10 Facts About Airto Moreira


Airto Guimorvan Moreira was born on August 5,1941 and is a Brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist.


Airto Moreira is married to jazz singer Flora Purim, and their daughter Diana Moreira is a singer.


Airto Moreira was born in Itaiopolis, Brazil, into a family of folk healers, and raised in Curitiba and Sao Paulo.


Airto Moreira then moved to New York where he began playing regularly with jazz musicians, including the bassist Walter Booker.


Airto Moreira was to participate in several of the most important projects of this emerging musical form.


Shortly after leaving Davis, Airto Moreira joined other Davis alumni Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous in their group Weather Report, playing percussion on their first album.


Airto Moreira left Weather Report to join fellow Davis alumnus Chick Corea's new band Return to Forever.

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Airto Moreira played drums on Return to Forever's first two albums: Return to Forever and Light as a Feather in 1972.


Airto Moreira can be heard playing congas on Eumir Deodato's 1970s space-funk hit "Also sprach Zarathustra" on the album Prelude.


Airto Moreira has played with many of the greatest names in jazz including Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Al Di Meola, Zakir Hussain, George Duke and Mickey Hart.