Hermeto Pascoal Interview

Source: Jazzwise.

Making his professional debut in the mid 1960s, Pascoal helped to broaden the vocabulary of bossa nova through his work with legendary Brazilians such as Edu Lobo and Quarteto Novo, alongside drummer-percussionist Airto Moreira, who later introduced him to Miles Davis. Pascoal then continued to develop as a solo artist.

For the past half-century he has been a seasoned international musical traveler who has dazzled audiences at prestigious jazz festivals such as Montreux and also collaborated many times with musicians around the world. Pascoal’s influence on several generations of European artists has been significant and in 2011 he led a big band at London’s Barbican centre that brought together his own ensemble and a host of leading British players. Next month, Pascoal returns to the venue on 5 May with his sextet augmented by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the Norfolk & Norwich festival.