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Award-Winning Guitarist/Vocalist Chico Pinheiro & The Quentin Baxter Quartet
March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until March 14, 2020
The Jazz Corner is honored to present award-winning guitarist/vocalist Chico Pinheiro.
Accompanying Pinheiro for the concert will be flutist David Heywood, pianist Demetrius Doctor, bassist Kevin Hamilton, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Pinheiro started playing the guitar when he was six. At 14, he started working as studio session guitarist and soon began to be called to collaborate with a wide range of artists in his hometown, then in Brazil, then abroad. In 2002, Pinheiro put together a band of his own and started recording as leader.
His first album, Meia Noite Meio Dia (Sony Music/ 2003) was released in 2003 with great reviews at all the most important newspapers and music magazines in Brazil and abroad. It was and included in the Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year in the major newspapers of Brazil – O Estado de São Paulo, A Folha de São Paulo and O Globo. This well-received debut included performances from special guest vocalists Lenine, Ed Motta, Chico César, and Maria Rita .
His second release, Chico Pinheiro (Biscoito Fino/ 2005) enjoyed great critical and audience acclaim, once more being included in the Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year by several Brazilian newspapers.
The third album, NOVA, was released in December of 2007 in collaboration with the American guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson. Once again, it was celebrated by critics and audiences.
His fourth album, There’s a Storm Inside (CT Music Japan/ Sunnyside Records, NY, 2010) was released in 35 countries. It includes guests such as Dianne Reeves and Bob Mintzer, and was featured in Downbeat, Revista Veja, O Estado de São Paulo, Folha de São Paulo, Jornal O GLOBO and Revista. Rolling Stone listed the collection among the best albums of the year. This record also Best Brazilian Jazz Álbum of the Year and Best Latin Jazz Composition of 2010 with “Mamulengo,” in the Latin Jazz Corner Association, USA. Pinheiro also won as Best Latin Jazz Guitarist, in the same association.
In 2012 he released the CD TRIZ, in partnership with the pianist and composer André Mehmari and singer and composer Sergio Santos. The album received highly favorable reviews and was also listed among the best albums of the year.
Meanwhile. Pinheiro was included as one of the Rising Star / Guitar by Downbeat Magazine’s annual critics poll list, along with Julian Lage, Peter Bernstein and Adam Rogers. In 2017 Pinheiro released Varanda, a special collaboration project that again was included as ‘best of the year’ in all major papers and magazines in Brazil and abroad. His composition “Varanda” was performed by Vince Mendoza and the WDR Big Band on the Project Focus on Brazil, along with Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo, Gilberto Gil, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Villa Lobos.
Alongside his projects as leader, he also has collaborated with artists such as Placido Domingo, Brad Mehldau, Dave Grusin, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Danilo Pérez, Nnenna Freelon, Bob Mintzer, Herbie Hancock, Brian Blade (IJD), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The Paris Jazz Big Band, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, The Seasons Guitar Quartet with Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage & Steve Cardenas, Esperanza Spalding, Joyce, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Chico César, Ed Motta, César Camargo Mariano, Elza Soares, Luciana Souza, Monarco, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, John Patitucci, Eddie Gomez, Gary Novak, Lee Ritenour, Abraham Laboriel, Paulinho da Costa, Sammy Figueroa, Cachaíto Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), Roberto Fonseca, Ari Hoenig, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Peter Erskine, Giovani Hidalgo, amongst others.
“Chico Pinheiro is a major player and writer – he is someone who will be around for a long, long time!” – BRAD MEHLDAU
“Chico Pinheiro is the next generation of great Brazilian musicians. He’s fantastic, somebody to really keep your eye on.” – BOB MINTZER
“When I first heard Chico Pinheiro I was instantly struck by his great musicality and virtuosity. I pray that his talent and inspiration will keep growing and may continue to inspire and guide the next generation.” – MOACIR SANTOS
“Chico Pinheiro is the best example of the existence of light at the end of the tunnel, clearly proving people wrong who’ve claimed that nobody interesting has emerged on the Brazilian music scene since my generation. ” – EDU LOBO
“I love his artistic voice: very sweet, passionate, and at the same time very fresh and new.” – DIANNE REEVES
“Pinheiro’s charms as a guitarist, composer and vocalist are hard to resist. Imagine a young Chet Baker, with Luiz Bonfa’s chops and Marcos Valle’s aching sense of melody, and you get a combination that will have you completely surrendered!” – Jazz Times Magazine