcia

Paulinho Garcia


Brazilian born Jazz guitarist and vocalist based in Chicago, IL.


Paulinho Garcia

Born in Belo Horizonte (capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil) Paulinho began his musical career at the age of nine as a singer in a Sunday children's program in his city's principal radio station, Radio Inconfidencia. In his teens, he performed as a house musician in all musical programs of the Radio network, Guarany--TV Itacolomy. He led his own band, Os Agitadores, and with them recorded his first two albums.
Until his arrival in the U.S. in 1979, Paulinho composed, arranged, produced, and performed jingles for HP Studios. Four of his commercials received national awards. Having moved to Chicago, he performed and recorded two albums with the band Made in Brazil. In 1991 he founded his own band, Jazzmineiro, whose eponymous 1996 CD received excellent reviews in the Chicago Tribune, Jazziz magazine, the Brazilian Music Review, and The Brazilians.
Paulinho was the recipient of the "Best jazz entertainer" award for the year 2001 by the Chicago Music Awards. His new recording "Homage", released in Tokyo on September 2002, was chosen as the best vocal CD in Japan for 2002 and was among the best 20 overall.
Paulinho has performed in many cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, touring Japan for six months with Made in Brazil. In 2000 and 2001 he toured Poland, Prague and Bratislava with singer Grazyna Auguscik. Paulinho also performed with saxophonist Greg Fishman (his partner in Two for Brazil). In 2001 they performed at the North Sea jazz festival in the Netherlands, the Singapore jazz festival and at the Holland American jazz cruise. In 2002 they performed in Hong Kong and Bangkok and most recently at the Fujitsu Concord jazz festival throughout various cities in Japan. It was then that Paulinho added Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik and named his new trio Three for Brazil. In 2003 Two for Brazil played Joe Siegel's jazz cruise "jazz party at sea" (October 26 thru November 2). His line up for 2004 included a tour of Poland in March, Bahamas in May, as well as performing at one of Japan's largest jazz festivals, Jazz Elite, with Three for Brazil (June 8th thru 21st), a second "jazz party at sea" cruise (October 23 thru 30th) and two TV concerts in the Netherlands in November. In 2005, In addition to many festivals throughout the USA, Paulinho performed in various cities in Poland, The Ukraine and Prague in April, The Singapore jazz festival in July, Joe Siegel’s jazz cruise to Alaska in September, the Jazz cruise of the Bahamas in October, and the Bangkok jazz festival in early February 2006. Paulinho just released two new CDs: a new solo CD (Tempo Feliz) and a CD of well known movie songs (Two for Brazil goes to the movies) in an inviting Brazilian style with his duo Two for Brazil.

Greg Fishman

Saxophonist and flutist Greg Fishman is an accomplished performer, recording artist, teacher and clinician. Born in Chicago in 1967, he grew up in the northern suburbs, graduated from De Paul University, and got his Masters Degree in Jazz at Northwestern University. He is the foremost expert on the music of Stan Getz, and is the author of three Getz transcription books for Hal Leonard. Greg has performed with such artists as Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Jackie & Roy, Marian McPartland, Ira Sullivan, Eddie Higgins, and the Woody Herman Band. He is the co-leader of a jazz quartet which has toured the USA and Southeast Asia, and he performs regularly at Andy's with Eric Schneider, and at various Chicago clubs with the Judy Roberts band. Greg was recently featured at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. He has recorded several jazz CDs, including Roberts' CD "Circle of Friends" and "In The Moment." Greg's newest release, "Two for Brazil Plays The Standards," with guitarist Paulinho Garcia, is receiving rave reviews.

Grazyna Auguscick

Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik has won the praise and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and even non-jazz audiences with a singular voice that speaks a universal language.
She began music career in Europe, completed her studies in 1992 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston,
Since 1994, Grazyna has made Chicago her home where she performs at the legendary Green Mill, and a most memorable appearances at the 1998 and 2002 Chicago Jazz Festival among Nancy Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Brandford Marsalis, Randy Weston, Von Freeman, Roy Hargrove, Irakere and many others. Amidst her active schedule of World wild performances, Grazyna has managed to record, produce and distribute ten albums, six under her own record label, GMA Records, and appearing on as many projects as a guest. Her album “Pastels” was one of the best in 1998, chosen by National Public Radio listeners.
The begining of New Millennium brings her three new albums. “Fragile” in collaboration with one of the best Brazilian singer and guitarist Paulinho Garcia was TOP 20 JAZZ ALBUMS of the year 2000 on WBEZ CHICAGO 91.5 FM


Paulinho Garcia's U.S. discography:

* Jazzmineiro, (1996), featuring the 7-piece band Jazzmineiro.

* Solo, (1998), a solo voice & guitar album.

* Two for Brazil, (February 2000), a highly acclaimed duo with saxophonist Greg Fishman.

* Fragile, (April 2000), a duo performance with singer Grazyna Auguscik.

* Dois no Choro's Carinhoso, (November 2000), a modern interpretation of traditional choro music from Brazil in duo performance with flutist Julie Koidin.

* Two for Noel, (December 2000), A Christmas CD in Brazilian Style with the duo Two For Brazil.

* Juntos, (July 2001) the new Dois No Choro's CD with the participation of world renown Brazilian Flutist Altamiro Carrilho and Brazilian pianist Maria Teresa Madeira among others.

* Two for Brazil Plays The Standards, (2001), standard American and Brazilian songs in Paulinho Garcia's own Brazilian style.

* Three for Brazil's "Homage" CD, (Sept. 2002), Available in Japan. The new trio release.

* Take Five, (Jan 2003), Two for Brazil CD.

* Two for Brazil goes to the movies, (Dec 2006) a collection of movie Themes in Paulinho Garcia's Brazilian style including vocals of Chicago Jazz icon, Judy Roberts.

* Tempo Feliz, (Dec 2006) Paulinho Garcia's newest solo CD.

Set List

Brazilian and American jazz and standards repertoire

60:00 min sets

2 or 3 sets a night

repertoire is large and varied enough to cover 6 sets