Jorge Continentino

Jazz

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Jorge was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, home to some of the world’s most revered music genres, notably Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro and Forro. He was raised in a musical family where learning the language of music and music theory were part of everyday life. At the young age of 15, Jorge began playing professionally in Belo Horizonte, Sao Paolo and Rio alongside his father, Mauro Continentino, a jazz pianist, and two brothers, Kiko and Alberto, a pianist and bassist respectively. In 2003, he and his brothers established themselves among Brazil’s most talented up-and-coming musicians with the self-entitled album Continentrio. After years of playing professionally alongside some of Brazil’s biggest names in music, including Marisa Monte, Skank, and Milton Nascimento, Jorge released his solo album, “Portrait,” and moved to New York City with his wife and family to join the rich local jazz and Brazilian music scenes. Not long after arriving, Jorge developed a partnership with Mauro Refosco (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thom Yorke-Atoms for Peace), Guilherme Monteiro (Ron Carter, Vanessa da Mata), and Davi Vieira, and together they formed the group Forro in the Dark, well known in New York City and beyond for the lively dance scene they initiated and maintained for 8 years that established Nublu as the most happening Wednesday night scene on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Discreet and bohemian with an urban and international edge, Forro in the Dark’s night at Nublu became the regular haunt of many of New York’s local artists and a regular stop for all manner of stars passing through, including European performers, Brazilian soccer stars, actors and actresses. In addition to the following they created and the energy they generated on the New York City music scene, the group released three albums during the same period and toured extensively. The albums are "Bonfires of São João" (Nublu Records, 2006) with special guests David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto and Miho Hatori of Cibo Mato, "Dia de Roda" (Nublu Records, 2008), and "Light a Candle" (Nat Geo Music, 2009) with Jesse Harris and Sabina Sciubba as guests, "Forrozinho" (Tzadik, 2015).

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