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Paulo Moura (15 July 1932 – 12 July 2010[1]) was a Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist.

Born in São José do Rio Preto, where his father was the maestro of a marching band and encouraged his son to train as a tailor,[2] Paulo instead studied in the National Music School and performed with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. He was the first black artist to become first clarinetist in the Municipal Theatre Orchestra.[2] He appeared at Bossa Nova night at Carnegie Hall in 1962 with Sérgio Mendes,[2] the two of them also featuring on Cannonball Adderley's 1962 album, Cannonball's Bossa Nova. He won the Sharp Award for the most popular instrumentalist of the year in 1992.[2]

His CD Paulo Moura e Os Oito Batutas was listed by Barnes & Noble as one of the top 10 recommendations of the year for 1998.[2] From 1997 to 1999, he was on the State Council of Culture in Rio de Janeiro, a Councillor of the Federal Council of Music, and President of the Museum Foundation of Image and Sound.[2] In 2000, Moura became the first Brazilian instrumentalist to win the Latin Grammy.[2] Moura died of lymphoma three days before his 78th birthday.[3][4] In his last informal musical gathering happened on July 10, 2010,[5] and included David Feldman (musician), pt:Daniela Spielmann, pt:Marcello Gonçalves, pt:Gabriel Moura, pt:Humberto Araujo and pt:Wagner Tiso. He was married to Halina Grynberg and had two sons, Pedro and Domingos.[6]


  • Moto Perpétuo. Chantecler, 1956.
  • Sweet Sax. RCA Victor, 1957.
  • Escolha e Dance com Paulo Moura. Sinter Discos, 1959.
  • Paulo Moura Interpreta Radamés Gnatalli. Continental, 1960.
  • Tangos e Boleros. Chantecler, 1962.
  • Cannonball's Bossa Nova (1962), with Cannonball Adderley
  • Do the Bossa Nova with Herbie Mann, Latin Fever (1962), with Herbie Mann
  • Paulo Moura e Quarteto. Equipe, 1968.
  • Paulo Moura e Hecteto: Mensagem. Equipe, 1969.
  • Paulo Moura e Hecteto: Fibra. Equipe, 1970.
  • Pilantocracia. Equipe, 1971.
  • Confusão Urbana, Suburbana e Rural. RCA Victor, 1976.
  • Concertão. Kuarup, 1981.
  • Paulo Moura e Clara Sverner. Odeon, 1983.
  • Mistura e Manda. Kuarup, 1984.
  • Paulo Moura e Clara Sverner: Vou Vivendo. Kuarup, 1986.
  • Paulo Moura e Clara Sverner: Vou Vivendo. Odeon, 1986.
  • Gafieira Etc. e Tal. Kuarup, 1986.
  • Paulo Moura e Clara Sverner Interpretam Pixinguinha. CBS, 1988.
  • Quarteto Negro: Paulo Moura, Jorge Degas, Zezé Mota e Djalma Corrêa. Kuarup, 1988.
  • Paulo Moura Interpreta Dorival Caymmi. Chorus, 1991.
  • Rio Nocturne. Messidor, 1992.
  • Dois Irmãos: Paulo Moura e Raphael Rabello. Milestone Records, 1992.
  • Paulo Moura e Wagner Tiso. Tom Brasil, 1996.
  • Paulo Moura e Os Batutas. Rob Digital, 1997. Winner of the 2000 Latin Grammy.
  • Mood Ingenuo: Paulo Moura and Cliff Korman duo. Jazzheads, 1999.
  • Paulo Moura visita Jobim e Gershwin. Pau Brasil, 2000.
  • K-Ximblues. Rob Digital, 2002.
  • Estação Leopoldina. MecBR, 2003.
  • El Negro del blanco. Biscoito Fino, 2004.
  • Fruto Maduro with André Sachs, Biscoito Fino 2012


  1. ^ "MEMÓRIA: Paulo Moura silencia" Zero Hora in Portuguese, 15 July 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Paulo Moura". Cantaloupe Music Productions Inc. Archived from the original on December 1, 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  3. ^ "Músico Paulo Moura morre aos 77". 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Interview with Seu Jorge" Exclaim! Magazine, August 2010 in Portuguese, 15 July 2010
  5. ^ "Sarau para Paulo Moura". Cantaloupe Music Productions. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  6. ^ Phillips, Tom (22 July 2010). "Brazilian musician brought the bossa nova to the world". The Globe and Mail.

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