WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING:
Just wanted to say thanks for such a great performance. You guys rocked! Everyone had a blast, and the term "best band ever" was thrown about multiple times.
Trio Zona Sul combines the energy of Brazilian music with the intimacy of a jazz trio.”
Jose Luis Oliveira, a Rio de Janeiro born artist that goes by “Zé Luis”, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer with credits on more than 260 recordings, including albums, film soundtracks and commercials.
“Zé”, has performed at hundreds of corporate and private events including gallery openings, restaurant openings, weddings, parties, retail showcases, and government functions.
His small ensemble, “Trio Zona Sul”, has been praised for combining the energy of Brazilian music with the intimacy of a jazz trio. Its instrumentation of Ze’s flute and saxophone, guitar, and percussion – a clever choice for private events – allows for a multitude of musical directions within a small format.
In his homeland of Brazil, during the eighties, he was a member of Caetano Veloso’s band for seven years. During this period, Zé played and recorded widely with top Brazilian artists, including work with icon Gilberto Gil on the original score of director Carlos Diegues’ film Subway to the Stars; the film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and was the Brazilian entry at the Academy Awards in 1987.
Since his move to New York City in 1990, Zé Luis has studied composition and contemporary music with Stanley Wolfe at the Juilliard School, and served as Musical Director of Bebel Gilberto’s band. He worked on her first album, Tanto Tempo (Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees)—the most successful Brazilian release in the U.S. since the Sergio Mendes era. Zé and Bebel continue to collaborate and play together, right up to her recent album, All In One (Verve), nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album, on which Zé is credited as a flautist and arranger.
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