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Garcia, Paulinho (Paulo D.)

Garcia, Paulinho (Paulo D.), guitarist/vocalist; b. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil 16 August 1948. His father is Heitor Giannizelli Garcia and his mother is Isabel Da Silva Garcia. His brother, Heitor Garcia, is also a musician (percussions and drums). He has two children, Paulo D. Garcia Jr. and Paula Setta Garcia (musical theater, singer).

A self-taught musician, singer since nine years old, he plays drums, bass and nylon string guitar, has ten CDs recorded in the USA and two 45's in Brazil.
Born in Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Paulinho began his musical career at the age of nine as a singer in a Sunday program for kids in his city's principal radio station, R'dio Inconfidencia. In his teens, he performed as a house musician in all musical programs of the R'dio Guarany--TV Itacolomy network. He led his own band, Os Agitadores, and with them recorded his first two albums.

Until his arrival in the U.S. in 1979, Paulinho composed, arranged, produced, and performed jingles for the HP Studios. Four of his commercials received national awards. Having moved to Chicago, he performed and recorded two albums with the band Made in Brazil. In 1991 he founded his own band, Jazzmineiro, whose eponymous 1996 CD received excellent reviews in the Chicago Tribune, Jazziz magazine, the Brazilian Music Review, and The Brazilians. Paulinho was the recipient of "Best jazz entertainer award" for the year 2001 by the Chicago Music Awards.

Paulinho has performed in many cities in the U.S. and abroad, touring Japan for six months, Poland, Prague and Bratislava with singer Grazyna Auguscik.
With saxophonist Greg Fishman, his partner in Two for Brazil, Paulinho has performed at the North Sea jazz festival in Nederland, at the Singapore jazz festival, at the Holland American jazz cruise, in Hong Kong and Bangkok and most recently at the Fujitsu Concord jazz festival in various cities of Japan where Paulinho added singer Grazyna Auguscik and named his new trio "Three for Brazil."

In 2003 he toured the Hua Hin Jazz Festival in Thailand and Joe Siegel's jazz cruise of the Bahamas. He is scheduled in 2004 to perform at Japan's jazz festival, Jazz Elite, with his new trio Three for Brazil with Greg and new singer Gingi Lahera.

Jazzmineiro (1996); Solo (1998); Two for Brazil (duet with Greg Fishman) (2000); Fragile (duet with singer Grazyna Auguscik) (2000); Dois no Choro's Carinhoso (2000); Two for Noel (2000); Dois No Choro: Juntos (2001); Two for Brazil Plays The Standards (2001); Three for Brazil's Homage (2002); Take Five (2003)

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