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Nilson Matta a Grammy Nominee 2017 with TRIO DA PAZ’s “30”. A pioneer in the art of playing Brazilian Jazz on an acoustic bass, Nilson Matta has been a force in the evolution and popularity of Brazilian Jazz and considered one of     the greatest bass players in the world and Downbeat called him “a powerhouse bass player”.  Nilson studied bass at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with Sandrino Santoro, Brazil premier.

Nilson mastery of the instrument and unique sound has earned him a reputation as one of the industries most sought after players and has become the first call of all many top US musicians.

At an incredibly young age, Nilson was already recognized as one of Brazil’s most impressive bass players. During his years living in Brazil, he played the with luminaries such as João Gilberto, Hermeto Pascoal, João Bosco, Johnny Alf, Helio Delmiro, Luis Bonfá, Chico Buarque, MPB-4 and many others.

Since Nilson moved to New York in the 80’s he has performed and recorded with renowned artists as Paquito D’Rivera, Herbie Mann, Astrud Gilberto, Mark Murphy, Don Friedman, Oscar Castro Neves, Paul Winter, Claudio Roditi,  and many others.

With the legendary pianist Don Pullen Nilson co-founded the project “The African-Brazilian Connection.  The group released three critically acclaimed albums on Blue Note Records.

Matta worked extensively with four-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Henderson.  Nilson played a vital role in the recording of the album “Joe Henderson Big Band”, which went on to take the Grammy for Best Large Ensemble Performance.

When Yo Yo Ma went looking for band members to fill out his new Brazilian Project, Nilson was the obvious choice on bass.  Nilson recorded “Obrigado Brazil”,“Live in Concert - Carnegie Hall”  and “Yo Yo Ma & Friends”, all of them were Grammy Winners. These albums prompted a worldwide tour that lasted for 2 years and touched every corner of the globe. After that Nilson recorded again with Yo Yo Ma on his album “Songs of Joy & Peace”.

Nilson started a project of his own with a longtime friends Romero Lubmabo and Duduka Da Fonseca. Nilson named themselves “Trio Da Paz”.  The trio quickly gained a distinction of one of the foremost Brazilian Jazz groups and after 5 albums, they are more in demand than ever. Also Nilson co-founded “The Brazilian Trio” with Helio Alves on piano and Duduka Da Fonseca on drums.

Since 2006, Nilson has been focused on many of his own projects. That year he released “Walking With My Bass”, which was released to

numerous accolades in publication around the world. This CD gave him more desire to record his next three albums, Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage - Copacabana” and Nilson Matta’s Black Orpheus.

Nilson released a new album “EastSideRioDrive” at World Blue Music, not only an amazing casting of musicians but also  ACCLAIMEd by his funs and #jazz #bossanova #worldmusic audiences.

Matta is committed to passing on his talents and experiences to the next generation.  He is a member of the International Societ of Bassist, making frequent appearances as a  featured guest and performer at the ISB COnvention. He taught at NYC’s Bass Collective for many years, teaches at Litchfield Jazz Camp, and has conducted Master Classes worldwide. Throughout his longstanding career, Matta has shared his passion for, and expertise in Brazilian music - not only with audiences but with aspiring musicians and hobbyists - Nilson is a Music & Artist Director of Samba Meets Jazz Workshops, a week long programs in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, New York City and Bar Harbor, Maine.USA.


“Nilson is a powerhouse bass player” DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

“Nilson is a virtuoso bass player”  YO YO MA

“How is that possible that Nilson Matta is allowed to fly to under the proverbial radar, with recognition mainly from his peer is one of those mysteries that music suffers its artists to bear   even the growth of the industry and media” THE URBAN FLUX - RAUL DA GAMA

“ suffused with suave, sophisticated harmonies and rhythms of Brazilian samba bossa-nova as well as the swing and inventive improvisations of jazz. Matta moves easily between both musics, his gliding, fluidly rhythmic bass lines unifying each track..” HOT HOUSE MAGAZINE - GEORGE KLANZER

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