Brazilian musician and composer Paulo Moura passed away on July 12 due to lymphoma. He was 77.
Moura performed numerous styles of Brazilian folk and popular music principally on clarinet and saxophone. One of his greatest accomplishments was helping popularize bossa nova in the ’50s and ’60s. He performed with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sergio Mendes at a seminal performance at Carnegie Hall in 1962 and later played alongside Cannonball Adderley on the jazz saxophonist’s album Cannonball’s Bossa Nova.
Moura was widely recognized for his expert musicianship throughout his career. From the ’50s to the ’70s he was a clarinetist in the orchestra of the Municipal Theater in Rio, When leading American artists like Ella Fitzgerald or Nat “King” Cole toured through Brazil, he frequently joined the accompanying groups. He was the 1992 soloist prizewinner at the Mozart Festival in Moscow. In 2000 he received the Latin Grammy for his album Pixinguinha.