Drummer and Rio de Janeiro native Vanderlei Pereira is one of the most sought-after musicians on the contemporary Brazilian jazz scene. Combining a prodigious knowledge of Brazilian rhythms with dazzling technique and a distinctive touch, Vanderlei has captivated audiences around the world with his unique and electrifying performances.
Based in New York City, Vanderlei leads the dynamic Brazilian jazz sextet Blindfold Test, whose repertoire includes his original compositions as well as the works of some of Brasil’s greatest contemporary composers. Vanderlei has also appeared in with numerous outstanding artists and ensembles in many musical genres, including Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Leny Andrade, Emilio Santiago, Rosa Passos, Tito Puente, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, Bebel Gilberto, Sivuca, Antonio Adolfo and Rio de Janeiro’s Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, among many others.
A respected educator, Vanderlei’s knowledge of harmony and theory has enabled him to teach Brazilian music to all musicians, regardless of their primary instrument. He is an adjunct faculty member at the City College of New York (CUNY) and the New School, and has taught master classes at several universities and music conservatories.