Bola Sete

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Bola Sete (born July 16, 1923 in Rio de Janeiro as Djalma de Andrade , † February 14, 1987 in Greenbrae , California ) was a Brazilian guitarist , singer and composer . He was an important representative of the Bossa Nova - Jazz and his guitar playing decisive for many musicians, including Carlos Santana .

life and work

Djalma de Andrade was nicknamed Bola Sete when he was the only black member of a jazz band. In Brazilian pool billiards , Bola Sete refers to the game with a game ball (Bola) and seven object balls (Sete), one of which is black and should be punched last.

Bola Sete studied guitar at the Conservatory in Rio, at the same time played in local samba groups and eventually founded his own sextet . In his playing he was significantly influenced by the jazz guitarists Django Reinhardt , Charlie Christian , Barney Kessel and Oscar Moore from the Nat King Cole trio.

From 1952 to 1956 Bola Sete stayed in Italy , where he played in various clubs and hotels. He then returned to Brazil and toured all of South America . In Argentina he performed together with Lalo Schifrin . In 1959 he worked on the soundtrack of the film Orfeu Negro , where he played a medley from Manhã de Carnaval , A Felicidade , and Samba De Orfeo .

The manager of a Sheraton hotel persuaded him to move to the United States in 1962 and perform at the local Sheraton hotels. He played in New York City's Sheraton Park for a while , and later performed regularly at the San Francisco Sheraton Palace . Dizzy Gillespie was living there at the time and this is how Bola Sete became aware of.

In the fall of 1962, Gillespie took the guitarist to the ninth Monterey Jazz Festival , where Bola Sete had great success and became known across the country. He then toured the States with Gillespie. Eventually he returned to San Francisco, where he joined Vince Guaraldi 's trio . Together they made several successful records and went on well-attended tours.

After playing with Guaraldi for a few years, Bola formed his own trio with Brazilians Sebastian Neto on bass and Paulinho da Costa on drums . With his trio he performed again in 1966 with great success in Monterey.

Bola Sete also worked with Paul Winter . He also played with the world jazz group Rainbow , which consisted of the Californian jazz musician John Handy , the sarod player Ali Akbar Khan , the violinist L. Subramaniam and the tabla player Zakir Hussain . The song Bettina composed by him was sampled by the American hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest . Bola Sete died of lung cancer at the age of 63 .

Discography (selection)


  • 1948: Chorinho do Bruno / Bola Sete no Choro
  • 1949: Meu Sonho / Carminho no Choro
  • 1952: Sem Compromisso / Tô de Sinuca
  • 1953: Meditando / Baião da Bahia
  • 1955: Hora Staccato / Czardas
  • 1956: Accarezzame / Scapricciatiello
  • 1957: Bacara / Aquarela do Brasil
  • 1958: Mister Jimmy / Mambeando
  • 1960: Batucando Mesmo / Ma Griff


  • 1957: Aqui esta o Bola Sete
  • 1958: Travessuras do Bola Sete
  • 1958: Bola Sete e Quatro Trombones
  • 1958: Ritmolandia
  • 1958: Bola Sete em Hi-Fi
  • 1959: Bahia, Ai ... Ai ...
  • 1960: Bola Sete é a Bola da Vez
  • 1962: Bola Sete Bossa Nova
  • 1962: O Extraordinario Bola Sete
  • 1964: Tour de Force
  • 1961: The Solo Guitar of Bola Sete
  • 1961: The Incomparable Bola Sete
  • 1966: Live at El Matador
  • 1966: Autentico!
  • 1967: Bola Sete at The Monterey Jazz Festival
  • 1971: Workin 'on a Groovy Thing
  • 1972: Ocean Memories
  • 1973: Goin 'to Rio
  • 1974: Shebaba
  • 1987: Jungle Suite / Shambhala Moon
  • 2008: Live At Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, 1976


  • 1958: Carnival In Rio with Therezinha Bittencourt
  • 1963: Vince, Bola & Friends with Vince Guaraldi
  • 1964: From All Sides with Vince Guaraldi
  • 2001: Jazz Casual : Jazz on the West with Vince Guaraldi and Paul Winter

supporting documents

  1. ^ Peter Lavezzoli The Dawn of Indian Music in the West: Bhairavi 2006, p. 311

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