Gerson GalanteSão Paulo, BR
Gerson Galante is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and band leader from São Paulo, Brazil. He began his musical studies when he was 6, and was playing professionally by age 11. After receiving his formal musical training at the Escola Municipal de Música, he went on to perform with some of the most famous musicians in Brazil, including Ivan Lins, Wilson Simonal, Raul Seixas, Sá e Guarabyra, Cauby Peixoto and Pery Ribeiro. Gerson has played with The Duke Ellington All Stars Big Band in the USA, as well as with a number of high-profile big bands in Brazil, including Banda Savana, Comboio Jazz, Banda Cacique, Banda Urbana, Banda Jazzco, and the Zérró Santos Big Band Project. He is currently the lead alto player and resident arranger with Speakin’ Jazz Big Band. Gerson’s CD credits include his solo CD, 501 (1993), featuring guest artist Ivan Lins, as well as BemDito (1996) and Tributo a Pixinguinha (1997) with Itacir Bocato, Banda Brazuca (2001) with João Cristal, Novo Brasileiro (2006) with Bandazul, Maybe September (2001) and Uncle Charles (2007) with Soundscape Big Band, Na Base do Improviso (2015) with Amilson Godoy, and Jazz Sinfônica 25 Anos (2015) with Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. He has just recorded a new disc with Band Urbana, featuring the music of Rafael Piccolotto, which has yet to be released.
Gerson has played in the São Paulo-Montreaux Jazz Festival, various Broadway musicals in Brazil, and has toured extensively with ensembles throughout Brazil, Argentina, Uraguay, Venuzuela, Italy, Canada and The United States. He is a current member of Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica and Orquestra Arte Viva in São Paulo, and his arrangements have been performed by Jazz Sinfônica, Speakin’ Jazz Big Band, Caldwell University Jazz Band and the Nutley High School Jazz Lab. During his recent travels to New Jersey, Gerson recorded an episode of “No Cover” on Montclair TV 34 and played at Hat City Kitchen, Crossroads, Caldwell University and Rockin’ Joe’s Café, as well as Kitano and Via Brasil in New York City. Gerson is currently working on custom arrangements for Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ, The Nutley High School Jazz Ensemble, and Big Beat Jazz Band (NYC). He has recently put together a new ensemble with New York-based American composer Melanie Mitrano, InterXchange Band, comprised of fellow composers and arrangers in São Paulo, to promote musical exchanges with comparable bands in the USA.
Brazilian saxophonist and arranger Gerson Galante makes a guest solo appearance with the Caldwell University Jazz Band, playing his arrangement of “Bananeira” (Joāo Donato / Gerson Galante, arr). November 18, 2015 at Caldwell University, NJ.
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O Pato (The Duck): Composed by João Gilberto; Arranged by Gerson Galante. Commissioned by the 2016 Nutley High School Jazz Lab Ensemble, Nutley, NJ.