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Sunday, October 23, 2022 | 2pm
First Unitarian Church (536 Linton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219)


Fan-favorite Brazilian jazz guitarist Bruno Mangueira returns to the Queen City. Enjoy some of Mangueira's beautiful works alongside melodic Brazilian classics, performed with Phil DeGreg and friends.


Jazz@First Series Sponsor: Al Harris



About the Artist: Bruno Mangueira, guitar

Bruno Mangueira was born in Vitoria, Brazil in 1978. He performs on Brazilian and international scenes as a guitarist, composer and arranger. He started playing guitar at the age of four, through his father. At 16 he began his professional career as a big band guitarist. In 1998 he moved to the city of Campinas, where he completed his bachelor's, master's and doctorate in music from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). He also lived in São Paulo, New York City and Cincinnati, where he finished part of his doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati. In 2021 he completed a post-doctorate at Queens College, City University of New York.


Bruno has performed in concerts and recordings alongside Brazilian artists including Zizi Possi, Leila Pinheiro, 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.


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


His recordings include Azeviche (2007), Bruno Mangueira (2009), Camburi (2013), Without Borders (2019) and Essência (2020). The last two albums were produced in the U.S., and are collaborations with pianists Phil DeGreg and Otmaro Ruiz. Essência was recorded in Los Angeles and released by American label Blue Canoe Records.


Bruno has also made appearances on two television shows: Instrumental Sesc Brasil (SescTV) and Talentos Brasil (TV Câmara). He won second place at the Tatuí MPB Festival and was pre-nominated for a Brazilian Music Award.


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 Universities of Louisville and Cincinnati. He is currently a professor at the University of Brasilia (UnB), specializing in Brazilian and Jazz Guitar, Harmony and Improvisation and Ensembles. Bruno is the author of the online course Violão Brasileiro (Brazilian Guitar).


Bruno plays a Cast JSaraiva Clave electric guitar.


More information can be found at


About the Artist: Phil DeGreg


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

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