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Felipe Salles

Felipe Salles is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who currently lives and performs in New York City. His group, The Felipe Salles Quintet is the result of this cultural fusion, a blend of elements from two of the richest musical traditions in the world: Brazilian/Latin music and Jazz.

Before coming to the United States, Felipe was active in numerous combos and bands as a saxophonist, composer and arranger. He played with such bands as Octeto de Musica Brasileira, Zerro Santos Big Band, Banda Farinha Seca, Zydeco Band, Santa Gafieira, Sampa Crew, Savoy Quartet, and the Axel Fisch Group, and has performed with Brazilian artists such as Daniela Mercury, Paulo Moura and Wagner Tiso. He has also appeared on the same bill as many prominent American artists, including Betty Carter, at Bourbon Street Club, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Felipe Salles has been an active musician in the US since 1995, leading his own group, the Felipe Salles Quintet.

Performance venues include the extinct Willow Jazz Club and Connolly’s Jazz Club, The Knitting Factory, The Big Easy, Hybernia, Acton Jazz Cafe, Sandrina’s, Ryles Jazz Club, The Middle East, Natick Center for the Arts, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Regattabar. As a sideman, Felipe Salles has worked and recorded with various jazz, Latin and Pop groups including Mango Blue, Either/Orchestra, Bellevue Cadillac, La Timba Loca, Mozamba, Bevan Manson, The Daddys, Dead Cat Bounce, Quizamba, Grand Unified Theory, The Touch, Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra, Black Tie Affair Orchestra, Charles Brown Organization and Soul City.

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”Felipe Salles has truly taken a step into the future with this CD. He has found a way to incorporate the rich musical heritage of his native country, Brazil ( with more than a nod to the genius Hermeto Pascoal), while at the same time incorporating sounds and colors from the advanced harmonies of 20th century contemporary classical music. Possessing a gift for orchestration and arranging, Felipe's music is definitely pointing to the future.” --David Liebman

”It’s always refreshing to witness the emergence of new and vibrant talent. Such is the case with saxophonist Felipe Salles new cd Further South

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The Next Stage

Big and Phat Jazz Productions


The New Immigrant...

Tapestry Records


Volume II: To Call...

Biophilia Records


The Lullaby Project

Self Produced





Uganda Suite

Tapestry Records


Did You Eat?

From: The New Immigrant Experience
By Felipe Salles

Movement 3 - The Leopard

From: Ugandan Suite
By Felipe Salles



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