For those who know Flora, an introduction is unnecessary. Her music has interwoven the life fabric of anyone with a passing interest in Latin and American jazz music for over 25 years.
Her once–in–a–generation six–octave voice has earned her two Grammy nominations for Best Female Jazz Performance and Downbeat magazines Best Female Singer accolade on four occasions. Her musical partners and close friends have included Duke Pearson, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Ron Carter, Joe Farell, Stanley Clarke, Vinicius de Morais, Carlos Santana, Hermeto Pascoal, Mickey Hart, Gary Meek and Airto Moreira, with whom she has collaborated on over 30 albums since moving with him from her native Rio to New York in 1967.
One of the founders of Weather Report, Airto has played and recorded with Cannonball Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond, Joe Zawinul, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Gil Evans, Gato Barbieri, Michael Brecker, Dexter Gordon and many others. He joined Chick Corea‘s original “Return to Forever” band with Flora Purim, Joe Farrell and Stanley Clarke and they recorded the albums, “Return to Forever“ and “Light as a Feather“
His impact was so powerful that the leading jazz magazine “Down Beat” added the category of percussion to its reader’s and critic’s polls, which he has won over twenty times since 1973. In the past few years he was voted number one percussionist by Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Drum Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, as well as in many European, Latin American and Asian publications.
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