In 1992 the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society conferred their award to him in London, England in recognition of his "great talent as a composer and performer". In 1993 the same Society presented he and his wife in a concert at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London.
When you hear the movie music for great films such as "The Agony and the Ecstasy", "A Star Is Born", "The Old Man and The Sea", "Godfather", "Camelot", "Wagon Train", "Bonanza", the Oscar winning "Unforgiven" and many other films and television shows, remember the name Laurindo Almeida. He was the genius who played the guitar music for the underscoring. A short subject film entitled "Magic Pear Tree" for which he both composed and played the music was another Oscar winner!
Laurindo Jose de Araujo Almeida Nobrega Neto was born in the village of Prainha, Brazil near Santos in the state of São Paulo.
Born into a musical family, Almeida was a self-taught guitarist. During his teenage years, Almeida moved to São Paulo, where he worked as a radio artist, staff arranger and nightclub performer. At the age of 19, he worked his way to Europe playing guitar in a cruise ship orchestra. In Paris, he attended a performance at the Hot Club by Stephane Grappelli and famed guitarist Django Reinhardt, who became a lifelong artistic inspiration.
Returning to Brazil, Almeida continued composing and performing. He became known for playing both classical Spanish and popular guitar. He moved to the United States in 1947; a trip financed when one of his compositions, a song known as “Johnny Peddler” became a hit recorded by the Andrews Sisters. In Los Angeles, Almeida immediately went to work in film studio orchestras.
Laurindo Almeida Trio - Leverkusener Jazztage 1992
- Old Guitaron
- Mozart In Samba Motion and Busy Bee
- Artistry In Rhythm
- Danza Five
- Dingue Li Bangue
- Little Boat
- One Note Samba
- Claire De Lune Samba
Laurindo Almeida - guitar
Bob Magnusson - bass
Jim Plank - drums