“He... is a jazz saxophonist and composer with a unique vantage point., fully respecting American and Brazilian music and being conversant in both. His technical skills, musicianship, and instrumental prowess place him among the top contenders of his craft."(Arturo O’Farrill, Grammy winner pianist/band leader)

"...but it's saxophonist Livio Almeida who proves to be the most impressive non-O'Farrill on the date. He matches Adam O'Farrill, mood-for-mood and stride-for-stride, and adds some contrast to the program with a seriously grooving, funky compositional contribution ("Action And Reaction")...".(All About Jazz review of The O’Farrill Brothers’ Sensing Flight Album)

“...saxophonist Livio Almeida appeared to paint his incessant signature as the element of change as he inadvertently sprayed streams of brilliant colors on the canvas to improvise a sonically unblemished montage of melodies on “Face It." (Rob Young, music author and journalist)

Lívio Almeida is a saxophone/woodwinds player and composer/arranger from Brazil. Winner of the first International Saxophone Competition VIctor Assis Brasil in 2015. He got his Bachelor in Classical Saxophone in Brasilia,Brazil; and a second degree at The City College of New York on the BFA program in Jazz Performance. Being a recipient of the Kaye Scholarship and also several other awards from the CCNY's Music Department.
Livio is a regular member of GRAMMY winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill’s sextet and the outstanding Eco-music bigband. He has also played with the phenomenal O'Farrill Brothers band, which released two albuns "Giant Peach" and “Sensing Flight, both on Zoho label. Mr. Almeida appeared in most of the traditional NYC venues such as Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club, The Jazz Gallery, Sweet Rhythm, Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe’s Pub, Zinc Bar, SOB’s, BAM Cafe, The Falcon, Barbes,The Iridium Jazz Club, Symphony Space, and Birdland as well as the New Port Jazz Festival, Los Angeles Central Avenue Jazz Festival, New York winter Jazz fest, CareFusion New York Jazz Festival besides touring around US and abroad. He has shared stage with world class musicians such as Grammy winning ensemble The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Legendary Birdland Bigband, Mike Holober, Adam O’Farril, Zack O’Farrill, grammy winner pianist Arturo O’Farrill, Boris Koslov, Cidinho Teixeira, Helio Alves, Jon Gordon, Nelson Angelo .
Almeida also has a recorded album, “Pieces" as a co-leader, and his new record "Action and Reaction" is to be released soon, under the production of Grammy winner pianist Arturo O'Farrill. He also directs a 10 piece band, only of it’s kind in USA, a “dectet" dedicated to perform large ensemble Brazilian music in the USA, with regular residencies at the traditional Zinc Bar and Iridium Jazz Club.
Besides his frequent high profile appearances in the New York area and playing internationally, Mr. Almeida is considered a very distinct voice on saxophone today, being fluent in both Jazz and Brazilian musical languages . As a teacher, Livio is one of the regular teachers for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Academy of Music.
Livio Almeida:
(646)3559579 - livioalmeida@gmail.com; www.livioalmeidamusic.com