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Jazz. Brazilian music. Jazz Piano. Synthesizers. Music Education
Adolfo Mendonça is a pianist, keyboard player and music instructor.

He has performed in several music festivals and jazz venues in the United States, Brazil, France and Mexico, including Jazz a Vienne 2019 (France), St. Petersburg Jazz Festival (USA) 2019 and 2020, Blue Note Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Santos Jazz Festival (Brazil) 2018 and 2019. As a sideman, he has played with Arthur Maia, Byafra, grammy-winner Jose Valentino Ruiz and the American-Brazilian band "O Som do Jazz".

As an educator, Adolfo has teaches jazz piano and jazz ensemble at the Guarulhos Municipal Conservatory n Brazil. He has also received several invitations for teaching masterclasses in colleges and music schools, such as Unicamp, USP, Unesp, Souza Lima, Santa Marcelina, EMESP (in Brazil), St. Petersburg College and Hillsborough College (in the USA), in addition to many other music schools.
During his master's degree at the University of South Florida, he learned jazz improvisation and composition with professors such as Chuck Owen, Jack Wilkins, Mark Taylor and Chris Rottmayer.
Also, he received received an award for high-level music research, a graduate assistantship and three different kinds of scholarships. 

In addition to his master's degree, he took several courses in Brazil. He holds a bachelor of arts in Music Education after attending Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, in Brazil. Also, he attended Centro Tom Jobim and has lessons with Roberto Sion (former Jobim's sax player and Pau Brasil founding member), Arrigo Barnabe, Nailor Proveta and Julio Cesar Figueiredo. Finally, he has studied classical piano at Conservatorio Ivanildo Reboucas.

In the United States, he has also studied at the New York Jazz Academy and had private lessons with professors such as Lynne Arriale, Per Danielsson, Martin Bejerano, Adam Birnbaum and Tammy Scheffer.





August 20th, 2021 - Maringá, Brazil

Universidade Estadual de Maringá - UEM

A reflection on the contrasts in music pedagogy in Brazil and the United States

August 16th, 2021 - Campinas, Brazil

Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP

Jazz musical language apllied to the piano

August 12th, 2021 - Pará, Brazil

Universidade Federal do Pará - UFPA

Interactive Online Workshop - Jazz Language and Aesthetics

June 26th, 2021 - Edinburgh, Scotland

University of Edinburgh

Research presentation - Slink: an analysis of the music of Lyle Mays

Documenting Jazz

March 20th, 2021 - United States
Uncharted Territory - ISJAC
Poster presentation - Comparisons between early 20th century choro and jazz

February 27th, 2021 - Guarulhos, Brazil

Teatro Adamastor

Orquestra Sinfônica Jovem de Guarulhos, Manuela Freua e Adolfo Mendonça - Jazz em Concerto



March 12th, 2020 - Tampa, Florida

University of South Florida

Graduate recital

March 16th, 2020, 9:30 AM - Sao Paulo, Brazil

USP - Universidade de São Paulo

Performance and masterclass

March 17th, 2020, 9:30 AM - Sao Paulo, Brazil

UNESP - Universidade Estadual Julio de Mesquita

Performance and masterclass

March 17th, 2020, 7 PM - Santos, Brazil

SESC Santos

Blues workshop

March 18th, 2020, 8 PM - Guarulhos, Brazil

Adolfo Mendonca trio concert

Teatro Adamastor

March 19th, 2020, 11 AM - Campinas, Brazil

Unicamp - Universidade de Campinas

Performance and masterclass

March 27th, 2020 - Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin

Brazilian music solo piano concert

* Jazz piano recitals and workshops are going to be announced in Sao Paulo, Brazil for March 2020



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