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BRUCE HENRI LEITMAN

Born in the USA, Bruce Henri spent his childhood in Spain before moving to Brazil, where he spent most of his life and became a highly acclaimed musician. Having played with a great number of artists, Bruce’s contribution to the Brazilian music scene has been recognized as significant and innovative. Apart from standing out as a sideman, playing acoustic (and occasionally electric) bass on many memorable recordings and presentations of some of the country’s most distinguished artists, Bruce has pioneered transcriptions and performances of Brazilian classical compositions, personalising them to his own style. He has performed and recorded works by classical composers H. Villa-Lobos, Guerra Peixe, Radamés Gnattali, Avena de Castro and others. With several CDs to his name, Bruce performs regularly in Jazz circles as a solo artist and in ensembles, and over the course of many years has had the opportunity to work with such greats as Tom Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Herbie Hancock, Nanã Vasconcellos, Andy Sheppard, Paulo Moura, Compay Segundo and many others. Bruce Henri presently lives in Portugal where he pursues meaningful music and a good life.