Adriano Santos is at the epicenter of New York’s contemporary Brazilian drummers. Growing up in São Paulo and studying at the acclaimed Zimbo Trio Music School since age twelve, he moved to Boston in 1988 and earned a degree in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. In 1995 he relocated to New York City to pursue a master’s degree at City College and has never turned back. As a professional he has performed with top international artists such as Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Leny Andrade, Maucha Adnet, Filó Machado, Romero Lubambo, Paulo Moura, Eumir Deodato, Claudio Roditi, Jovino Santos Neto, Toninho Horta, Gato Barbieri, David Binney, Bill Charlap, John Pizzarelli, Slide Hampton, Harry Allen, Vic Juries, Vana Gierig, Eileen Ivers, Paul Winter and the Boston Pops, to name a few. He is currently performing with Gato Barbieri Group, the Vinicius Cantuária Band, Hendrik Meurkens New York Samba Jazz Quartet and Matt Geraghty Project.
Adriano’s playing style is typified by a natural clarity, swing and deep-seated groove in the tradition of Airto Moreira and Milton Banana. In addition to his extensive experience as a sideman, he has also shared his knowledge about Brazilian music teaching at Columbia University, New York University and for the past fifteen years at the renowned Drummers Collective Music School in NYC.
His 2010 debut album “IN SESSION”, his first as a band leader, has received outstanding reviews by the press and a nomination in three different categories for the Latin Jazz Corner Best of 2010 Awards; Best Brazilian Jazz Album, Next Generation Artist and Best Drum Kit Player. Adriano is an artist endorsed by Vic Firth sticks, Remo drum heads and Istanbul Agop cymbals.