1 – Genesis
In 1972, the embryo of what later became
BANDA JAZZCO was a group of friends who played at parties,
country places or wherever they were invited to, or not. “We
invited ourselves to play wherever it was interesting and
wherever, in a lysergic atmosphere, there was an audience
crazy enough to both understand and tolerate us. The group's
name was OS ENFERMEIROS DE PINEL (Pinel's nurses). In 1972,
only mad people could understand us.
In 1973, already more professionalized,
our group invited a musician of old OS BRASÕES (The Big Live Coals),
who played with Gal Costa, and so it was founded the PEDRAS
E ROLÊS (Stones and Strolls) that had a memorable performance
in Itapetininga : the show ended with band's components placed
in the audience while audience people occupied stage – something
The group divided itself, and three
components – Amador
Bueno, “Moreirinha” (José Moreira) and Napoleão
Oliveira – to whom, soon afterwards, joined Paulo Assis (who
also played with both ENFERMEIROS DO PINEL and PEDRAS E ROLÊS),
founded BANDA JAZZCO : Amador Bueno, guitar; Napoleão
Oliveira, vocals and percussion; Paulo Assis, contrabass; “Kiko”,
drums; “Moreirinha” (José Moreira), trombone; and “Satã” (Marcos
Soares), tenor saxophone. Band's first performance took place
in a geodesic structure of Ibirapuera Park on August 28,
1974. It was a big hit, since it was the very first Brass
Pop Band ever seen in Brazil. The hippie audience loved it.
That performance got many comments with photos on newspapers.
In January 1975, the FIRST IACANGA
FESTIVAL took place in Iacanga, State of São Paulo : it was Woodstock Festival's
Brazilian version. A stage was built on a zebu mushroom pasture,
something really nuts. Top names in Rock and Pop Music were
there. BANDA JAZZCO was scheduled to perform soon after nightfall,
which turned out to be the time of biggest audience – 35,000
people – in a joy trip. Said performance was remarkable.
At that time, band had two guitars. Its composition was :
Amador Bueno, guitar and vocals; Paulo Assis, contrabass;
Roque Silva, guitar; Napoleão Oliveira, vocals and
percussion; Antenor de Paula “Tequila”, drums; “Moreirinha” (José Moreira),
trombone; and “Satã” (Marcos Soares), tenor saxophone.
After Iacanga's Festival, Brazilian
Rock and Pop Music scenery was very excited, with many
shows happening. A big Rock and Pop Music Festival was
then organized by RÁDIO DIFUSORA
(pertaining to Tupy network) on Interlagos autodrome. That
would be rock'n roll explosion in the 1970's and happened
in 1975. A few days before that event, Security Secretary
prohibited it. Dictatorial government authorities spread
fear all over the country by prohibiting any big public musical
events. “Moreirinha”, trombone player, left the band for
a mental vacation period, and his place was taken by Geraldo “Pantera”.
In May 1975, there was a Rock and Pop
Music Festival in São Paulo, entitled BANANA PROGRESSIVA (“Progressive
Banana”), held at GETÚLIO VARGAS College's Theater.
Groups of both São Paulo and Rio participated therein. “Lobão”, “Lulu” Santos, “Ritchie”,
Hermeto Pascoal, Erasmo Carlos etc. were among the participating
musicians. That day, BANDA JAZZCO was symbolically awarded
for its music : Amador Bueno, guitar player at that time,
and “Satã” (Marcos Soares), saxophone player received
effusive and eulogistic compliments from Hermeto Pascoal.
It is convenient to remember the sound of BANDA JAZZCO was
not rock'n roll : it was self-defined music, influenced by
samba, baião, rock'n roll, funk, pop and also by jazz
(for improvisation has always been one of band's main characteristics).
A rock'n roll columnist of FOLHA DA TARDE (São Paulo's
daily newspaper) wrote : “The sound of BANDA JAZZCO has nothing
good ! It is a looking-like-disco clear sound while rock'n
roll is a dirty sound !”
That period's last performance happened
in Apucarana, State of Paraná, in July 1975 : BANDA
JAZZCO extinguished on stage ! It was tragical but funny
The DISCO fever spread all over the country. Any musical
manifestation was severely persecuted by dictatorship government
authorities. So, a break was imposed to the band.
In 1980, “Moreirinha” introduced to Amador Bueno another
guitar player, Milton Belmudes, and BANDA JAZZCO returned
to action with four old components – Amador Bueno, then on
the bass; “Moreirinha”, “Satã” and “Pantera” – plus
new ones : Lauro Léllis, drums; Luís “Black”,
percussion; and Roberto Dantas, piano.
With total success, its first performance
took place in November 1980, at the opening of THE MARQUEE
PUB ! Said pub was so full that main band's invited guest – a Marketing
Director at one of the biggest banks in Brazil – could not
even enter the house, due to a complete mad and confused frisson happening
at the place.
At that return appearance, band's both
milieu and face were clearlier defined, for its music became
instrumental, jazz-tending, with no more sung pieces. Many
performances happened thereafter in several theaters, TVs,
jazz bars – up to 1984 – when the
second long pause occurred. In that year, was born the first
son of Amador Bueno, band's producer, who started traveling
with other pop singers, having, therefore, insufficient time
for band's usual production tasks. Band's last constitution,
immediately before that second long pause, was :
Amador Bueno, bass; Milton
Belmudes, guitar; Sérgio
Henriques, piano; Laulo Léllis, drums; “Cacá” Malaquias,
saxophone; Nailor “Proveta”, saxophone; Ubaldo Versolato,
saxophone; Walmir Gil, trumpet; Claudio Farias, trumpet;
and Luís “Black”, percussion.
2 – Currently
In 2001, “Cacá” Malaquias – saxophone player with
the band since 1981 – called Amador Bueno and asked him to
reunite band's components once more. He had felt Brazilian
milieu was favorable to instrumental music. Thus, four components
pertaining to the previous constitution joined and resumed
activities in a more organized musical form.
Some musicians joined the band, others left it, until the
current formation was reached :
Amador Bueno : bass
Vitor Alcantara : alto
saxophone, sax soprano and flute.
“Chico” Macedo : baritone saxophone,
flute and piccolo
Fábio “Oriente” : guitar
Iuri Salvagnini : piano
João Lenhari : trumpet and flugelhorn
Pepa D'Elia : drums
Cléber Campos : percussion
“Manu” Falleiros : tenor saxophone
Júnior Galante : trumpet and
Todd Murphy : trombone
Today – as well as when founded, 30 years ago – BANDA
JAZZCO goes on performing its components' both own songs
and arrangements which tend to both Brazilian rhythms and
textures, in a collective creation environment where all
musicians give their opinion.
It has already been said the band looked like a hotel, with
lots of people joining and leaving it.
Hereunder, it is given a by-instrument list of musicians,
who played or have played with the band since its foundation
in 1974 :
Guitar : Amador Bueno, Paulo Assis,
Roque da Silva, Maurício
Nassif, Mílton Belmudes, Dino Barioni, Fábio “Oriente” and
Michel Leme (set in).
Bass : Paulo Assis, “Pancho
Amador Bueno and Artur Maia (set in).
Drums : “Kiko”, Antenor de Paula “Tequila”, Lauro Léllis,
Magno Bisoli, Renato Léllis, “Giba” Faveri, “Lelo” Izar,
Guilherme “Comboio” and “Pepa” D'Elia.
Piano : Roberto Dantas, Sérgio Henriques, Miguel
Briamonte, Bruno Cardoso, Leandro Duarte Braga, Amílson
Godoy, Iuri Salvagnini, Gustavo Bugni and Guilherme Ribeiro.
Saxophone : “Satã” (Marcos
Soares), “Amendoim”, “Cacá” Malaquias,
Nailor “Proveta”, Ubaldo Versolato, Tiago, Sérgio
Ricardo, Maurício de Sousa, Marcelo Coelho, Vinícius
Dorin, Roberlis “Juruna”, “Chico” Macedo, Sérgio Ricardo
II, Rogério “Barítono”, Samuel Pompeu, Gérson
Galante and Otávio Bangla.
Trumpet : Cláudio Farias, “Nonô” Camargo, Tenissom, “Azeitona”,
Walmir Gil, Naor, Júnior Galante, Jericó, Rogério
Froes, Carlinhos “Alligator”, João Lenhari, Rodolfo
Neves, “Gê”, Reinaldo “17”, “Rubinho” Antunes, “Zezinho” and
Fred Mills (set in).
Trombone : “Moreirinha” (José Moreira), Geraldo “Pantera”,
Samuel, Renato Farias, Peter Cirelli and Todd Murphy.
Percussion : Napoleão Oliveira, Luís “Black”,
Douglas, Luís Carlos de Paula, Allen, Vinícius,
Jovito Colluna e Cléber Campos.
In 1975, in Apucarana, State of Paraná, a Music Festival
was being held downtown. Elis Regina and César Camargo
Mariano, among others, were at the jury. BANDA JAZZCO and
TERRENO BALDIO (Vacant Lot) were the groups which took charge
of opening and closing the Festival with local singers, composers
and musicians. Right the first song – performed by the mayor's
son – stopped after a few chords : the boy said he was very “loco” and
therefore unable to sing. At that very moment, the mayor
of Apucarana left the audience, got onto stage and caught
his son by the neck. Confusion was formed : everyone left
stage, including Elis Regina, César Mariano and other
members of the jury – all of them trying to refrain the mayor
from hitting his own son. In the middle of that mess, BANDA
JAZZCO was asked to start the show, and the show began. During
an improvised guitar solo, early at the first song, Amador
Bueno got down on his knees just in order to come into the
limelight, when everyone started yelling, without even knowing
the reason for all that loudness. In the middle of his solo,
he stood up, and, at that exact moment, some gunpowder which
was on the stage floor, between his knees, exploded and,
by the skin of his teeth, did not burn him. The singer and
percussionist, Napoleão, had placed gunpowder there
and set fire to the trail to have it exploding without warning
anyone. The atmosphere was already bad. With three new components
on stage, the basser got nuts and forgot all his part. So,
the band extinguished on stage before the show ended, and
its performance stopped halfway. This happened during band's
When BANDA JAZZCO got reunited in 1980,
Fátima – a
friend of Amador Bueno's – succeeded in convincing the Marketing
Director at one of the biggest banks in Brazil to both watch
BANDA JAZZCO's performance and patronize a few shows. THE
MARQUEE PUB, opening its doors that very day, was so full
that in the middle of crowd said bank director could not
enter the house and went away. He did not want to hear about
the band any more!
In 1983, almost the
same thing happened in a bar called O PONTO (The Point).
That bar, in the noblest region of São
Paulo City, did not let in people wearing sneakers, but only
people on shoes. Lizandro, from RÁDIO DIFUSORA DE SÃO
PAULO, was a guest who could promote the band and perhaps even
produce an album with it. He was assuming the place of Director
at a big international Recording company's foreign area. That
very day, said important guest was wearing sneakers, so he
was prohibited to enter the house, even after he explained
who he was. In the meantime, Amador was called to the bar entrance
while remaining musicians were already on stage, ready to start
performing. Amador wore a ankle-tighten boot, and his feet
were smaller than the important guest's. Amador ran onto stage
in order to get Lizandro a pair of shoes when he noticed “Cacá” (who
was organizing music sheets for the show) was wearing moccasins
(which can easily be taken off the feet). Then, he asked “Cacá” : “Take
off your shoes !” “Cacá” answered : “What for ?” and
Amador insisted : “Take off your shoes, quickly, take off your
shoes !”, but “Cacá” went on replying : “What for ?” At
that very moment, from the rear side of stage, the band drummer
start counting, and Amador got quickly onto stage and also
began to play. The important producer had to stay outside
the bar, did not watch the show, and did not want to hear
from the band any more.