Adolfo Mendonça is a pianist, keyboard player and music instructor who currently attends a Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree at University of South Florida, where he earned 3 different scholarships. He have been receiving the knowledge of teachers like Chuck Owen, Jack Wilkins, Mark Taylor and Chris Rottmayer at USF.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at “Universidade Federal de São Carlos”, in Brazil. He also attended “Centro Tom Jobim” and had classes with Roberto Sion (former Jobim´s sax player), Arrigo Barnabé, Proveta and Julio Cesar Figueiredo. In addition, complimentary music background was also earned with a classical music degree at “Conservatório Ivanildo Rebouças” and a jazz intensive on the New York Jazz Academy.
He dedicated most of his time to teach jazz, Brazilian jazz and popular music. He have been working as the jazz piano and jazz combo instructor at “Conservatório Municipal de Guarulhos”, a 60-year old conservatory in Brazil. Currently, he have being teaching masterclasses in some of the most important Brazilian music colleges and conservatories, like UNESP, EMESP, “Faculdade Santa Marcelina” and “Faculdade Souza Lima”.
As a pianist, he played in several Brazilian music festivals, has done TV show appearances and played with bassist Arthur Maia, singer Byafra and the American-Brazilian band “O Som do Jazz”. In the next summer, he will join the USF Jazztet for a tour in France, including a performance on the festival "Jazz à Vienne".