Audix Artist

Airto Moreira

Percussionist

Microphones used: Drums- D4

Airto Moreira is a Brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist, a professional since the age of 13. Moreira has played with many of the greatest names in jazz, with symphony orchestras, and as a solo percussionist. During live performances, he often includes a samba solo, where he emulates the sound of an entire band using just a single pandeiro.

Moreira has played with many of the greatest names in jazz including Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Al Di Meola, Zakir Hussain, George Duke, and Mickey Hart.

Moreira was voted the number one percussionist in “DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll” for the years 1975 through 1982 and most recently in 1993. In September 2002, Brazil’s President Fernando Henrique Cardoso added Moreira to the “Order of Rio Branco”, one of Brazil’s highest honors.