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Jovino Santos Neto, Dena DeRose: San Jose Jazz Festival

Roy Haynes

The first time JazzSet visited the San Jose Jazz Festival, we came to hear Larry Coryell's guitar. Wow! We got hooked on the sunshine and the music in the streets, so we returned for the great Mulgrew Miller, as well as flutist Nestor Torres. We're back! This time, we're here to meet a Latin Grammy-nominated pianist from Brazil, now living in Seattle - Jovino Santos Neto. And first, Dena DeRose and her trio: Michael Zisman on bass and drummer Akira Tana. Their special guest is trumpeter Eddie Henderson.

Dena DeRose loved jazz as a child, and as a young woman, drove to New York City to be near her piano heroes - Hank Jones for example. Dena had to rest her hands when carpal tunnel problems set in, so she learned to use her voice. Now she plays and sings (much more difficult than doing either one or the other), and her first CD on the excellent Max Jazz label is almost out, entitled A Walk in the Park. Dena's a pro; her 35 minutes on JazzSet will just whet your appetite.

Pianist Jovino Santos Neto grew up in Rio. He learned to play the piano because his sister was taking lessons. As a youth, he loved radio from the United States and the United Kingdom, especially progressive rock. When Jovino went to college in Montreal, he heard the new sounds of Weather Report, electric Miles Davis, and a Brazilian keyboard player with tremendous energy: Hermeto Pascoal.

Ed Littlefield, Jr.

Jovino went home and spent 15 intense years in Pascoal's band. It was his conservatory. As that chapter closed, he took a liking to Seattle and relocated. Good move: Jovino has just received the Golden Ear Award for Best Instrumental Musician in Seattle. The set from San Jose is so good that in the future, Jovino is going to release it on CD.

"How Deep Is the Ocean"
"In the Glow of the Moon" - lyric by Meredith d'Ambrosio
"Summer Night"
"Green Dolphin Street"

JOVINO SANTOS NETO "Vida Amor Luz/ Life Love Light" -- dedicated to his parents on their 50th wedding anniversary
"Trio de Quatro"

Jovino Santos Neto on piano and flute, with Peter Barshay, bass, and Paul von Waginengen, drums. Guest Harvey Wainapel joins for the last songs. Music by Santos Neto.


  • Dena DeRose

  • Max Jazz, DeRose's record label

  • Jovino Santos Neto

  • Interview with Jovino by a student at Cornish College of the Arts, where he is on the faculty

    Onsite producer and recording engineer: Ron Davis, with Colin Davis of A Wing and A Prayer.

    The San Jose Jazz Festival is produced by the San Jose Jazz Society. Thanks to Steve Saperstein, General Director.

    JazzSet is produced by Claude Carrière, host of Le Jazz Hot on Radio France; recording engineer is Pascal Camille. And also: the JazzSet Technical Director in New York is Duke Markos. Producer: Becca Pulliam; Executive Producer: Thurston Briscoe III, at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, N.J.

    Copyright 2007 NPR