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Airto Moreira


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Brazilian jazz drummer Airto Moreira is featured in a solo performance.

Born to a family of folk healers in Itaiópolis, Brazil, Airto Moreira who displayed exceptional musical talent as a child began playing drums by the age of thirteen.

He first came to be known for performing in the innovative "Sambalanço Trio" and appearing on recordings as a member of Quarteto Novo.

After moving the the U.S. in the late 1960s Airto emerged on the New York jazz scene playing Walter Booker and Joe Zawinul.

It was Zawinul who would introduce him to Miles Davis with whom Moreira remained for two years appearing on the 1970 LP release "Bitches Brew" before joining "Weather Report" in 1971.

Airto Moreira has since performed with a plethora of jazz talent including Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, and Keith Jarrett.

In addition he has appeared with a number of symphony orchestras as well as the rock group "Santana."

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