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Sergio Mendes

1941- Born in Niteroi, RJ, Brazil. 

1947 to 1955- studies classic music at “Curso Santa Cecilia” and at the Conservatory of Music in Niteroi. 

1956 - for the first time, hears a jazz record – Dave Brubeck – at a friend’s house, and forms a group of jazz “aficionados”. 
Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver and Art Tatum change Sergio’s musical perception completely. The universe of Jazz becomes the biggest influence in his musical tendency. 

1956/1961- Sergio leads several musical groups, with different formations – trios, quartets, quintets. With these groups, Sergio plays at various types of engagements, from tea dances to proms and parties, until he takes the ferry boat that will take him to Rio de Janeiro (across the bay) to open a new club, the “Bottles Bar”. This will be the first of many trips… 
This is the period when Bossa Nova is starting to emerge and Sergio, along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and others, are considered its biggest representatives, being the initiators of this amazing era that brought to the world, probably, the best music ever to come out of Brazil. 
At this time Sergio forms the “Bossa Rio Sextet”, with 2 trombones, tenor sax, piano, bass and drums. This band, very fast, becomes very popular on the musical scene of the time, not only in Rio, but all over Brazil. With this sextet Sergio records an LP – “Voce ainda nao ouviu nada” (“You haven’t heard anything…yet”) – with arrangements by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Moacyr Santos?and by Sergio himself. This record is an important landmark in the history of instrumental music in Brazil. 

Sergio travels all over Brazil with the Bossa Rio, and receives an award for best instrumental group, from the “Folha de Sao Paulo” newspaper, which at the time was a kind of Brazilian Grammy Award. Around this time he is hired by the biggest textile company of Brazil to travel around the world, with his group, doing shows as an opening act for fashion shows. They go to Europe, The middle East and Japan. 

1962 – Sergio goes to New York, to participate in the famous Bossa Nova Festival at Carnegie Hall of which Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd among others, were also part of. The critics at the New York Times calls Sergio’s appearance one of the highlights of the evening.??During this trip, Sergio visits the famous “Birdland”, and hears, for the first time in person, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley. At the time, Cannonball invites Sergio to make a record with him – “Cannonball Adderley and The Bossa Rio Sextet”. Around this time Sergio meets Nesuhi Ertegun, owner/President of Atlantic Records, who signs Sergio and produces his first American record – “The Swinger From Rio”. Nesuhi becomes a great friend and mentor of Sergio’s. 

1964 – Sergio moves to the US (California), with a group that he names “Brasil 64”. With this instrumental formation he makes two records – in 64 and 65, and does several personal appearances, in clubs, around the United States. 

1965/1966 – Sergio decides to add female vocals to his instrumental sound, hires 2 singers, and finds out that, this way, he can achieve a new sonority, very different from anything he has ever done before, thus creating a sound that will be recognized all over the world, as his trademark – “Brasil 66”. 
Sergio meets Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, of A&M Records,who then sign Sergio to their company and they become close friends forever.
Herb Alpert produces the first “Brasil 66” LP, which becomes an immediate success on the hit parade of the world. It is the first time that a song, sung entirely in Portuguese, reaches, in the US, the top 5 on the Billboard magazine pop chart. The song is “Mas Que Nada” written by Jorge Ben. 
From then on, several gold and platinum records, many hit songs, continuous promotion of Brazilian music and Sergio becomes part of the International Show Business. 
He appears in several variety shows and TV specials of the time – such as Bob Hope’s, Jerry Lewis’, Danny Kaye’s, Fred Astaire’s, Frank Sinatra’s, Andy Williams’, The Tonight Show, etc. 

1967 – Sergio joins the roster of Chartwell Artists (headed by Jerry Perenchio, who becomes one of his closest friends), does his first long tour with Frank Sinatra, performing in several cities through the US. Sergio also tours and appears in Las Vegas with other artists, such as Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Henry Mancini, Paul Anka, Jerry Lewis, etc. 

1968 – Sergio does his first Tour of Japan with Brasil ’66, opening the doors for Brazilian music in that country, and becoming one of the most popular artists in Japan, with a kind of success only equaled by the Beatles. Since then, Japan and the rest of Asia as well, is an obligatory stop in his artistic itinerary, having done more than 30 tours in that area. 

1971 – Performs, for the 1st time at the White House, invited by President Nixon, during the State visit of the then prince Juan Carlos of Spain. The second time he performs at the White House will be in 1982, invited by President Reagan, during the visit of the Brazilian President. 

1980– Frank Sinatra invites Sergio for a second tour, this time in the US and Europe. 

Through the years, Sergio produces several records for various artists, including Gilberto Gil, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis and many others, continuing to promote Brazilian Music through the world. 

1993 -Sergio is awarded a Grammy for his record entitled “Brasileiro”. 
He continues touring and working on several projects as producer/arranger, through 2005. 

2006 - The CD entitled “TIMELESS” is released”, featuring stellar cast of guests, that includes The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Justin Timberlake, Q-tip, Erikah Bahdu, and many others, produced by SERGIO and his friend, the leader of the band “BLACK EYED PEAS”.??“Timeless” brings Sergio Golden Records in Brazil, England & Japan. It also receives a Latin Grammy?(for Best Brazilian Record) and the Tim Award, in Brazil, as Best record of Foreign Language.??It is also nominated for 3 Grammy awards, and several awards all over the world. 

2008 – The CD “ENCANTO” is released, produced by Sergio, with several American and International guests. 

2010 – The CD “BOM TEMPO” (his 38th?studio CD) is released all over the world on May 15. In November 2010 “Bom Tempo” receives a Latin Grammy for “Best Contemporary Pop Brazilian Album”. 

2011 - The worldwide acclaimed animation movie “RIO”, is released by Fox in April of 2011. Sergio acted as Executive Music Producer for the movie, as well as Producer/Composer/Arranger/Performer in several of the movie’s songs (as well as lending his voice to one of the characters). 

The album “Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66”, Sergio’s first work for the A&M label, is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

2012 – Sergio receives an Oscar nomination for Best Original song “Real In Rio” (for the film “RIO), co-written by Siedah Garrett and Carlinhos Brown. 

Sergio’s CD “CELEBRATION”, a compilation of his work, was released in May 2011, celebrating his 50 years as a recording artist. 
He continues touring the world and is currently working on the pre-production of a new CD. 

2013 – To celebrate 50 years of concerts/touring in Japan, Sergio recorded a CD with 9 of the most promising Japanese female singers (plus Karen Mok, a very well-known singer from Hong Kong), entitled “Rendez-Vous”, which was released in July. 

2014 – In March the film RIO 2 was released, with Sergio acting again as?Executive Music Producer, composer, arranger, performer. The film was a huge success all over the world. 

In September “MAGIC”, his new CD, with guests from US (John Legend,, Janelle Monae, Scott Mayo) and Brazil (Milton Nascimento,  Carlinhos Brown, Maria Gadu, Ana Carolina, Seu Jorge, Mika Mutti, Aila Menezes and his wife Gracinha Leporace), was released worldwide (Europe/Japan in June). It was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category. 

2015 – Besides all the concert tours in the US, Asia and Europe during 2015,?Sergio and his band did a concert, in September, at the Sunset Stage, in Rio de Janeiro, during the biggest music festival of South America – the Rock in Rio – which celebrated its 30th year this year.
2016 - Sergio has traveled all over the world, with tours of US, Japan and several other countries, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of his band Brasil '66. 
Also, celebrating the Olympics 2016 held in Rio de Janeiro, he has recorded, along Brazilian singers Baby do Brasil and Rogerio Flausino, the song “Se Liga Ae”, written by Rogê/Pretinho da Serrinha/Leandro Fab, which was released in June 2016. 
2017 to Present - A documentary is being made about his life, directed by John Scheinfeld, who has done very well know documentaries on John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson, among many others. 
Sergio is working on his new CD, which is being recorded in Brazil and the US, and will be released by Concord and distributed all over the world by Universal and will feature several guests. 
Both the documentary and the CD will be released in early 2019. 
Sergio continues traveling the world with his band, doing concerts in the US, Japan, Australia, Brazil and More..!