Amaro Freitas

The coastal city Recife is located in the hot North-Eastern Brazilian state Pernambuco. Here, Amaro Freitas pioneers the new style of Brazilian jazz. The spirit of his hometown is a strong inspiration for the young pianist. Amaro’s highly percussive jazz approach is as much a result of these Pernambuco traditions, as Coltrane Parker, Parker, and Monk. Amaro, like many greats before him began playing the piano in church at the age of 12, under the guidance of his father, who was also the leader of the church’s band. His natural talent quickly became apparent and he outgrew the father’s guidance. Although he was offered a spot at the Conservatorio Pernambucano de Musica, he had to leave because his family couldn’t afford the bus fare. Amaro continued to gig at weddings with his band and worked as a call center agent to pay for his tuition. Amaro was 15 years old when he found a DVD of Chick corea’s concert. “He completely blew me mind, I’d never experienced anything like it, but I knew that this is what I wanted to do if I had a piano.” Amaro, despite not having a piano of his own, continued to study day and night. He would play imaginary keys in his bedroom until he was able to make a deal with a local restaurant so he could practice before the opening hours. Amaro, who was 22 years old, was a sought-after musician in Recife. He was also the resident pianist at Mingus’ jazz bar. He met Jean Elton, a bassist, and began to collaborate with him. The pair then set out in search for a drummer. We heard about this kid playing 7/8 and 6/4 all the time, so we had to meet him. Hugo Medeiros joined and the Amaro Freitas Trio was formed. from

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