Paulinho Da Costa
May 31, 1948
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Paulinho Da Costa...
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paulinho DaCosta discovered his love for percussion at the tender age of five by exploring the different sounds of everything he could get his hands on. While still in his early teens, he joined several musical groups, traveling extensively throughout the world. Upon arriving in the United States, the multi-versed percussionist has carved a sizable niche in the music community.

Contributing his professional outlook and friendly appeal to nearly four hundred fellow artists, his name has appeared on numerous top-selling records, including works by Quincy Jones, jazz veterans Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and pop superstars Madonna, Sting and Michael Jackson. Perhaps even more outstanding than the multitude and caliber of artists he plays with, is the variety of musical styles he has mastered.

A dynamic percussionist, an innovative composer and a qualified producer, Paulinho's musical versatility is also well demonstrated on his four solo albums - AGORA, HAPPY PEOPLE, SUNRISE and BREAKDOWN.

Through his prolific career Paulinho has been involved with some of the decade's best selling projects, including the record breaking Thriller, the landmark recording We Are The World and the percussion dominated successes of All Night Long and La Isla Bonita.

However, not only has DaCosta made a profound impact within the record industry, his talents are proudly recognized in both film and television. His credits range from the Oscar-nominated motion picture The Color Purple to box office hits like Saturday Night Fever, The Wiz, Footloose and Coming To America.

Through radio and television the sounds of Paulinho DaCosta come into your home on a daily basis. Whether it be for a car commercial, food commercial or television movies, his music is heard around the world. Even more noted is his composition of the Coca-Cola "Orchestra" commercial which found it's way to number one on the U.S. and international charts.

In recognition of his incredible talent, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented Paulinho with its "Most Valuable Player Award" for three consecutive years and the honorary "Musicians Emeritus Award." His skills have provoked the Los Angeles Times to describe him "a virtuoso on percussion" and Downbeat Magazine to label him "one of the most talented percussionists of our time."

from the Eric Clapton Tour 2001

with Lee Ritenour

from the Eric Clapton Tour 2001

Los Angeles:
Ricky Lawson - Alvivo Bennett - Paulinho Da Costa - Lou Molino

© Martin Cohen

performed with:

Michael Jackson
Quincy Jones
Lionel Richie
Earth, Wind & Fire
The Rolling Stones
The Commodores
Pointer Sisters
George Benson
George Duke
Herbie Hancock
Ella Fitzgerald
The Crusaders
Chuck Mangione
Barbra Streisand
Rod Stewart
Johnny Mathis
Cheryll Ladd
Yellow Jackets
Luther Vandros
Deniece Williams
The Jacksons
Joe Sample
Jean Luc Ponti
Jeffrey Osborne
Aretha Franklin
Earl Klugh
Barry White
The Carpenters
Al Jarreau
Freddie Hubbard
Milt Jackson
Gladys Knight & The Pips
Dizzy Gillespie
Gino Vannelli
Smokey Robinson
Roberta Flack
Bobby Womack
Dolly Parton
Michael Mcdonald
Michael Sembello
Neil Diamond
Patrice Rushen
De Barge
James Ingram
Patti Austin
Cheryl Lynn
Julio Iglesias
Dionne Warwick
Diana Ross
Chaka Khan
Irene Cara
Jennifer Holiday
Peabo Bryson
Christopher Cross
Claus Ogerman
Michael Beecker
Donna Summer
David Sanborne
Stix Hooper
Lee Ritenour
Neil Larsen
B. B. King
The Memphis Horns
Joe Pass
Herb Alpert
Gato Barbieri
Stanley Clarke
Marlena Shaw
Paul Horn
Lalo Schiffrin
Burt Bacarach
Billy Preston
Nancy Wilson
Liza Minelli
Elton John
Sadao Watanabe
Larry Carlton
Shirley Bassey
Patti Brooks
Demis Roussos
Rodney Franklin
Paul Kelly
Savannah Band
Norman Connors
Ney Matogrosso
Booker T.
Tina Marie
Gloria Gaynor
Jeff Lober
Michel Colombie
Gene Page
Curtis Mayfield
Le Maccan
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Janet Jackson
Paul Anka
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Ramsey Lewis
Ahmad Jamal
Bobby Lyle
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Rockie Robbins
Allen Toussaint
Phillip Mitchell
Mystic Merlin
Rene & Angela
Greg Philliganes
Johnny Guitar Watson
Henry Mancini
T. Connection
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Patty Weaver
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Carole Bayer Sager
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Miles Davis
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Belinda Carlisle
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Jennifer Warnes
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Jose Jose
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Mark Portman
Maria Bethania               
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Julio Iglesias Jr.
Bob James
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Walter Becker
Paul Jackson
Mindy Mccready
Bobby McFerrin
Enrique Iglesias
Karyn White
Nino Buonocore
Joe Satriani
Bob Dylan
Stanley Turrentine

...and many more