DUDUKA DA FONSECA
Grammy Nominee - Award Winning
Drummer - Percussionist
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Duduka began playing the drums at the age
of thirteen. By fifteen he was appearing on television, and also performing and
recording with top Brazilian musicians : Cesarius Alvim, Tenório Jr., Haroldo
Mauro Jr, Alfredo Cardim, Edson Lobo, João Donato, Edison Maciel, Nivaldo
Ornelas, Ion Muniz and Grupo Mandengo (Mauro Senise, Barrozinho, Raul
Mascarenhas, Tomás Improta, Tony Botelho).
In 1975 Duduka moved to New York establishing numerous Brazilian Jazz
Groups One of these groups, Brazilian Express, appeared on a Nacional PBS
television special. The New York Samba Band performed at the Blue Note,
Fat Tuesday’s and the Village Gate , among many other clubs in the United
States. The Brazilian Jazz All Stars featured artists Bob Mintzer, Eliane Elias
and Randy Brecker. Duduka is a co-leader of Trio da Paz, nominated as the
best New Latin Jazz Group of 1993., and winner of the Jazz Journalist Association
awards, for the best Brazilian Jazz album of 2002 ( Partido Out – Malandro
Duduka has recorded and performed with artists such as Antonio Carlos
Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Herbie Mann, Claudio Roditi, Joanne Brackeen,
Eddie Gomez, John Scofield, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, Jorge Dalto,
Dom Salvador, Mário Adnet, Paulo Jobim, Jacques Morelenbaum, Lee Konitz,
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Phil Woods, Emily Remler, Nana Vasconcelos, Nancy Wilson,
Slide Hampton, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, and many others .
From 1984 to 1999 Duduka was a member of the faculty at the Drummer’s
Collective in NYC, conducting workshops and private lessons. He has also
conducted workshops in Europe, Asia and Brazil.
Duduka is the author of an instructional book and tape or cd called
“Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset”, published by Manhattan Music /
Warner Bros. Publications.
In 2003 Duduka’s first solo album “Samba Jazz Fantasia” was nominated
for the GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album.
“Duduka has worked with me and I love the way he plays.” – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Pianist and Composer HELIO ALVES has received high praise as featured performer with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, Rosa Passos and Oscar Castro-Neves, to name but a few. He is also featured pianist on three Grammy winning recordings-Joe Henderson's Big Band, Yo-Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil and Paquito D'Rivera's Brazilian Dreams - and on Duduka Da Fonseca's Grammy nominated Samba Jazz Fantasia.