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PAULINHA DA COSTA
Born 31st May, 1948, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Brazilian-born Paulinho Da Costa, is a highly talented percussionist and became one of the most in-demand session men in Los Angeles' busy recording studios in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Paulinho started playing his instruments at age seven, eventually accumulating over 200 drums, bells, whistles and other percussion instruments.
photo : Pauliho Da Costa
In recognition of his incredible talent, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented Paulinho with its "Most Valuable Player Award" for three consecutive years and the honorary "Musicians Emeritus Award." His skills have provoked the Los Angeles Times to describe him "a virtuoso on percussion" and Downbeat Magazine to label him "one of the most talented percussionists of our time."

photo : Pauliho Da Costa

INSTRUMENTS
conga drums
tumbadoras
bongos
timbales
pandeiro
surdo
repenique
repique
cajón
claves
American Indian drum
maracas
berimbau
atabaque
cuíca
reco-reco
tamborim
ganzá
chimes
wood percussion
cow bells
agogo bell
african agogo bell
triangles
caxixi
tambora
tantan
bata drums
talking drums
wood blocks
kokiriko
vibra slap
ashiko
shakers
gongs
kettle drum
tarol
guiro
snare drums
chocalho
base drums
shekere
djembe
zabumba
log drums
whistles
samba whistle
guiro
rainmakers
tambourine
cabasa
dumbek
ceramic dumbek
afuché cabasa
cricket
flex-a-tone
clad bells
cymbals
bar chimes
bell trees
african drums
finger cymbals
jaw bone
temple blocks
castanets
spoons
udu
doum doum
bougarabou
kora
keg drum
okanga

photo : Pauliho Da Costa

PROFILE
Born 31st May, 1948, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paulinho Da Costa discovered his love for percussion at the tender age of five by exploring the different sounds of everything he could get his hands on. While still in his early teens, he joined several musical groups, traveling extensively throughout the world. Prior to leaving Brazil, he toured the world with various Brazilian ensembles and even danced with samba groups. Upon arriving in the United States, the multi-versed percussionist has carved a sizable niche in the music community. Contributing his professional outlook and friendly appeal to nearly four hundred fellow artists, his name has appeared on numerous selling records, including works by Quincy Jones, jazz veterans Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and pop superstars Madonna, Sting and Michael Jackson. Perhaps even more outstanding that the multitude and caliber of artists he plays with, is the variety of musical styles he has mastered. A dynamic percussionist, an innovative composer and a qualified producer, Paulinho's musical versatility is also well demonstrated on his four solo albums - 'Agora', 'Happy People', 'Sunrise' and 'Breakdown'. Though his prolific career Paulinho has been involved with some of the decade's best selling projects, including the record breaking 'Thriller', the landmark recording 'We Are The World' and the percussion dominated successes of 'All Night Long' and 'La Isla Bonita'. However, not only has Da Costa made a profound impact within the record industry, his talents are proudly recognized in both film and television. His credits range from the Oscar-nominated motion picture 'The Colour Purple' to box office hits like 'Saturday Night Fever', 'The Wiz', 'Footloose' and 'Coming To America'. Through radio and television the sounds of Paulinho Da Costa come into your home on a daily basis. Whether it be for a car commercial, food commercial or television movies, his music is heard around the world. Even more noted is his composition of the Coca-Cola "Orchestra" commercial, which found it's way to number one on the U.S. and international charts.

photo : Pauliho Da Costa

Performed with
over 400 artists and bands including
Michael Jackson
Quincy Jones
Lionel Richie
Earth, Wind & Fire
The Commodores
Pointer Sisters
George Benson
George Duke
Herbie Hancock
Ella Fitzgerald
The Crusaders
Chuck Mangione
Barbra Streisand
Rod Stewart
Johnny Mathis
Cheryll Ladd
Yellow Jackets
Luther Vandros
Deniece Williams
The Jacksons
Joe Sample
Jean Luc Ponti
Jeffrey Osborne
Aretha Franklin
Earl Klugh
Barry White
The Carpenters
Al Jarreau
Freddie Hubbard
Milt Jackson
Gladys Knight & The Pips
Dizzy Gillespie
Gino Vannelli
Smokey Robinson
Roberta Flack
Bobby Womack
Dolly Parton
Michael Mcdonald
Michael Sembello
Neil Diamond
Patrice Rushen
De Barge
James Ingram
Patti Austin
Cheryl Lynn
Julio Iglesias
Dionne Warwick
Diana Ross
Chaka Khan
Prince
Chicago
Irene Cara
Jennifer Holiday
Peabo Bryson
Christopher Cross
Claus Ogerman
Michael Beecker
Donna Summer
David Sanborne
Stix Hooper
Lee Ritenour
Neil Larsen
B. B. King
The Memphis Horns
Joe Pass
Herb Alpert
Gato Barbieri
Stanley Clarke
Marlena Shaw
Paul Horn
Lalo Schiffrin
Burt Bacarach
Billy Preston
Nancy Wilson
Liza Minelli
Elton John
Sadao Watanabe
Larry Carlton
Shirley Bassey
Rufus
Patti Brooks
Demis Roussos
Rodney Franklin
Paul Kelly
Savannah Band
Norman Connors
Ney Matogrosso
Booker T.
L.T.D.
Tina Marie
Gloria Gaynor
Jeff Lober
Michel Colombie
Gene Page
Curtis Mayfield
Le Maccan
Kenny Loggins
Janet Jackson
Paul Anka
Phillip Bailey
Ramsey Lewis
Seawind
Ahmad Jamal
Bobby Lyle
Larry Graham
Dalilah
Gap Mangione
Rockie Robbins
Allen Toussaint
Phillip Mitchell
Mystic Merlin
Rene & Angela
Greg Philliganes
Johnny Guitar Watson
Henry Mancini
T. Connection
Taste Of Honey
Stanley Turrentine
Patty Weaver
Peaches & Herb
Carole Bayer Sager
The Four Tops
Madonna
Miles Davis
Peaces & Dreams
Belinda Carlisle
Level 42
Bob Seger
Breakfast Club
Amanda
Sarah Vaughan
Melissa Manchester
Andre Crouch
Anita Baker
Trini Lopez
Dianne Reeves
Richard Marx
Jermaine Jackson
Sting
Rita Lee
Stan Getz
Tracy Chapman
Wilson Phillips
Linda Ronstadt
Bonnie Raitt
Paula Abdul
Robbie Nevil
Whitney Houston
Toto
Natalie Cole
Phil Collins
JoÃo Gilberto
David Foster
Andy Taylor
Jose Feliciano
Tania Maria
Imperial
Henry Salvadore
Sergio Mendes
Pia Isadora
Average White Band
The Jets
Brenda Russell
Atlantic Starr
George Howard
Michael Bolton
Kenny G
John Patitucci
Gerald Albright
Jennifer Warnes
Toots Thielemans
Little River Band
John Denver
Temptations
Amy Grant
Charo
Ronnie Laws
Patti Labelle
Gloria Branigan
Frankie Valli
Hiroshima
Djavan
Jose Jose
Living In A Box
Oscar Castro Neves
Jelly Bean Benitez
Cruzados
America
Angela Bonfill
Stephanie Mills
Pat Coil
Roberto Carlos
Bill Medley
Vesta Williams
J. T. Taylor
Cher
Ivan Lins
Babyface
Bill Whithers
Vanessa Williams
Seal
Spinners
Bette Midler
Dori Caymmi
Ricky Martin
Jorge Ben
Willie Nelson
Veronique Riviere
Boys Club
Lenny White
Susan Osborn
Ernestine Anderson
Gap Band
Luis Miguel
Jon Secada
Ann Nesby
Joe Cocker
Rosemary Clooney
Edu Lobo
Josee Koning
Randy Newman
Mark Portman
Eagles
Maria Bethania
Celine Dion
TLC
JoÃo Bosco
Marcus Miller
Dave Koz
Patti Coil
Howard Hewet
Art Porter
Doc Severinsen
Ronald Isley
Keith Washington
Jody Watley
Air Supply
Bill Cunliff
Boney James
Bill Sharpe
Jonathan Butler
Julio Iglesias Jr.
Bob James
Chayanne
Jojo Alves
Walter Becker
Paul Jackson
Mindy Mccready
Bridge
Cachao
Bobby McFerrin
Enrique Iglesias
Karyn White
Nino Buonocore
Joe Satriani
Bob Dylan
Stanley Turrentine
.....and many more

photo : Pauliho Da Costa

FILM CREDITS
About last night
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Against all Odds
Agatha Christie's Caribbean Mystery
Always
American Anthem
Amistad
Arthur
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Backbeat
Best Friends
Blind Date
Boomerang
Can't Buy Me Love
Cannonball Run
Captain Ron
Caveman
Clean Slate
Color Purple
Coming to America
Craft, The
Dance With Me
Day of Reckoning
Days of Thunder
Desperate
Dirty Dancing
Dr. Detroit
Dry White Season
Emperor's New Groove, The
Eraser
Fast Break
Fast Forward
Father of the Bride II
Fine Mess, A
Flashdance
Flubber
FootLoose
Four Weddings and a Funeral
French Kiss
Fun with Dick and Jane
Ghostbusters II
Gods Must be Crazy II
Gorillas in the Mist
Greatest, The
Gremlins
Gremlins II
Grumpy Old Men
Hanging with Mr. Cooper
Heavenly Kid, The
Higher Learning
Home Improvement
Holy Man
Hope Floats
How to Beat the Cost of Living
I'm Gonna Get You Sucka
Jericho Mile
Jungle2Jungle
Just Between Friends-Something in Common
Karate Kid III
Knots Landing
Krippendorf's Tribe
Last Dragon, The
License to Drive
Listen to Your Heart
Long Kiss Goodnight, The
Looking to Get Out
Lost World: Jurassic Park
Made in America
Making Love
Mary Thomas Story
Maximum Risk
Milagro Beanfield War
Mod Squad
Money Pit, The
Moon Over Parador
Moonlighting
Mulan
My Date with the Presidents Daughter
Never Been Kissed
Night Shift
Nothing in Common
Nutty Professor, The
Odd Couple II
Off Beat
Officer and a Gentleman, An
Osterman Weekend, The
Passing Glory
Perez Family, The
Phenomenon
Police Academy II
Police Academy III
Police Academy V
Police Academy 7
Polly
Practical Magic
Purple Rain
Quick and the Dead, The
Record City
Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion
Saturday Night Fever
Scrooged
Seduction, The
Selena
Serial, The
Short Circuit II
Singles
Some Kind of Hero
Soul Man
Spaceballs
Staying Alive
Stick
Stop or My Mom Will Shoot
Stuart Saves His Family
Swing Shift
Tap
Taps
Tequila Sunrise
That Old Feeling
There's Something About Mary
Thomas Crown Affair, The
Three Men and a Baby
Tough Guys
Toy, The
Trading Places
Unexpected Family, An
Waiting to Exhale
What Women Want
White Nights
Whoopee Boys
Why do Fools Fall in Love
Will & Grace
Wiz, The
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
11th Victim, The

A DISCOGRAPHY WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO DO I THINK !

What a career. He really must be the session player of all session players

photo : Pauliho Da Costa

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