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João Donato


João Donato started his saving profession at 15, currently a challenging job within an association with an excellent professional, Altamiro Carrilho. He also documented with Bud Schank, Ron Carter, Airto Moreira, Elmir Deodato, Randy Brecker, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Astrud Gilberto, Cal Tjader, and many others, alongside many essential Brazilian music artists, including Johnny Alf and Tom Jobim. His single career is authorized with 29 albums documented since 1953. A significant figure like a musician and arranger within the bossa nova motion, he’s profoundly important, having inspired decades of players. João Gilberto confessed to took his bossa nova defeat in the violão from Donato’s piano playing. He’s generally regarded as a crazy and detached genius; probably he is a small amount of each. He began making music extremely early and quickly he had been animating dance celebrations along with his accordion. His 1st music notions received by way of a sergeant of Acre’s Armed forces Music group. At 11, he transferred to Rio and examined piano with teacher Werther. At 15, he had been a specialist accordion musician, playing at suburban balls. His initial recording goes back from that period, a 78 rpm for the Superstar label with Altamiro Carrilho e Seu Regional, even though label omits Donato’s credits. He also performed, in those days, carrying on for nine years, on the jam periods from the seminal amateur jazz group Sinatra-Farney Fan Membership in Rio, which collected people who will be essential jazz musicians, companies, and journalists in Brazil. At 17, he was employed by Rádio Guanabara being a sideman over the Zé perform Norte show, functioning there for just two years. In 1952, he was employed by the fantastic violinist Fafá Lemos to try out in his group, that was performing in the Monte Carlo nightclub. He also performed at other nightclubs which brought collectively Rio’s good music artists, at places such as for example Sacha’s, Drink’s, Bon Premium, and, most of all, Plaza, where bossa nova was created. His 1st solo recording, a 78 rpm for Sinter, was entitled João Donato e seu Conjunto, and premiered in Apr 1953, comprising “Tenderly” and “Invitation.” IN-MAY of that yr, he recorded, beneath the same name, another 78 rpm for the same label. In July, he documented using the vocal and instrumental group Operating-system Namorados to get a 78 rpm using the tracks “European union Quero Um Samba” (Haroldo Barbosa/Janet de Almeida), later on recorded single by João Gilberto, and “Três Ave-Marias” (Hanibal Cruz). He also documented two additional albums with Operating-system Namorados, constantly for Sinter, in Oct 1953 and January 1954. The group Operating-system Namorados was exactly like Operating-system Namorados da Lua, without Lúcio Alves. When Alves departed for the solo profession, he prohibited his previous bandmates from utilizing the previous name, as he wished to reserve it for potential tasks. Donato also proved helpful for the Garotos da Lua vocal group. These were employed by Rádio Tupi. Donato was the group’s pianist and arranger and João Gilberto became a member of them in 1949, subbing for crooner Jonas Silva. Their solid friendship started before they also fulfilled: before departing Bahia, someone thought to João Gilberto that he would meet a man “the same as him.” At exactly the same time, Donato was informed which the forthcoming crooner was quite definitely alike him. If they fulfilled, they only thought to one another “That is true!,” departing bystanders to question what was happening. Several eccentric anecdotes of both idiosyncratic music artists day from that period. Later on, they would proceed to Luiz Teles’ (through the Quitandinha Serenaders group) house, and live there for some time. Gilberto documented two albums using the Garotos da Lua in July and November 1951. Immediately after, Gilberto was terminated through the group by Rádio Tupi’s creative path as “as well poor a crooner.” In 1954, Donato documented another 78 rpm for Sinter. In 1956, regardless of hating the winter of the town of São Paulo, Donato transferred there, signing up for the group Operating-system Copacabanas as well as the Luís César Orchestra, alongside his very own group. He documented another solo record, today with this group, for Odeon in March 1956. Within the same calendar year and on a single label, he documented Chá Dançante, made by Tom Jobim. In 1958, he constructed his initial strike, “Minha Saudade,” with Gilberto. In those days, Donato was playing on the Copacabana Palace using the orchestra of Copinha (fined every two times for being past due everyday), and Gilberto utilized to proceed there frequently to speak to Donato through the orchestra’s breaks (when Dick Farney’s group performed). Donato stated within an interview within the ’70s that Gilberto confessed to him that he, Donato, was the inspirer of Gilberto’s bossa nova defeat on the violão. Maestro Gaya also stated that. Also in 1958, he documented on his LP Dance Conosco (Copacabana) two partnerships with Gilberto: the mambo “Mambinho” as well as the samba “Minha Saudade.” In 1959, he had been turned down by all nightclubs. Before its period, his contemporary swinging piano was as well solid rhythmically and exceedingly difficult to check out by other music artists, and clients complained about any of it as not really danceable. He went out of gigs and utilized to talk to all nightclubs’ owners to enjoy for free, only to be available for anybody interested. Even after that, he was just permitted to play after 4:00 a.m., when many customers were eliminated. His circumstance was so very bad, he made a decision to move from Brazil. His friend Nanai, having toured Mexico with the fantastic vocalist Elizete Cardoso, resolved within the U.S. and telegraphed Donato, appealing him to some two-week period there. Donato proceeded to go and finished up surviving in the U.S. for 14 years. Extremely requested by Latin performers, he documented Arriba! for Mongo Santamaria (Dream 1961), Vaya Puente for Tito Puente (Philips 1962), In the Dark Hawk for Santamaria (Dream 1962), The Astrud Gilberto Recording for Astrud Gilberto (Elenco 1964, released in the U.S. through Verve, Metallic Collection 1991), Darkness of the Smile for Astrud Gilberto (Verve 1965), Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! for Bud Shank (Globe Pacific 1967), Solar Warmth for Cal Tjader (Skye 1968), and Prophet for Cal Tjader (Verve 1969). Provided the very long years they worked well collectively in Rio, and in addition that these were longtime close friends, Donato and Brazilian drummer Milton Banana created a uncommon symbiosis, each one rhythmically complementing the other’s suggestions. Banana was the 1st musician to build up an effective bossa nova drum defeat, with brushes more than a towel and stick on the snare’s rim. His audio was so exclusive that it had been copied by many music artists & most bossa nova recordings provide that drum audio. After the historical concert at Carnegie Hall, where Donato didn’t participate, Donato and Milton Banana followed Gilberto on the tour through Italy, where they proved helpful for six weeks. Regardless of getting harassed by more folks thinking about contracting him than he could deal with, Gilberto alleged a discomfort in his finger which impeded him of playing, plus they halted everything to hold back for his recovery. Thinking that only 1 person on the planet can cure him, Gilberto visited Paris, France, to meet up Dr. Zapalla, who was simply Brazilian soccer participant Pelé’s acupuncturist. After a month waiting around in vain rather than receiving hardly any money, Donato and Milton departed from European countries. Donato returned to Brazil. In 1962, Polydor documented the LP Muito ? Vontade, along with his compositions. This LP was reissued later on by Polyfar and in Compact disc format by Pacific Jazz Japan. At exactly the same time, he documented through Polydor A Bossa Muito Moderna de Donato e seu Trio and it had been released another season. He just completed both albums and came back towards the U.S. In 1965, with Brazilian violonista/composer/vocalist Rosinha de Valença, he documented for Bud Schank Bud Shank & His Brazilian Close friends for Elenco, also reissued by Polydor and Toshiba EMI Japan. Within the same season, he documented for RCA Victor USA Piano of Joao Donato — THE BRAND NEW Audio of Brasil. His compositions “Amazonas” (documented by Chris Montez), “A Rã,” and “Caranguejo” (both documented by Sérgio Mendes), all had been big hits, getting additional interpretations by many performers. In 1969, he documented for Muse (which released it in 1973) Donato/Deodato, a vintage recording where Latin jazz matches bossa nova. It had been followed by A POOR Donato (Blue Thumb 1970) with Ron Carter. Time for Brazil in 1972, another 12 months he documented for Odeon Quem é Quem. In 1974, he aimed Gal Costa’s present Cantar, documented live and released with Costa performing several Donato’s music, one with Caetano Veloso. In 1975, Donato documented Lugar Comum for Philips and in 1986, his live present on the People’s nightclub premiered by Elektra Musician as Leilíadas. In 1996, he documented for Odeon Coisas tão Simples and in 1997, Café com Pão — João Donato & Eloir de Morais using the Brazilian drummer. He also constructed, as well as Gilberto Gil, “Lugar Comum” (1974), “Bananeira,” “Emoriô,” and “Tudo Tem” (all in 1975).

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Full Name João Donato
Profession Composer
Nationality Brazilian
Parents João Donato de Oliveira Filho, Eutália Pacheco da Cunha
Awards Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Music Songs A Ra, Minha Saudade, Emoriô, Bananeira, Sambou... Sambou, Lugar Comum, Quem É Quem, Cala Boca Menino, Muito Á Vontade, Só Danço Samba, Café Com Pão, Sambolero, Ahiê, Managarroba, Cadê Jodel?, Que Besteira, Mambinho, Deixei Recado, Fim de Sonho, Chorou, Chorou, De Toda Maneira, Ê Lalá Lay-Ê, Me Deixa, Whistle Stop, Batuque, Até Quem Sabe?, Gaiolas abertas, Entardecendo, Jodel, Nightripper, Nana Das Águas, Where's J.D.?
Albums A Bad Donato, Quem é Quem, Donato Deodato, Sintetizamor, Donato Elétrico, Sambolero, A Bossa Muito Moderna de Donato, The New Sound of Brazil, Muito À Vontade, Dois Panos Para Manga, A Blue Donato, Leilíadas, Here's That Rainy Bossa Day, O Piano de João Donato, Live Jazz In Rio, Vol. 1 - O Couro Tá Comendo!, Ê Lalá Lay-Ê, Agua, 100% João Donato, Vol. 1, Aquarius, Lugar Comum, Serenidade, Vol. 2, Comigo Assim, Angst, 100% João Donato, Vol. 2, Baiao, Enzo, Serenidade, Vol. 3, Serenidade, Vol. 1, Um Nome de Mulher, Gold, Magic Flute, Bluchanga, Chá Dancante (Original Bossa Nova Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1956), Os Bossa Nova, Chá Dançante (Donato e seu Conjunto), Jazz Brasil, Managarroba, Ê Menina, The João Donato Collection, Vol. 1, Brasil Selec¸a~o (Sound do Brasil), Minha Saudade: The Bossa Genius of Joao Danato, Bim Bam Bum, Classic Latin: João Donato, Vol. 2, Fundamental - João Donato, Millennium, The New Sound Of Brazil / Piano Of João Donato, The João Donato Collection, Vol. 2, Donato Deodato (EP), Bim Bam Bum, Classic Latin: João Donato, Vol. 1, João Donato
Nominations Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album
Movies Oscar Niemeyer - A Vida É Um Sopro

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Bridesmaids 2011/I performer: "Manha De Carnaval" - as Joao Donato
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Celebridade 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mulheres Apaixonadas TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Veja Esta Canção 1994 writer: "A Paz"
The Boys in the Band 1970 writer: "The Frog"



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Bossa Nova - All Stars 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
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