(born September 18
in Rio de Janeiro
) is a Brazilian/American jazz pianist
Jovino Santos-Neto started playing piano at age 13, and by 16 was playing keyboards in a band called "The Vacancy Group" in Bangu, West Zone of Rio.
Jovino earned a degree in Biology, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and later from Macdonald College of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
In 1977 he joined the group led by the legendary Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal, working as a pianist, flutist, composer, arranger and producer. Since leaving Hermeto's group in 1992 and relocating to the United States, he has released several recordings and toured internationally as the leader of his own ensemble and also in collaboration with musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and Mike Marshall.
Santos-Neto teaches at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts and is also a frequent teacher at Jazz Camp West.
- Caboclo (1997)
- Ao Vivo em Olympia (Live in Olympia, WA) (2000)
- Balaio (Basket) (with Richard Boukas) (2001)
- Canto do Rio (2003)
- Serenata (with Mike Marshall) (2003)
- Brazil duets (with Mike Marshall) (2005)
- Roda Carioca (2006)
- Alma do Nordeste (Soul of the Northeast) (2008)