José Neto (musician)

José Pires de Almeida Neto, born in 1954 in São Paulo, is a Brazilian guitarist known for playing jazz. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, he plays an electric nylon string guitar with polysubbass strings.

José Pires de Almeida Neto
Also known asJosé Neto
Born1954 (age 68–69)
São Paulo, Brazil
Occupation(s)Jazz Guitarist
InstrumentsElectric nylon string guitar with polysubbass
Years active1970–present


Neto started learning guitar from his mother at the age of four[1] and began classical guitar lessons at the age of twelve, later studying at the music academy in his hometown. Beginning in 1970, he taught the guitar and had his own band, "Plato". In 1978 he became a member of Harry Belafonte's band. In 1982 Neto moved to San Francisco and was soon playing with Tânia Maria, Paquito D’Rivera, Hugh Masekela, Herbie Mann, and Airto Moreira. In 1990 he became the musical director and composer for the band Fourth World, along with Moreira and Flora Purim. He also has recorded with George Benson. Since 2001, he has played with the Netoband, playing at various festivals through Europe and the United States. As a result, Neto joined Steve Winwood's band as their 2003 world tour began.[2] He has been seen performing with Winwood on The View, Good Morning America, and Late Night with David Letterman, among other national television programs.[3]

He has lived in Fairfax, California since the 1980s.[4]


  • Mountains and the Sea (1987), with Randy Tico, Airto Moreira, and Flora Purim on Water lily acoustics
  • Neto (1993)
  • Seventh Wave – The Lucky One (2000)
  • Newspaper Girl (2012)

with Harry Belafonte

with Fourth World

with Steve Winwood

Lexicographical entryEdit

  • Martin Kunzler, Jazz-Lexikon Bd. 2. Reinbek 2002; ISBN 3-499-16513-9


  1. ^ "AllMusic Artist Biography". Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ Hamlin, Jesse (7 November 2012). "Neto takes Brazilian note to Winwood's". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 March 2015. He first met the sterling British musician in the mid-1990s, when Netoband - a fine Bay Area ensemble featuring bassist Gary Brown, drummer Celso Alberti, percussionist Café da Silva and the artful piano and synth player Frank Martin - was playing its annual gig at Ronnie Scott's storied London jazz club. Winwood came in with the late Jim Capaldi, the singing drummer and lyricist who'd founded Traffic with Winwood and who'd heard Neto play with Airto.
  3. ^ Libartore, Paul (19 August 2008). "Jose Neto enjoys his nine lives with Steve Winwood's band". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  4. ^ SFGate: Neto takes Brazilian note to Winwood’s | Jose Neto Retrieved 2016-12-19.

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