Romero Lubambo & Chico Pinheiro Duo

THE 222 brings together two of today’s leading Brazilian jazz guitarists, Romero Lubambo and Chico Pinheiro. Lubambo is a prolific recording artist who, Jazziz wrote, “may be the best practitioner of his craft in the world today...[his] facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own.” Hailing from São Paulo, Pinheiro is the most widely acclaimed Brazilian guitarist to emerge in the past two decades. An esteemed composer and bandleader, he’s collaborated with artists such as Placido Domingo, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Joyce and Chris Potter. Together they will feature intricate interplay, breathtaking improvisational flights and a sublime repertoire.


About the Musicians

Romero Lubambo

Romero Lubambo’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazil with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them. Ernest Barteldes of All About Jazz named him "One of the best acoustic jazz guitarists alive today."

An acclaimed composer and performer of his own works, Lubambo has also performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Billie Eilish, Angelique Kidjo, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D'Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano. Learn about his recordings here.

Chico Pinheiro

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Chico Pinheiro is an exceptional guitarist with a beautiful sound and great fluidity, and a unique composer that blends Brazilian Music, Classical Music, and Jazz. He was nominated twice for an American Grammy® (in 2019 & 2020).

His first album, Meia Noite Meio Dia (Sony Music/ 2003), and second album Chico Pinheiro (Biscoito Fino/ 2005), both made 'Top 10 Brazilian albums of the year' in Brazil’s major media. His album, There's a Storm Inside (CT Music Japan/ Sunnyside Records, NY, 2010), won prizes as Best Brazilian Jazz Album of the year and Best Latin Jazz Composition of 2010.

Today, Chico Pinheiro is a leading figure in the Brazilian music scene. Alongside his main projects as leader, he has collaborated with artists including Placido Domingo, Brad Mehldau, Dave Grusin, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Danilo Pérez, Nnenna Freelon, Herbie Hancock, Brian Blade (IJD), Ron Carter, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The Paris Jazz Big Band, The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, The Seasons Guitar Quartet with Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage & Steve Cardenas, Esperanza Spalding, Joyce, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Chico César, Ed Motta, César Camargo Mariano, Elza Soares, Luciana Souza, Monarco, Mark Turner, Tom Scott, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eddie Gomez, Gary Novak, Lee Ritenour, Abraham Laboriel, Paulinho da Costa, Sammy Figueroa, Cachaíto Lopez, Roberto Fonseca, Ari Hoenig, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Peter Erskine, and Giovani Hidalgo.