Faculty – LISBON – 2018


Under the direction of, and joined by SMJ’s Artistic/Music Director NILSON MATTA , our faculty has a commitment to working closely with each student “wherever s(he) is at.”  Whether you’re a hobbyist, a classical player/singer transitioning to jazz, or a working professional wanting to further refine your technique, explore repertoire, enhance your style, our faculty is here to share their expertise and take you where you want to go!   

Chico Pinheiro:  “A Rising Star…” – Downbeat Magazine 

Virtuoso guitarist-vocalist, arranger and composer was voted as “Rising Star/Guitar” in 2012.   Since that time, he has achieved a remarkable presence in- and outside the Brazilian music scene.  He has performed and recorded with the “cream of the crop” of Brazilian artists such as Joyce, Ivans Lins, Rosa Passos, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, Joao Donato, Johnny Alf, Luciana Souza, and more, while also making his mark internationally, recording and playing with Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Bob Mintzer, Nilson Matta, Chris Potter, Eddie Gomez, and so many more!   About Chico Pinheiro latest album There’s a Storm Inside: throughout, Pinheiro’s charms as a guitarist, composer and vocalist are hard to resist. Imagine a young Chet Baker, with Luiz Bonfa’s chops and Marcos Valle’s aching sense of melody , and you get a record that will have you surrendering with a ‘Yes, yes, yes’.





Harry Allen (photo and bio coming soon…) 




Catarina Dos Santos 

Singer, songwriter,  sound artist Catarina dos Santos is an accomplished artist, with an international career, and expansive mindset. Her cultural roots combine Africa, Portugal and Brazil, and her life in New York as an artist became the driving force for her artistry as a musician and composer. Lisbon is the city where she starts her career as a jazz singer. Her passion for jazz  takes her to New York, in 2003, to study Jazz Performance at The City College of New York, and Orchestration at The Juilliard School. She also is part of the Juilliard School Choral Union. In 2005 Catarina is invited to be the lead singer and songwriter for the band Nation Beat, that brought her to work a fusion of North Eastern Brazilian Maracatu and New Orleans Second Line.  In 2006, she records Maracatuniversal,  tours NE Brazil and the U.S. , playing at renowned venues such as The Blue Note, Joes Pub, The Stone (John Zorn), SOb’s, etc.  In a city filled with multiple music genres, Catarina works with greats from the Latin Jazz scene, such as Montego Joe, the flutist/pianist from Irakere (Cuba) Oriente Lopez, and John Benitez.

New York’s multicultural landscape inspired her to create new sound first appearing in  No Balanço do Mar, released in 2009. While mastering this mix of diverse sounds, she composes and co-produces the show The Mermaid’s Feet, with her long time collaborator Raquel Z. Rivera, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Catarina’s research also takes her to be an invited lecturer at ASWAD Conference, at Rutgers University in 2011.   

As  soloist and ensemble member for the performance of Mary Lou Williams’s Mass For Peace” in 2013, New York’s finest jazz singers, and then performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as lead singer of the Brazilian band Forroteria.  Having just completed a Masters Degree in Composition at Goldsmiths University, in London. Catarina just released her second album: eccletic, tinged with New York’s melting pot, a fresh new sound of roots and urban sounds all together, from Africa to Brazil, to the New York Latin Jazz scene, with Lisbon’s multicultural landscape as inspiration.