Laurindo Almeida (born September 2, 1917, São Paulo, Brazil–died 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 Brazilliance for the World Pacific label. He also recorded with Stan Getz and Herbie Mann, among others, and recorded for film and television.

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