Luiz Americano (born February 27, 1900 in Aracaju , Sergipe , Brazil ; † March 29, 1960 in Rio de Janeiro ), actually Luiz Americano Rego or Luiz Americano do Rego, was a Brazilian clarinetist , saxophonist and composer .
Luiz Americano began studying music at the age of thirteen, inspired by his father, Jorge Americano, who was the leader of a band in his hometown. He then played the clarinet in a military band, first in Aracaju, then in Maceió and finally in Rio de Janeiro.
At the beginning of the 1920s he began working as a musician on the radio and made his first recordings as a composer and as a soloist. Between 1928 and 1931 he lived in Argentina . In 1932 he became a member of the famous group Velha Guarda, alongside Pixinguinha and Donga . In 1937 he joined the Trio Carioca with Radamés Gnattali on piano and Luciano Perrone on drums. Countless recordings followed, on which he can be heard with his brilliant tone on the saxophone and the clarinet, among others with Carmen Miranda and Leopold Stokowski . In the 1930s and 1940s he devoted himself intensively to choro as a saxophonist and clarinetist .
His best-known compositions include É do que há , Lágrimas , Virgem and Numa Seresta , his most famous choro.
Until the end of his life he was a sought-after studio musician . In 1960 he died in the Brás de Pina district of Rio de Janeiro. Luiz Americano is considered one of the great pioneers of the saxophone in Brazil.
Selection of works
- Luiz Americano at CliqueMusic (Portuguese)
- Dicionário Cravo Albin da Música Popular Brasileira
- Luiz Americano at Allmusic (English)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Americano Rego, Luiz (real name); Americano do Rego, Luiz (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Brazilian clarinetist, saxophonist and composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 27, 1900|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Aracaju , Sergipe , Brazil|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 29, 1960|
|Place of death||Rio de Janeiro|