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Drummer Dom Um Romao Dies

Portuguese drummer Dom Um Romao died July 26 in Rio de Janeiro of a cerebral hemmorage. He was 79.

Born on Aug. 3, 1925 in Rio de Janeiro, Romao was an influential bossa nova musician who began his career playing cabarets in the 1940s. He also played in Radio Tupi’s orchestra and in 1955, formed the Copa Trio in Copacabana with pianist Toninho and bassist Manuel Gusmao. In 1958, he worked with Elizeth Cardoso on the seminal Cancao do Amor Demais and in 1961, Romao began playing with Sergio Mendes and his Brazilian Jazz Sextet. The following year, he participated in the Bossa Nova Festival at Carnegie Hall with Mendes’ Bossa Rio Sextet. That same year, recorded with Cannonball Adderley on Adderley’s Cannonball’s Bossa Nova.

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