Portinho Trio


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Portinho Trio


Portinho needs little introduction. Born in Brazil he moved to the States in the early 1970s. Since arriving in the United States, Portinho has worked with many artists, including Airto Moreira, Gato Barbieri, Harry Belafonte, Dom Salvador, Paquito de Rivera, Astrud Gilberto, Michel Camilo, and Tania Maria. “Portinho is a quiet, modest man with a strong sense of integrity. Everything he plays has a statement in it, and the groove never stops.” – says Carl Stormer (Modern Drummer, 1988). Portinho plays Paiste Cymbals Mapex Drums.

Portinho has recorded with everyone from Nancy Wilson to Michel Legrand and Ron Carter. His engagements have paired him with Herbie Mann to John Lucien and he has performed clinic as far away as Denmark and Switzerland and Germany.

A dynamic pianist of diverse influences and abilities, Klaus Mueller was born in Germany and raised in Japan, Chile and Brazil. He has performed with Kenny Garrett, Nilson Matta, Claudio Roditi, Toninho Horta, Joan Osborne, and many others. He moved to New York City in 1998 when he was offered a full scholarship to complete his studies at the New School. Tours and workshops have led him throughout the United States, the European Union, United Kingdom, Russia, and Caribbean.

Mueller is not only regarded as a keyboardist, but also as an arranger, most notably for jazz piano legend Herbie Hancock. The orchestral arrangements Mueller produced for Hancock were for the “Gershwin’s World” tour in collaboration with Robert Sadin. They were performed by the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many other orchestras across the world.

Electric and acoustic bassist, Lincoln Goines is a mainstay of the New York City jazz, Latin, and studio scene. Lincoln has recorded and performed with an extensive list of artists including Sonny Rollins, Gato Barbieri, Dave Grusin, Carly Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Tania Maria, Michel Camilo, Eliane Elias, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Dave Samuels, Mike Stern, and Wayne Krantz. He is also an author, composer, and music educator.

Vinho Do Porto (MCGJ 1033) features the Portinho Trio along with Itaiguara Brandão playing bass and Jay Ashby on trombone and percussion.

Jay Ashby is emerging as one of the bright new soloist, producers and arrangers in the jazz field. Ashby is a four-time GRAMMY Award winner and six-time nominee for producing and arranging for artists such as Nancy Wilson, Count Basie Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera and New York Voices.

As a result of his long time association with trumpet master Claudio Roditi, Ashby developed a strong affinity towards “Brazilian Jazz” which resulted initially in a 10 year stint as soloist with Astrud Gilberto, and later led to arrangements, tours and recordings with various Brazilian artists including: Tania Maria, Kenia, Ivan Lins and even appearances with the founding fathers of Bossa Nova, Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. In addition, Jay’s experience in other areas of jazz is extensive, including performances and recordings with Paquito D’Rivera, New York Voices, Emily Remler and Stanley Turrentine.