Paulo Moura

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Paulo Moura
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Background information
Born(1932-07-15)15 July 1932
São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
Died12 July 2010(2010-07-12) (aged 77)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres jazz
Instruments clarinet
Years active1956–2010

Paulo Moura (15 July 1932 – 12 July 2010 [1] ) was a Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist.


Born in São José do Rio Preto, where his father was the maestro of a marching band and encouraged his son to train as a tailor, [2] Paulo instead studied in the National Music School and performed with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. He was the first black artist to become first clarinetist in the Municipal Theatre Orchestra. [2] He appeared at Bossa Nova night at Carnegie Hall in 1962 with Sérgio Mendes, [2] the two of them also featuring on Cannonball Adderley's 1962 album, Cannonball's Bossa Nova . He won the Sharp Award for the most popular instrumentalist of the year in 1992. [2]

His CD Paulo Moura e Os Oito Batutas was listed by Barnes & Noble as one of the top 10 recommendations of the year for 1998. [2] From 1997 to 1999, he was on the State Council of Culture in Rio de Janeiro, a Councillor of the Federal Council of Music, and President of the Museum Foundation of Image and Sound. [2] In 2000, Moura became the first Brazilian instrumentalist to win the Latin Grammy. [2] Moura died of lymphoma three days before his 78th birthday. [3] [4] In his last informal musical gathering happened on July 10, 2010, [5] and included David Feldman (musician), pt:Daniela Spielmann, pt:Marcello Gonçalves, pt:Gabriel Moura, pt:Humberto Araujo and pt:Wagner Tiso. He was married to Halina Grynberg and had two sons, Pedro and Domingos. [6]


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Paulo Moura". Cantaloupe Music Productions Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
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