João Palma


Brazilian drummer who moved to the U.S. in 1966. Palma recorded with Frank Sinatra (Sinatra & Company), Michael Franks (Sleeping Gypsy), Milton Nascimento (Courage), Paul Desmond (Bridge Over Troubled Water). He worked with Antonio Carlos Jobim from 1969 to 1977 (recording such landmark albums as Tide, Stone Flower, Urubu and Matita Perê), and was a member of bands leds by Sergio Mendes (doing Mendes' original recording of Mas Que Nada), Walter Wanderley, Astrud Gilberto, João Donato and Stanley Turrentine. In 1996, he formed his own quartet (with Paulo Malaguti, Augusto Mattoso, Juarez Araujo and singer Ithamara Koorax), performing sold-out engagements at Vinicius nightclub in his native Rio de Janeiro, where the group was filmed for a TV broadcast on Japanese TV. Died on May 09, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 75.

In Groups:Roberto Menescal E Seu Conjunto, Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66, Walter Wanderley Set
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