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LAURINDO ALMEIDA - GUITARIST

Autographed 8” x 10” glossy publicity photograph of the Brazilian born, later American virtuoso guitarist, 1968.

Almeida (1918-1995) was born on the outskirts of São Palo, Brazil.  From a family of musicians, Almeida was largely self trained.  He moved to São Palo, where he performed classical guitar on the radio, as well as arranged music, composed and performed in local night clubs.  He took a gig playing guitar on a ship band and after a trip where they stopped in Paris and her heard Django Reinhardt and his band at the Hot Club, he decided to model his career on the Hot Club style of jazz. 

Moving to Hollywood in 1947, Almeida at first played in Stan Kenton’s Band.  While there he also composed and collaborated with other members of the band who would join him later on.  In 1952 he left the band to pursue a solo career.  He led the jazz leaders of the day with his infusion of jazz and bossa-nova with traditional jazz rhythms.  His first album with saxophonist Budd Shank became emulated across the country after Stan Getz picked up the vibe.  He continued to pursue classical guitar with the release of classical guitar music from Spain in 1955.  His classical career also included the collaboration of commissioned works with Heitor Villa-Lobos and Radames Gnattali, both who among other things wrote guitar concertos for Almeida. In his lifetime, Almeida won five Grammy’s, four were for classical projects.

In jazz, besides Kenton and Shank, Almeida worked and recorded with a number of combos and singers including: Charlie Byrd, Sammy Davis Jr.,  Stan Getz,  The Modern Jazz Quartet and Joanie Summers. He also had several combos he led including The Bossa Nova All Stars and the Danzeneros.

From 1955, Almeida was featured in a number of major film productions, perhaps his most famous was playing the mandolin on the soundtrack of the 1971 blockbuster, “The Godfather”.  He played guitar on the soundtrack of 49 other films including: “The Ten Commandments”, “Rio Bravo”, “The Old Man and the Sea”, “Mutiny on the Bounty”, “Death Takes A Holiday” and numerous others.  He also composed music for film and television including episodes of “The Twilight Zone” and “Wagon Train”.

An uncommon great guitarist autograph!