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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: August 4, 1955

Considered as one of the top 100 guitarists in the world by Guitar Player Magazine.

Immortalized in the “Encyclopedia of Brazilian Musicians‚ÄĚ (www.musicosdobrasil.com.br) .

Presently living in the US, guitarist/composer Claudio Celso is releasing in 2010 two CDs: The Music of Claudio Celso and Surf Life, and time permitting, a third one - Ascension to Alpha Solaris. His previous CDs Brazilian Jazz by Claudio Celso and Swell ‚Ä” a Brazilian Cool Jazz Experience play on jazz radios all over the world.

Born in Brazil, Claudio started playing the guitar at the age of four. He studied classical guitar and then learned bossa nova and jazz with guitarist/composer Paulinho Nogueira and also with his father Nilson M. Celso - one of the first electric guitarists in Brazil. Later on, he studied composition and arranging in NY with Don Sebesky....
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”What do the Jazz legends Jaco Pastorius, Chet Baker and drummer Billy Hart have in common? Answer: all of them have got the sophisticated musical help from Brazilian guitarist Claudio Celso. Claudio lived in the US for 25 years where he built his career and forged his style, a perfect fusion of impeccable technique and deep jazz roots with a musical brain connected to all world music tendencies and sounds of Brazil. His CD Swell has all this and much more. Claudio¬'s enlightened original compositions and his version of classic pieces get real close to perfection indeed. The title song “Swell” plus the track “Monicaland” present subtle bossa nova elements, “Bye Bye Brasil” gained a fabulous be-bop version...

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Primary InstrumentGuitar

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students


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