November 3rd, 2009
Jovino Santos Neto at Tula’s performing in the Earshot Jazz Festival lineup on Monday night with his quintet. Lots of fun watching him play with Harvey Wainapel on saxophone and Chuck Deardorff on bass.
The master pianist, ﬂutist, composer, and arranger, beloved for his musical playfulness and stunning technique, is one of the top Brazilian musicians working today. Now based in Seattle, Jovino Santos Neto has throughout his career been closely affiliated with Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal, working as an integral part of Pascoal’s group from 1977-1992. Santos Neto relocated to the United States in 1993 and studied conducting at the Cornish College of the Arts, where he continues to teach piano, composition, and jazz ensemble. He is a three-time Latin Grammy Award nominee, for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2004, 2006, and 2009. The Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto here features guest saxophonist Harvey Wainapel. Wainapel concentrates equally on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil (for which he also plays clarinet) is reflected in his acclaimed releases as a leader.