JOEL XAVIER | BIO
*1ST PRIZE OF THE "NAMM-SHOW GUITAR CONTEST" IN LOS ANGELES (with only 19 years old, in a total of 70 players). THIS AWARD MADE XAVIER BE CONSIDERED AS 1 OF THE 5 BEST GUITAR PLAYERS OF THE YEAR IN USA.
*At 23, is selected as one of the BEST LATIN GUITAR PLAYERS IN THE WORLD along with Larry Coryell, Bireli Lagrene, Tomatito, Luis Salinas and Rene Toledo to record "Palabra de Guitarra Latina" for the BMG-Spain.
*"BEST PORTUGUESE GUITAR PLAYER ON 2006" by "Central Radio Station".
PERFORMED & RECORDED
RON CARTER, TOOTS THIELEMANS, LARRY CORYELL, RANDY BRECKER, MICHEL CAMILO, ARTURO SANDOVAL, PAQUITO D'RIVERA ,STANLEY JORDAN, RICHARD GALLIANO, BIRELI LAGRENE, JOEY DEFRANCESCO, TOMATITO, DIDIER LOCKWOOD, LUIS SALINAS...
USA, CUBA, BRASIL, UK, FRANCE, ITALY, NETHERLAND, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, CZECH REPUBLIC, MAROCOS, CAP VERT
JAZZ / GUITAR / WORLD FESTIVALES
HAVANA JAZZ FESTIVAL "JAZZ PLAZA",CUBA
LE MANS JAZZ FESTIVAL "JAZZ DE MARS",FRANCE
RIO DE JANEIRO JAZZ FESTIVAL "CHIVAS",BRASIL
SÃO PAULO JAZZ FESTIVAL "CHIVAS",BRASIL
WALES JAZZ FESTIVAL "BRECON JAZZ",U.K.
USTI NAD LABEM JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL,CZECH REPUBLIC
ALMERIA JAZZ FESTIVAL,SPAIN
RABAT JAZZ FESTIVAL "OUDAYAS",MAROCOS
VIANA DO CASTELO JAZZ FESTIVAL,PORTUGAL
MÜNSTER JAZZ & WORLD FESTIVAL "MÜNSTERLANDFESTIVAL",GERMANY
VIANA DO CASTELO BLUES FESTIVAL,PORTUGAL
BARCELONA GUITAR FESTIVAL,SPAIN
PRAGUE GUITAR FESTIVAL,CZECH REPUBLIC
GUITAR MEETING IN LISBON,PORTUGAL
SAL ISLAND GUITAR FESTIVAL,CAP VERT
MURCIA WORLD FESTIVAL "MUSICAS DEL ALMA",SPAIN
MUSIC WORLD'S DAY FESTIVAL IN MADRID,SPAIN
SAL ISLAND WORLD FESTIVAL "FESTIVAL DA PRAIA",CAP VERT
SANTA MARIA ISLAND WORLD FESTIVAL "MARÉ DE AGOSTO",PORTUGAL
"18" Lisboa (BMG-PORTUGAL 1991)
"Sr. Fado" Lisboa (BMG-PORTUGAL 1996)
"Palabra de guitarra latina" Featuring: Larry Coryell, Tomatito, Bireli Lagrene, Luís Salinas, Rene Toledo Palma de Maiorca (BMG-SPAIN 1997)
"Latin Groove" Featuring: Michel Camilo, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D`Rivera, Larry Coryell Miami/Nova York (JXP 1999)
"Lusitano" Featuring: Richard Galliano Lisboa (ZM 2001)
"Lisboa" Featuring: Toots Thielemans Lisboa/Holanda (ZM 2003)
"Joel Xavier & Ron Carter - in New York" Featuring: Ron Carter Nova York (JXP 2004)
"Saravá" CD & DVD Live in Lisbon (JXP 2008)
Lisbon April 25, 1974!
At 15, starts studying guitar as a self-taught.
At 16, signs a contract with BMG for 2 albums.
At 17, records his first album "18". At 19, wins the "NAMM-SHOW" guitar contest in Los Angeles on a total of 70 players and is considered by the American critic as one of the 5 best guitar players of the year in the USA.
At 22, records his second album "Sr. Fado".
At 23, is selected as one of the best latin guitar players of the World along with Larry Coryell, Bireli Lagrene, Tomatito, Luis Salinas and Rene Toledo to record "Palabra de Guitarra Latina" for the BMG-Spain. Performs on the "1º LATIN MIDEM" in Miami and tours with the same players of the album all over the best auditorium and bullrings of Spain like the "Palau de la Musica" in Barcelona or the bullring of Palma de Maiorca.
At 25, records "Latin Groove" in the Arturo Sandoval private studio in Miami with Paquito D`Rivera, Michel Camilo, Larry Coryell, and Arturo Sandoval as their special guests. The cd is presented live at the "Maria Matos Theatre" in Lisbon, is recorded by the official portuguese television - "RTP" and is transmited several times by the RTP1, RTP2, RTP International and RTP África channels.
On this Year, Xavier receives the endorsement of one of the most prestigious guitars mark- GIBSON.
He is invited by Chucho Valdés to perform at Habana International Jazz Festival the "Jazz Plaza 2000" along with Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Chucho Valdés, Dave Valentin, Danilo Perez, Ronnie Mathews, Kenny Barron, Chano Dominguez, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent and Jane Bunnet.
At 26, performs at the "Barcelona Guitar Festival" along with Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Tomatito, John Williams and Ichiro Suzuki.
On April 2001, invites Bireli Lagrene and Juan Manuel Cañizares for the "I Guitar Meeting in Lisbon".
At 27, records "Lusitano" with Richard Galliano as his special guest and begins a new stage on his musical career. Inspired and influencied by the "New Tango" of Astor Piazzola and by the "New Musette" of Richard Galliano , Xavier criates a new musical language between the Portuguese traditional music the "Fado" and "Jazz". On April 2002, presents "Lusitano" live in Lisbon with Richard Galliano.
On August 2002, performs with Joey DeFrancesco at the "Viana do Castelo Jazz Festival".
On 2003 records "Lisboa" continuing the project begined on "Lusitano" with Toots Thielemans and Carlos do Carmo as their special guests.
In the beginning of 2003, Xavier is invited to enter to the Richard Galliano acoustic trio along with Jean Phillipe Viret (Stephane Grappelli`s bass player) and performs on some of the most inportante Jazz festivals in Europe.
On 2004, is invited by the "Camões Institute", to be the representante of Portugal at the international jazz festival of the European Comunity - "Oudayas Jazz Festival" in Rabat, Maroccos.
On August 2004, performs with Didier Lockwood in Mafra, Portugal.
At 30, records a duo CD with Ron Carter in New York - "Joel Xavier & Ron Carter, in New York". Recorded on September 24, 2004, in one of the mythic studios of Manhattan, this CD registes the meeting between Joel Xavier and the legend of Jazz, considered as the best jazz doublebass player of all time - Ron Carter. On August 2005, the cd is presented live at the "Palace of Mafra", is recorded by the official portuguese television - "RTP" and is transmited several times by the RTP1, RTP2, RTP International, RTP África and the french MEZZO channels.
On 2006, received the award "The Best Guitar Player of The Year" from the Central FM.
On July 28th and 29th 2007, performed on a Duo with Ron Carter at the "Viana Jazz Festival 2007" and at the "Casino of Figueira da Foz".
On December 2007, records "SARAVÁ" (CD & DVD), live at the "São Luiz Theatre" in Lisbon.
"SARAVÁ" is a Lusofonie World music cd with rhytmns from Brasil and África like samba, culadera, bossa-nova, baião, maracatu and semba.
After a long Tour in Portugal and in the World presenting "Saravá", on May 2009 Joel Xavier performs at the Lisbon Cultural Centre with the special guest "Randy Brecker".
On July 2010, is invited to perform on a Duo with Stanley Jordan at the "Viana do Castelo Jazz Festival".
1991-2011 "BACK TO THE BLUES 20'YEARS AFTER"
On his 20 Years Career (1991-2011), Joel Xavier back to The Blues with a Power Trio like when he started on 1991 when he signed his 1º contract with Polygram.
"Everyday i have the blues", "Hoochie coochie man, "The thrill is gone", "Just a gigolo", "Mustang sally", "Sweet home Chicago", "HIt the Road Jack" and "Let the good time roll", are some of the blues classics perfromed by Joel Xavier on this project.
On 2013, Joel Xavier returns to his Lusofonie style (rhythms like culadera and funana from Cape Vert, samba, maracatu and baião from Brasil and semba from Angola) with a new Tour called "Alegria!".
He will be performing around the World with his power trio, playing songs from "Saravá!" cd as well as presenting new compositions.
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