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Antônio Maurício Horta de Melo (born December 2, 1948) is a Brazilian jazz guitarist and vocalist.

Toninho Horta
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Background information
Birth nameAntônio Maurício Horta de Melo
Born(1948-12-02)December 2, 1948
Minas Gerais, Brazil
GenresJazz, Brazilian jazz
Years active1969–present

In addition to composing and performing his own work, Horta has worked for many years as arranger or sideman for Brazilian artists such as Elis Regina, Milton Nascimento, Maria Bethania, João Bosco, Airto Moreira, Edu Lobo, Nana Caymmi, Flora Purim, Gal Costa, Sérgio Mendes, Chico Buarque, Flávio Venturini, Joyce, Johnny Alf, Wagner Tiso, Francis Hime, and Beto Guedes.

Music careerEdit

Horta grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. When he was fourteen, he met Milton Nascimento, who became a lifelong friend and occasional collaborator. His work on Clube da Esquina (1972) by Nascimento led to opportunities with Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Bosco, Nana Caymmi, Gal Costa, and Elis Regina. His debut solo album was Terras Dos Passaros in 1980, released in the U.S. through Capitol Records in 1990. He moved to the U.S, and in time worked with Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Sergio Mendes, Philip Catherine, Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, George Duke, and the Manhattan Transfer.[1][2]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 5th best guitarist in the world by the British magazine "Melody Maker" in 1977
  • 7th best guitarist in 1978, by the same magazine
  • Honorary Citizen of the City of Austin (USA) in 1983
  • He integrates the anthology "Progressions - 100 Years of Jazz" (Legacy/Columbia, 2005), as one of the most influential jazz guitarists of the twentieth century.
  • In 2012, it was included in the list of the 30 greatest Brazilian icons of the guitar and the guitar of the magazine Rolling Stone Brazil.


As leaderEdit

  • Terra Dos Passaros (EMI, 1980)
  • Toninho Horta (EMI, 1980)
  • Diamond Land (Verve Forecast, 1988)
  • Moonstone (Verve Forecast, 1989)
  • Once I Loved (Verve/PolyGram, 1992)
  • Durango Kid (Big World 1993)
  • Foot on the Road (PolyGram/Verve Forecast, 1994)
  • Durango Kid 2 (Big World, 1995)
  • Serenade (Truspace, 1997)
  • From Ton to Tom (Videoarts 1998)
  • Com o Pe no Forro (Minas, 2004)
  • Solo Ao Vivo (Minas, 2007)
  • Toninho in Vienna (Pao Records, 2007)
  • Minas/Tokio (Minas, 2010)
  • Harmonia e Vozes (Minas, 2010)
  • Belo Horizonte (Minas, 2019)

Further readingEdit

  • Toninho Horta: Harmonia Compartilhada (Publishing: Terra dos Pássaros, 2010)
  • Songbook: Toninho Horta 108 Partituras (Publishing: Terra dos Pássaros, 2017)


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2013). The great jazz guitarists : the ultimate guide. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ Neder, Alvaro. "Toninho Horta". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 February 2017.

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