Jazz@First Series – Bruno Mangueira Quartet, featuring Bruno Mangueira
Sunday, January 22 @ 2pm | First Unitarian Church

Series Sponsor: Al Harris

Guitarist Bruno Mangueira, one of the extraordinary new voices in Brazilian jazz, returns to Cincinnati. He will perform his hauntingly beautiful compositions, along with some classic Brazilian melodies, with the Phil DeGreg Trio. He has produced three beautiful CDs and written for orchestra and big band as well. Bruno is a virtuoso player with a warm and inviting sound.

Bruno Mangueira was born in Vitoria, Brazil in 1978. He has been appearing on the Brazilian and international scenes as a guitarist, composer and arranger. He started playing guitar at the age of 4, through his father. At 16 he began his professional activities as a big band guitarist. In 1998 he moved to the city of Campinas, where he completed his bachelors, masters and doctorate in music from the University of Campinas (Unicamp). He also lived in São Paulo, New York City and Cincinnati, where he developed part of his doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati.

Bruno has participated in concerts and recordings alongside Brazilian artists including Toninho Horta, Nelson Ayres, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paulo Jobim, Filó Machado, Sizão Machado and Helio Alves. His work with American artists has included Phil DeGreg, Rick DellaRatta, Mandy Gaines, Kim Pensyl and Paul Keller. In Paris, he has played with Leonardo Montana, Bruno Schorp and Fred Pasqua.

Appearing as a soloist with symphony orchestras and big bands in Brazil and the U.S., he has worked as arranger and musical director for various CDs, DVD and concerts. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by orchestras and big bands in several Brazilian and North American cities.

His recordings as a group member include the CDs of the Trio Azeviche (2007), big band Banda Urbana (2011), and trio with Nailor Proveta and Carlos Roberto Oliveira on Companhia Sarau – Mostra Instrumental (2007).

His first album as a soloist, Bruno Mangueira (2009), featured appearances by Toninho Horta, Nailor Proveta, Toninho Ferragutti and Léa Freire. This album was released at the TV show Instrumental SESC Brasil (SescTV), recorded in a live concert in São Paulo, and also had a concert in New York City. It was pre-nominated for the Brazilian Music Award.

Bruno’s second CD, Camburi (2013), features guest Brazilian artists Leila Pinheiro, Filó Machado, Beth Bruno and Gilson Peranzzetta. It was released in Brazilian and U.S. cities, including Bruno’s concert with symphony orchestra and big band at the University of Louisville Jazz Fest 2014 — an event that also featured bassist Christian McBride.

His current projects include the completion of two new releases: a solo guitar CD and a duo album with guitarist Marcus Teixeira. He is also the arranger and musical director of the “Crooner Project”, in partnership with singer Fabio Cadore and the audio engineer Adonias Jr.

His educational activities include the Sao Paulo State Music School (2009–11), numerous guest masterclasses and workshops in Brazil and at North American universities including the University of Louisville and the University of Cincinnati. He is currently a professor at the University of Brasilia (UnB), specializing in Brazilian and Jazz Guitar, Harmony and Improvisation and Ensembles.

More information available at www.brunomangueira.com.

Phil DeGreg began playing the piano in his childhood and now performs as a jazz pianist internationally. His earliest jazz influences were Bud Powell and Bill Evans, but he is accomplished and comfortable in a wide range of jazz styles, ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz. A graduate of Yale and the University of North Texas, he toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra in the 1980’s, and has 10 CD’s to his credit as a leader. For 13 years he accompanied many national and international jazz artists in the house trio in Cincinnati’s famous Blue Wisp Jazz Club. He has been on staff with the renowned Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops since 1983, and has performed and taught in Europe and South America.

Phil DeGreg is the retired Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts study grants. In 2008 he was awarded a 4 month Fulbright Fellowship as a lecturer in Brazil.

His text “Jazz Keyboard Harmony” is a practical text for teaching jazz harmony for all musicians, and is used all over the world in universities and for private study.

Learn more about Phil DeGreg on his website http://phildegreg.com.