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Itaiguara Brandao

Itaiguara Brandão is a New York City based recording artist and bassist/guitarist. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brandão has toured internationally and recorded extensively with a wide range of Latin and World Music artists such as: Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Toquinho, Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, Leny Andrade, Joyce, Angelique Kidjo, Randy Brecker, Paquito D'Rivera, Romero Lubambo, and Dom Salvador, among others.

Itaiguara Brandão holds a masters degree in Jazz Composition fim Queens college, and was awarded the Marvin Hamlisch international Music Awards. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and studied jazz improvisation with the legendary Charlie Banacos and arranging with Mike Longo (Dizzy Gillespie's music director for 9 years). He was awarded a Berklee Achievement Scholarship for musical excellence in 1995 and graduated summa cum laude in 1997.

Brandão is a contributor to the educational book “Inside the Brazilian Rhythm Section,” by Nelson Faria, published by Sher Music, 2005.

Itaiguara Brandão served as musical director for the Paulo Braga Band from 1999 to 2003. Paulo Braga is known as one of the creators of modern Brazilian drums, having played with Antonio Carlos Jobim for fifteen years.


Marvin Hamlisch Award - Queens College Scholarship 2019 23rd Premio da Musica Brasileira (the Brazilian Grammy) - Best Instrumental Album 2011 - Dom Salvador Sextet "The Art Of Samba Jazz" Berklee College Professional Music Award 1995


”The New York-based Brazilian bassist has a dynamic rhythmic sense that is deeply rooted in the samba. On songs like Meu Rio, Cerro, O Voo da Mosca and Chorinho pro Cidinho, Itaiguara delivers muscular beauty, running both tender and explosive lines. The music flowers early and continues to open until the end.” - Marc Myers, Wall Street Journal contributor.

“Itaiguara Brandao’s writing is rich in melodic grace, poetry and whimsy as well as harmonic imagination. His music is so appealing and varied in form and mood that it’s impossible to resist its intimate magic

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Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Graduated summa cum laude at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1997. Performer, recording artist, and touring musician for over 25 years Masters degree in Jazz Composition at Queens College, NYC Specialized in Brazilian music fee $80/hour in New City, NY 10956




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