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Duduka Da Fonseca
March 31, 1951
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Duduka Da Fonseca

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Moreira Da Fonseca started playing drums when he was thirteen.

He moved to New York City in 1975 and was the founder and leader of Brazilian All Stars, Brazilian Express, and the New York Samba Band.

He was a teacher at the Drummers Collective and wrote an instructional book, Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset.

Since 1986, he has been a founding member and co-leader of Trio da Paz, a band he started with bassist Nilson Matta and guitarist Romero Lubambo.

In New York, Duduka followed his dream of playing with American jazz musicians where he could blend musical cultures. To date, he has recorded and performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, Lee Konitz, Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen, Herbie Mann, Sadao Watanabe, Joe Henderson, David Amram, George Mraz, Emily Remler, Nancy Wilson, Slide Hampton, Rufus Reid, Steve Allee, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Martin Wind, Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Jorge Dalto, Paquito D’Rivera, Dick Oatts, Dennis Irwin, Billy Drewes, Kenny Werner, David Sanchez, Marc Copland, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Harry Allen, Larry Goldings, Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli, and others.

In addition to the artists listed above, Duduka has played and recorded with many Brazilian artists: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dom Salvador, Sergio Barrozo, Rio 65 Trio, Haroldo Mauro Jr., Astrud Gilberto, Toninho Horta, Airto Moreira, Raul de Souza, Claudio Roditi, Ion Muniz, Edson Lobo, Alfredo Cardim, Nico Assumpção, Tenório Jr., Cesarius Alvim, Ricardo Santos, Edison Maciel, Naná Vasconcelos, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Paulo Jobim, Daniel Jobim, Jaques Morelenbaum, Mario Adnet, Maucha Adnet, Chico Adnet, Elza Soares, OSESP (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, “Jobim Sinfônico”), Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi, Oscar Castro-Neves, and others.

Duduka is also a 4-time Grammy nominee. In 2002 his first solo album, Samba Jazz Fantasia, was nominated for an American Grammy Award.

In 2002 he formed the Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet featuring Anat Cohen, Guilherme Monteiro, Helio Alves, and Leonardo Cioglia. The Quintet recorded two critically acclaimed albums. Their second album, Samba Jazz-Jazz Samba, was among the ten best albums of the year in Jazziz Magazine.

Since 2007, Duduka Da Fonseca has had a project with pianist Helio Alves, featuring vocalist Maucha Adnet, called “Samba Jazz & The Music of Jobim”. This show has been presented annually at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (JALC), as well as other venues and festivals around the globe.

In 2009 Duduka formed the Duduka Da Fonseca Trio featuring David Feldman on piano and Guto Wirtti on acoustic bass. The Trio has recorded four albums which were acclaimed by critics worldwide.

In 2020 Duduka was nominated for the American Grammy® Award with the album “Sorte!”: Music by John Finbury, Thalma de Freitas with Victor Gonçalves, John Patitucci, Chico Pinheiro, Airto Moreira, Rogério Boccato & Duduka Da Fonseca.





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Drummerworld Video
Duduka Da Fonseca - Rufus Reid's Out Front Trio
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Live at Dizzy's





Duduka Da Fonseca - DrummerworldDuduka Da Fonseca Trio:
Duduka Da Fonseca - David Felman - Guto Wirtti



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Drummerworld Video
Duduka Da Fonseca
Vera Cruz
Drum Solo with the Brazilian Trio: Helio Alves - Nilson Matta - Duduka Da Fonseca
provided by Stephan Diethelm - „musig-im-ochsen“ Muri - Switzerland - 2014





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Drummerworld Video
Duduka Da Fonseca
Eddie Gomez Trio: Stefan Karlsson & Duduka Da Fonseca

Drum Solo





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Duduka Da Fonseca - Drummerworld



Selected Discography

Leader
Duduka Da Fonseca - Samba Jazz Fantasia (Grammy Award Nominee) (Anzic)
Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet - Samba Jazz in Black & White (Zoho)
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio - Plays Toninho Horta (Zoho)
Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet - Samba Jazz - Jazz Samba (Anzic)
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio - New Samba Jazz Directions (Zoho)
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio - Jive Samba (Zoho)
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio - Plays Dom Salvador (Sunnyside Records)

Co-Leader
Trio da Paz - Brasil From The Inside (Indie Award) - (Concord Picante)
Trio da Paz - Black Orpheus - (KOKO)
Trio da Paz - Partido Out (Jazz Journalist Association Award) - (Malandro)
Trio da Paz - Café - (Malandro)
Trio da Paz - Somewhere - (Blue Toucan)
Dom Salvador, Rogério Botter Maio & Duduka Da Fonseca - Transition (Bomba)
Duduka Da Fonseca & Helio Alves - HD2- Songs From The Last Century
DNA Bossa Trio - Alfredo Cardim, Nilson Matta & Duduka Da Fonseca (CID)
Trio Da Paz & Joe Locke - Live at JazzBaltica - (MaxJazz)
Brazilian Trio - Forests - Helio Alves - Nilson Matta & Duduka Da Fonseca
Brazilian Trio - Helio Alves, Nilson Matta & Duduka Da Fonseca - Constelação
Trio Da Paz - 30 - (Grammy Award Nominee) - (Zoho)
Our Thing - Roni Ben Hur - Santi Debriano & Duduka Da Fonseca - Manhattan Style
Duduka Da Fonseca & Helio Alves featuring Maucha Adnet
Samba Jazz & Tom Jobim (Sunnyside Records) 2019

With Others
Astrud Gilberto - Astrud Gilberto & The James Last Orchestra (Verve)
Herbie Mann - Jasil Brazz - (RBI)
Emily Remler - This is Me - (Justice)
Claudio Roditi - Two of Swords - (Candid)
Joanne Brackeen - Breath of Brazil - (Concord Picante)
Lee Konitz & The Brazilian Band - Brazilian Rhapsody - (Venus)
Gerry Mulligan - Paraiso - (Telarc)



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Duduka Da Fonseca - Drummerworld



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