Lívio Almeida is a saxophone player and composer from Brazil, winner of the International Saxophone Competition Victor Assis Brasil in 2015. Livio is a regular member of GRAMMY winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill’s sextet, appearing on O’Farrill’s latest sextet release, Boss Level, on Zoho music. He’s also the 1st tenor chair at the outstanding Eco-music bigband, appearing on their first release Colors of Resistance. He has also played with the O’Farrill Brothers band, which released two albuns Giant Peach and Sensing Flight, both on Zoho Music.
Mr. Almeida appeared in many important Jazz festivals such as Newport Jazz Festival, Los Angeles Central Ave Jazz Fest, NYC winter Fest and NYC Carefusion Jazz Fest, and prominent venues like Birdland, The Iridium, Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club, The Jazz Gallery, Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe’s Pub, Zinc Bar, SOB’s, BAM Cafe and Symphony Space, besides touring around US. and abroad. He has shared stage with world class musicians such as Grammy winning ensemble The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Birdland Bigband, Mike Holober, Adam O’Farril, Zack O’Farrill, Arturo O’Farrill, Boris Koslov, Ari Hoenig, Cidinho Teixeira, Helio Alves, Jon Gordon, Nelson Angelo and more.
His release “Action and Reaction” is receiving great accolades from the specialized media.
“He… is a jazz saxophonist and composer with a unique vantage point., fully respecting American and Brazilian music and being conversant in both. His technical skills, musicianship, and instrumental prowess place him among the top contenders of his craft.” – Arturo O’Farrill, Grammy winner pianist/band leader
“…but it’s saxophonist Livio Almeida who proves to be the most impressive non-O’Farrill on the date. He matches Adam O’Farrill, mood-for-mood and stride-for-stride, and adds some contrast to the program with a seriously grooving, funky compositional contribution (“Action And Reaction”)…” – All About Jazz review of The O’Farrill Brothers’ Sensing Flight Album
“…saxophonist Livio Almeida appeared to paint his incessant signature as the element of change as he inadvertently sprayed streams of brilliant colors on the canvas to improvise a sonically unblemished montage of melodies on “Face It.” – Rob Young, music author and journalist
“Top of the line musicality and terrific compositions, Lívio Almeida has that surge of brilliance that makes him make you want to stand up and shout Bravo!“ – Grady Harp, review of Action and reaction