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Duduka Quintet Plays Zinc Bar, 6/8-6/10

Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet will perform three nights at Zinc Bar in Greenwhich Village June 8-10.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Duduka began playing the drums at the age of thirteen. By fifteen he was appearing on television, performing and recording with top Brazilian musicians. In 1975 he moved to New York City establishing numerous Brazilian Jazz groups, reviving the movement of Samba Jazz. One of his groups Brazilian Express appeared on a National PBS Television special. The New York Samba Band performed at the Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's, The Village Gate among many other clubs in the United States. He also formed The Brazilian Jazz All Stars that featured artists Bob Mintzer, Eliane Elias and Randy Brecker.

Duduka is the founding member and co-leader of Trio da Paz, nominated as the best New Latin Jazz Group of 1993 and winner of the Jazz Journalist Association awards for the best Brazilian Jazz album of 2002 (Partido Out). Duduka has recorded on over 200 albums and performed with artists such as: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dom Salvador, Astrud Gilberto, Herbie Mann, Claudio Roditi, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez, John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, Jorge Dalto, Mário Adnet, Paulo Jobim, Phil Woods, Jacques Morelenbaum, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Emily Remler, Nana Vasconcelos, Nancy Wilson, Slide Hampton, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, amongst many others.

From 1984 to 1999 Duduka was a member of the faculty at the Drummer's Collective in NYC conducting workshops and private lessons. He has also conducted workshops in Europe, Asia and Brazil. Duduka is the author of the best seller instructional book and CD, "Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset" published by Manhattan Music/Warner Bros. Publications.

In 2002 Duduka's first solo album "Samba Jazz Fantasia"(Anzic) was nominated for the 45th GRAMMY® for Best Latin Jazz Album. Duduka ‘s latest solo album is with his currently working quintet and it's called "Samba Jazz in Black & White" (Zoho).

Helio Alves was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1966 and started piano lessons at age 6. Following his early immersion in playing the pop standards and classical music favored by his parents, he gravitated to jazz in his teens. Alves moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music and received his BA in 1990. In Boston he met trumpeter Claudio Roditi, who advised the 24-year old pianist to move to New York City, and urged him to get in touch when he arrived. Alves eventually moved to New York City in 1993.

Since then pianist and composer Helio Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Dave Samuels, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim and Oscar Castro-Neves, to name but a few. Alves has recorded two Reservoir releases with Roditi, Samba Manhattan Style (1995) and Double Standards (1997). He is also featured on Roditi's 2009 release "Brazilliance X4 (Resonance).

From 1995 to 1997, Alves toured extensively with Joe Henderson's Double Rainbow Quartet celebrating the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and was featured in the Grammy-winning release, Joe Henderson's Big Band (Verve, 1996). Alves was the pianist on Grammy-winning releases by Yo-Yo Ma (Obrigado Brazil, 2003) and Paquito D?Rivera (Brazilian Dreams, 2002), and on the Grammy-nominated Samba Jazz Fantasia (Malandro Records, 2002), by Duduka Da Fonseca.


Helio has also released three albums under his own name "Trios" (Reservoir Music, 1998), featuring John Patitucci, Al Foster, Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca, "Portrait in Black & White" (Reservoir Music, 2004) featuring Matt Wilson and Santi Debriano and "It's Clear" (Reservoir Music, 2009) featuring Romero Lubambo, Scott Colley and Ernesto Simpson.

Zinc Bar is located at 82 W THIRD STREET (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets)
For more information, call 212-477-9462 or visit

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