Born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living near Washington, DC, bassist Leonardo Lucini has been bringing the sounds of Brazilian jazz to American audiences for over a decade.
Lucini is a virtuoso performer on electric and acoustic bass. Trained in both classical and jazz styles, he holds a master’s degree in music performance from University of Maryland. He is knowledgeable about many world music styles, including a vast range of Latin music. His own compositions are often based on unique Brazilian rhythmic styles, going far beyond the expected samba and bossa nova to Maracatu and Afoxe. His love of the music overflows. An able clinician, he also conducts lectures and workshops on Brazilian jazz.
In a February 2012 performance at the noted DC jazz club Twins, the brothers
accompanied Cuban/Venezuelan piano phenomenon Cesar Orozco. Baltimore
music writer Liz Fixsen says, “I was impressed with the dynamic interaction of
the three musicians who hadn’t performed together before that night. Leonardo
kept his eyes and ears tuned on Orozco, alert to his every direction, and never
missed a signal. Although Orozco’s blistering tempos and complex Latin
rhythms were pushing them to their limits, the brothers rose to the challenge
with impressive energy and creativity—and with sheer delight.”
In a Capital Bop review of a November 2011 Blues Alley performance by Origem,
reviewer Ken Avis says that the brothers “exude pure joy” when they play
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