Guitarist, vocalist, and composer Paulinho Garcia exemplifies Brazilian music, earning “Best International Brazilian Vocalist 2013” from the Brazilian International Press Award, and “Brazilian Person of the Year 2010” by The Brazil Club. The multi-talented Garcia was also named “Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz 2010” from the Chicago Tribune and “Chicago’s Best Jazz Entertainer 2001” from the Chicago Music Awards.
Garcia’s career began early, singing for a children’s program at Brazil’s Radio Inconfidencia. He led Os Agitadores on the TV program Brasa 4 and played bass for Celio Balona for Emissoras Associadas TV Itacolomi-Radio Guarani. In 1978, drummer Dedé Sampaio invited him to the US to play for Breno Sauer Brazilian Sounds, and the band Made in Brazil was formed.
With his band Jazzmineiro, Garcia garnered praise from the Chicago Tribune, Jazziz magazine, the Brazilian Music Review, and The Brazilians. In addition to Jazzmineiro, Garcia performs with Two for Brazil, Dois no Choro, and the Paulinho Garcia-Grazyna Auguscik Duo.
Garcia regularly performs internationally at festivals including Holland’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Japan’s Elite and Fujitsu Jazz Festivals, Singapore Jazz Festival, Poland’s Jazz w museum and Jazz nad Odrq, and the Sarasota Jazz Fest, to name a few.
Garcia has given clinics at Northwestern, Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Cornell, Hope College, and others, and has taught at the Moscow College of Improvised Music. He teaches Brazilian music at Old Town School of Folk Music and coaches a Brazilian combo at Roosevelt University.