Naná Vasconcelos

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Nana de VasconcelosNaná Vasconcelos (August 2, 1944 – March 9, 2016)

One of the most prestigious percussionist from Brazil has left us with a vast treasure of tremendous work with Brazilian Music.
Nana was a Brazilian Latin jazz percussionist, vocalist and berimbau player, notable for his work with Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Egberto Gismonti, and Gato Barbieri.


Vasconcelos was born in Recife. Beginning from 1967 he joined many artists’ works as a percussionist. Among his many collaborations, he contributed to four Jon Hassell albums from 1976 to 1980 (including Possible Musics by B. Eno and Hassell), and later to several Pat Metheny Group works and Jan Garbarek concerts from early 1980s to early 1990s. In 1984 he appeared on the Pierre Favre album Singing Drums along with Paul Motian. He also appears on Arild Andersen’s album If You Look Far Enough with Ralph Towner. Read more>>>







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