Adriano Santos was born in São Paulo, Brasil in 1966. Part of a new generation of Brazilian drummers, he began his drum studies at the age of twelve at ZimboTrio Music School ( CLAM) in his hometown. In 1988 he moved to Boston to studyat Berklee College of Music where he acquired his B.A. in Film Scoring.Moving to New York in 1995, Adriano started his Masters Degree at City College ofNew York where he had the chance to enjoy ensemble lessons with the great jazzlegend Ron Carter. As a professional he has performed with top internationalartists such as Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Leny Andrade, Luciana Souza, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves, Claudio Roditi, Nelson Faria, Leo Gandelman, Paulo Moura, Jovino Santos Neto, Ray Vega, David Binney, John Pizzarelli, Slide Hampton, Harry Allen, Bill Charlap,Cliff Korman, Santi Debriano, Hendrik Meurkens, Dave Pietro, Vana Gierig,Eileen Ivers, Paul Winter and the Boston Pops, to name a few.
Adriano is currently performing with the Vinicius Cantuaria Group, Hendrik MeurkensSamba Jazz Quintet and the Afro- Brazilian band Hãhãhães. He has alsorecorded "Pretty World", a project produced and arranged by the great Eumir Deodatowith Japanese sensation Lisa Ono.
Mr. Santos has produced publications in specialized drum magazines and hasreleased a new book through Drummers Collective NYC (where he is part of thefaculty) called, "Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian Rhythms for Drum set".