Paulo Almeida is a Brazilian drummer, percussionist and composer. An important reference in instrumental music in Brazil, he has already released four albums and gained recognition for the authentic way he plays folk rhythms on drums and for his creative path.

At the age of nine he began his musical studies in the interior of São Paulo and later, a long education at the Conservatory of Tatuí / SP, where he studied the techniques of classical and popular music and also participated in several festivals as a student. At the age of fourteen, he was already working professionally in symphonic orchestras and small groups.

As an instrumentalist, he has performed at important festivals and jazz clubs such as Brazil Instrumental (Brazil), Savassi Jazz Festival (Brazil), Jazz Ahead 2019 (Germany), Jazz a La Calle (Uruguay), Off Beat Jazz Festival Basel(Switzerland), Porgy & Bess Jazz Club (Austria), Bimhuis (Amsterdam).

He has also shared stages with renowned artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Guillermo Klein, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Jorge Rossy, Anat Cohen, Ralph Alessi, Filó Machado, Tony Lakatos, Heraldo do Monte and Leny Andrade.

Almeida has participated in the renowned Focus Year Band program led by Wolfgang Muthspiel in Basel and with this experience he has had the chance of sharing stages and studying with musicians such as Lionel Loueke, Miguel Zenon, Jeff Ballard, Kendrick Scott, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Stefon Harris, Django Bates and Malcolm Braff.

As drummer he connects with his playing of music a way of melodic creation through grooves, timbres and also his strong rhythmic influence, awakening a path for improvisation.

His compositions draw attention to the deep melodies and different rhythmic structures with modulations and polyrhythms.

Currently, Paulo works as a substitute professor at the renowned Jazz Campus University in Basel Switzerland.

Solo discography:

Constataçōes (2013)

Special Guests: Vinicius Dorin, Vanessa Moreno, Fabio Leal, JP and Marcos Moraes


Corpo e Alma (2017) Special guests: Hermeto Pascoal, Arismar do Espirito Santo

and André Marques.


Parceria (2017)

Blaxtream Label Special guests: Gabriel Grossi and Sergio Coelho

Paulo Almeida UNITY 2020 – Live At the Birds Eye Jazz Club Basel – Switzerland Discography with other artists