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Nilson Matta: Bio

A pioneer in the art of playing Brazilian Jazz on an acoustic bass, Nilson Matta has been a force in the evolution and popularity of Brazilian Jazz and considered one of the greatest bass players in the world and Downbeat called him "a powerhouse bass player".  Nilson studied bass at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with Sandrino Santoro, Brazil premier.

Nilson mastery of the instrument and unique sound has earned him a reputation as one of the industries most sought after players and has become the first call of all many top US musicians.

At an incredibly young age, Nilson was already recognized as one of Brazil's most impressive bass players. During his years living in Brazil, he played the with luminaries such as João Gilberto, Hermeto Pascoal, João Bosco, Johnny Alf, Helio Delmiro, Luis Bonfá, Chico Buarque, MPB-4 and many others.

Since Nilson moved to New York in the 80's and since then he has performed and recorded with renowned artists as Sadao Watanabe, Paquito D'Rivera, Mark Murphy, Don Friedman, Oscar Castro Neves, Paul Winter, Claudio Roditi, Gato Barbieri, Herbie Mann, and many others.

With the legendary pianist Don Pullen Nilson co-founded the project "The African-Brazilian Connection.  The group released three critically acclaimed albums on Blue Note Records.

Matta worked extensively with four-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Henderson.  Nilson played a vital role in the recording of the album "Joe Henderson Big Band", which went on to take the Grammy for Best Large Ensemble Performance.

When Yo Yo Ma went looking for band members to fill out his new Brazilian Project, Nilson was the obvious choice on bass.  Nilson recorded "Obrigado Brazil","Live in Concert - Carnegie Hall"  and "Yo Yo Ma & Friends", all of them were Grammy Winners. These albums prompted a worldwide tour that lasted for 2 years and touched every corner of the globe. After that Nilson recorded again with Yo Yo Ma on his album "Songs of Joy & Peace".

Nilson started a project of his own with a longtime friends Romero Lubambo and Duduka Da Fonseca. Nilson named themselves "Trio Da Paz".  The trio quickly gained a distinction of one of the foremost Brazilian Jazz groups and after 5 albums, they are more in demand than ever.

Since 2006, since has been focused on many of his own projects. That year he released "Walking With My Bass", which was released  to numerous accolades in publication around the world. That gave him more desire to record his next two albums, Nilson Matta' Brazilian Voyage "Copacabana" and Nilson Matta's "Black Orpheus".

Throughout his longstanding career, Matta has shared his passion for, and expertise in Brazilian music - not only with audiences but with aspiring musicians and hobbyists - Nilson is a Music and Artist Director of Samba Meets Jazz Workshops, a week long programs in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, New York City and Bar Harbor, Maine/USA.

1 Sertao
2 Verde
3 Boogie Stop Shuffle
4 Blue in Green
5 E Menina
6 Mojave
7 Proemio Do Mingus
8 Luas de Nadine
9 Angela
10 Mambo Inn
Nilson Matta Remembers Joe Henderson - Jazz Meets Samba at JEN

To reconsider an old expression, this album doesn't just represent the "best of both worlds" – but rather the collective greatness of at least three or four.  Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

Bassist/Composer Nilson Matta releases "EastSideRioDrive," a uniquely creative recording that's got some real force and punch to it. The blend of South (Romero Lubambo, Cyro Baptista) and North (Anne Drummond, Craig Handy) American musicians– as well as pianist Edsel Gomez from Puerto Rico - is a wonderfully balanced mixture of jazzy sounds from the two hemispheres.  It's soothing and relaxing in places, but gutsy and bold in others – it utilizes the conventions of the genre creatively and, at the same time, refuses to be limited by them.

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