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Gafieira Rio Miami is a project created by  the Latin GRAMMY winner Diogo Brown, a Brazilian bassist and composer who has lived in Miami for the last 15 years. Diogo is one of the most in-demand bass players in the industry, both for recording and touring, and has worked with many renowned artists such as Gloria Estefan, Laura Pausini, Buika, Nouvelle Vague, Julio Iglesias Jr, Tony Succar and many others.


In June 2021 Diogo invited two exceptional musicians to help put together the band: renowned  saxophonist Dr. Pablo Gil, a Latin GRAMMY winner , and trombonist Pedro Carrero, who was

the principal trombonist of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Together they

recruited the very best session musicians in South Florida to put together this Brazilian big


The common goal of all of these phenomenal musicians is to play Brazilian dance music known

as “samba de gafieira”. Hugely popular in early 20th century Rio De Janeiro, the genre has made a comeback with newer generations due to the joyous and irresistible energy of the music.  Gafieira Rio Miami brings this music alive to South Florida audiences with their unique mix of samba, jazz and funk that will get everyone on the dance floor!



Isa Duarte: Vocals

Diogo Brown: Bass

Cassio Coutinho : Keyboards

Ramatis Moraes: Acoustic guitar

Hugo Sandin: Percussion

Ray Moinrog: Drums

Yainer Horta : Alto sax

Amed Torrecilla: Tenor sax

 Joel Martinez : Trombone

Pete Francis: Trumpet 1

Kissis: Trumpet 2



Gene de Souza – Manager 

Gene de Souza has been an active champion of

Brazilian and world music in South Florida for over 20

years. After earning a Bachelor’s in International

Relations from the University of Richmond, Gene came

to Miami and started the award-winning Café Brasil

Radio Show on 88.9 FM WDNA. He has produced

concerts with many international legends like Caetano

Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Manu Chao, Bebo Valdes, Paco de

Lucia, Ivete Sangalo and hundreds more. Other

activities include a weekly music column for Gazeta

Brazilian News, and presentations about Brazilian

music at schools and universities. Gene is on the board

of the Brazilian International Press Awards, Centro

Cultural Brasil-USA and a member of the Latin

GRAMMY Awards – Brazil committee.

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Gafieira Rio Miami 


Preta Egy - Vocal

Diogo Brown - Bass 

Cassio Coutinho - Keyboards

Phill Fest - Guitar

Brian Potts - Percussion

Ray Moinrog - Drums

Horn Section 

Pablo Gil - Tenor sax

Amed Torrecilla - Alto sax

Pedro Carrero - Trombone 

Pete  Francis - Trumpet 

Anthony Perez - Trumpet 

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