My father had a big and beautiful collection with thousands of LPs, 78 rpm, and books and magazines, mostly about jazz and Brazilian music.
When I was around 13 years old, I was checking my father’s collection and I found a jazz festival catalog or a jazz magazine, I don’t know for sure, but what I do know for sure is that the publication gave me a clear and strong direction for my life.
That was a big-size publication with beautiful pictures laid out carefully in nicely spread pages, with photos in duo tones and great typography. Those graphics really caught me. From that point on, I started to be very curious about jazz music and graphic design. I can say that my entrance to the jazz world was from the graphic door. Since, then I have continued enjoying beautiful covers as well as the music that came from inside them.
When I was 18 years old, already a big jazz fan, I started to study saxophone and to work as a graphic designer. My first published work as graphic designer was the posters for the bands that I had with my brother Flavio on bass and also for my musician friends’ gigs.
Since then, I never stopped working as a graphic designer and art director. I worked in many publications in Brazil and Japan. My past work included Folha de S. Paulo (daily newspaper), Revista da Folha (weekly magazine), Claudia (women’s magazine), Super Interessante (science), SET (cinema), Mais Jazz (jazz), Jornal Tudo Bem (newspaper), Made In Japan (about Japan), Tokyo Classified (entertainment), Metropolis (entertainment), and my own very first as both publisher and editor, JAZZNIN magazine (a bilingual–and for one issue trilingual! –music magazine).
It was here in Tokyo where I have lived and worked since 1996 that I had the chance to go deeper into my relation with jazz. The jazz scene in Tokyo is excellent with dynamic jazz clubs and great musicians. In Tokyo, I have been blessed to keep producing my jazz graphics, as my repertoire expanded to include CD covers, book covers, branding, posters, flyers, video editing and websites.