Claudio Jorge

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Cláudio Jorge is a renowned composer, arranger, producer, and instrumentalist, mainly associated with samba. As a composer, has has co-written works with Cartola, João Nogueira, Aldir Blanc, Nei Lopes,…
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Cláudio Jorge is a renowned composer, arranger, producer, and instrumentalist, mainly associated with samba. As a composer, has has co-written works with Cartola, João Nogueira, Aldir Blanc, Nei Lopes, Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, Ivan Wrigg, Ivor Lancellotti, Délcio Carvalho, Wilson das Neves, Ivan Lins, and Martinho da Vila. His compositions have been recorded by Emílio Santiago, Elymar Santos, Ângela Maria, Elson do Forrogóde, Roberto Ribeiro, Zezé Mota, Jorge Aragão, Martinho da Vila, Joel Nascimento, Sivuca, Luís Carlos da Vila, Mart'náli Arranco, Alcione, and others. A requested session musician and arranger, he created a distinctive style as a violonista (acoustic guitarist). In this capacity he has worked with Sivuca, Martinho da Vila, Simone, Renato Russo, Ney Matogrosso, Johnny Alf, Leny Andrade, Agepê, Elba Ramalho, Neguinho da Beija Flor, Alcione, Nelson Gonçalves, Leila Pinheiro, Fátima Guedes, João Donato, Leci Brandão, Negritude Jr., Carlos Lyra, Beth Carvalho, Ivan Lins, Gabriel o Pensador, Miúcha, Katinguelê, Jamelão, Zé Renato, Elza Soares, Fundo de Quintal, and Malícia; he has also participated in the recordings of the samba school of the first division. He has recorded abroad, participating in albums by Sebastião Tapajós (Germany), Dionne Warwick (U.S.A.), Sérgio Mendes (U.S.A., Grammy in 1992), Lisa Ono, Carlos Lyra, and Sandii (Japan). As a producer, he has worked with Roberto Ribeiro, Luís Carlos da Vila (Candeia), Nei Lopes (Sincopando o Breque), and Arlindo Cruz e Sombrinha. Jorge was one of the founders and members of the band Batacotô, and is a member of the ala dos compositores (composers' section) of the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school. He started to work as a violonista around 20 for such composers as Ismael Silva and Cartola. He later performed and recorded with Nelson Cavaquinho and Clementina de Jesus, among others. His first solo album as lead vocalist/composer was released in the '80s.