A noted instrumentalist who had his name associated with jazz and bossa nova since the '50s and '60s onward, Juarez Araújo was the soloist of the Brazilian Jazz Sexteto and of his group Juarez e Seu Conjunto, with which he played in Europe and the Orient. Starting in music as a band saxophonist and clarinetist, Araújo honed his skills in the Army. After his service, he became a professional in the orchestra of Rádio Poti (Natal, Rio Grande do Norte), where he worked until the early '50s. In 1954, Araújo moved to São Paulo, playing in Clóvis Elly's orchestra and in several radio stations. In 1956, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, joining the Osvaldo Borba orchestra. In the early '60s, Araújo opened the III Festival Sul-Americano de Jazz (South-American Jazz Festival, Punta del Este, Uruguay), participating in the fourth edition of the Festival Internacional de Jazz Latino-Americano (Latin American Jazz Festival, Mar del Plata, Argentina) in 1963. In the same period, he had his first LP released, Juarez/Sua Excelência O Sax. A most-requested instrumentalist, Araújo regularly accompanied Roberto Carlos in his live performances and recordings.
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