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Duduka Da Fonseca

Duduka Da Fonseca

“When I was about five or six, there was a guy in our neighborhood who played brushes along with current samba hits and I loved listening to him,” recalls Rio-born drummer Duduka Da Fonseca. “Then, when I saw a snare drum on the cover of an album by Os Cariocas, a popular vocal group from the bossa nova period, I had to have a drum just like it.”

Thus began the career of one of New York’s most in-demand drummers who, in just over 25 years in the city, has a bio that reads like not just a who’s who of Brazilian music, but of mainstream jazz as well, ranging from Antonio Carlos Jobim and Eliane Elias to Herbie Mann and Slide Hampton. It’s no wonder, then, that for Da Fonseca’s first solo outing, Samba Jazz Fantasia (Malandro), he had no trouble lining up old pals like Eddie Gomez, John Scofield, Claudio Roditi, Joe Lovano and Helio Alves to sit in with his current bandmates from Trio da Paz, guitarist Romero Lubambo and bassist Nilson Matta, for the creation of a contagiously relaxed, but nonetheless high-energy, set of, well, samba jazz.

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