DOM UM ROMAO (photos + bio)

Born August 3, 1925, in Rio de Janeiro, Dom Um Romão began his musical career in the late 1940s, playing drums at dance halls and cabarets in Rio De Janeiro. He was later hired by the Rádio Tupi’s orchestra. In the 1950s, he formed the Copa Trio. He appeared on Elizeth Cardoso’s album Canção do Amor Demais, an essential bossa nova album, which featured music by Tom Jobim and the guitar of João Gilberto. In the 1960s Dom Um Romão joined Sérgio Mendes’ jazz ensemble. His first album, Dom Um, came out in 1964. The following year he moved to the United states, where he continued to work with Sérgio Mendes and participated in countless recording sessions. His international profile became more visible in 1971, when he replaced Airto Moreira in the legendary fusion band Weather Report. In the 1980s he moved to St. Gallen, Switzerland. In the 90s, he spent more and more time in Brazil, participating in recordings and workshops. In 1997 he recorded Rhythm Traveler. Throughout his career, Dom Um Romão worked with such artists as Cannonball Adderley, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Helen Merrill, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Astrud Gilberto, Robert Palmer, Harry Belafonte, Sivuca, Walter Wanderley, Stanley Turrentine, Flora Purim, Luiz Henrique and Ithamara Koorax. The pioneering drummer and percussionist Dom Um Romão died July 27, 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, at age 79.

DOM UM ROMAO Discography  page

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