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Paulinho Garcia, Guitar & Vocals

Paulinho Garica is originally from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.   Based in Chicago for many decades,  he currently resides in Los Angeles.


He has toured the world, performing in renowned theaters, jazz festivals and clubs in Asia, Europe and America.

In 2008, he produced the show, "Fifty Years of Bossa Nova" for the City of Chicago, performing alongside João Donato at Chicago's Millennium Park.  It was the largest recorded concert in that venue - with over 12,000 in the audience.   Later that same year, he performed in Singapore's famous Esplanade Hall   with Jeremy Monteiro and Toots Tielemans for a sold out audience of 1600 people.

Paulinho has performed in the world's most prestigious jazz festivals including the North Sea jazz festival in Holland, the Elite and Fujitsu jazz festivals in Japan,  the Singapore jazz festival, jazz festivals in Poland,  the North Beach and Sarasota jazz fest in the USA, and the jazz cruise and jazz party at sea just to mention a few.

As a clinician, Paullinho has given workshops and concerts at many prestigious universities such as Northwestern, Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Cornell, and Hope College. In  2009-2010 he taught at the Moscow College of Improvised Music in Russia and gave live workshops on Russia TV, broadcast nationally. 


Paulinho's numerous awards include:  The Brazilian Press Award for "Best Brazilian International Vocalist" (2013);  The Chicago Tribune's "Chicagoan of the Year" (2010)'; The Brazil Club's "Best Brazilian Person of the Year" (2010); and the Chicago Music Award's "Best Jazz Entertainer" (2001).

Paulinho presently teaches Brazilian guitar and vocals at Old Town School of folk music and coaches a Brazilian combo at Roosevelt University.


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