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Laurindo Almeida (September 2, 1917, São Paulo, Brazil–July 26, 1995, Van Nuys, California) was a Brazilian classical guitarist.

Prior to being invited to the United States in 1947 by Stan Kenton, Laurindo Almeida played guitar in Rio de Janeiro where he was known for his classical Spanish guitar playing. He joined Kenton's band during the height of its success in the 1940s, then was employed as a studio musician. In 1953 he recorded, with Bud Shank, two albums called… read more

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  • Avatar for PappaWheelie
    As much as the press canonized great East Coast virtuosos, the history books left out hw much of a hotbed Stan Kenton's band was for everything from Boss Nova to late night TV Jazz bands to Crime Jazz movie scores. Nearly every one of these culural pehnoms came from Kenton's band, and Laurindo is ground zero for America's interest in Bossa Nova (although contrarian armchair scholars might suggest the Woody Herman/Charlie Byrd connection).

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