Born in São Paulo on September 25, 1952, the music always occupied space in Zé Eduardo Nazario’s routine, the piano was his first instrument. By 1962, through the cousin Luiz Manini, he heard bossa nova and jazz, and had the first drums and percussion notions. At age of 12 won from his parents the first drum, and a few months of study, set up the Xango 3, which appeared on TV shows and shows in conservatories, colleges and theaters.
At the same time (1966), and became friend of Edison Machado, he began to travel regularly to Rio de Janeiro, where he met and played with great musicians. Late in the 60s he worked in Tenorio Jr. pianist group at the nightclub Totem in Sao Paulo, barn of great instrumentalists, where he met the percussionist Guilherme Franco, forming with him the Experimental de Percussão de São Paulo. Even in 1970 recording with Gato Barbieri the soundtrack of the movie Minha Namorada, Zelito of Viana, who received an award from the Museum da Imagem e do Som da Guanabara. In 1972 he participated in the group Mandala alongside Roberto Sion, Nelson Ayres and Luiz Roberto de Oliveira, who had returned from Berklee in the United States. The following year, Zé received an invitation to work in Minneapolis (USA), but gave up to join Hermeto Pascoal group. In this band he created what is known as “barraca de percussão”, which consisted of a tent similar to those used in street markets, where percussion instruments were placed in order to be played as a single instrument. During this phase with Hermeto, Zé form the group Malika in 1974 with his brother, pianist Lelo Nazario, and the saxophonist Hector Costita. Participates with Hermeto in TV Globo Festival de Abertura in 1975 with the song “Porco na Festa”, which introduction was written especially for his performance in the tent and orchestra. With this interpretation, Hermeto won the award for Best Arrangement. During this period, also participated in the legendary and censored Taiguara disc, “Ymira Tayra Ypi Taiguara”, which brought together an extraordinary team of musicians.
After the Festival, Lelo Nazario and bassist Zeca Assumpção also became part of Hermeto group, forming what became known as the “Cozinha Paulista” group basis which remained until early 1977 when was started a new job, as a result of these three musicians, presenting a unique repertoire of composition and creation, exploring different sound timbres, electroacoustic music, Brazilian rhythms and other free treatment, together with a contemporary musical structure. The premiere of this new group took place at Parque Morumbi (SP) in March 1977 and was called “Concerto para Ian,” in honor of Zé’s son, also started Grupo Um. In the same year Egberto Gismonti has scheduled her first major tour in Brazil. After know that Joe had left Hermeto’s group, he invited him to join the Academia de Danças, which also participate Marlui Miranda, Mauro Senise and Zeca Assumpção. In the middle of the tour record the album “Olho d’Água” by Marlui. Then came the recording of “Nó Caipira” of Gismonti, the Festival de Jazz in São Paulo in 1978, and in May 1979 to tour with John McLaughlin, called Tropical Jazz Rock which ended in Buenos Aires (Argentina). In September the Group Um Launches “Marcha sobre a cidade”, which marked not only a new starting point in his career but opened doors for an intense instrumental music movement in Brazil (the first independent production of instrumental music in the country). The Grupo Um also launched “Reflexões sobre a Crise do desejo” (1981) and “A Flor de Plástico Incinerada” (1982). That same year, Zé Eduardo Nazario released his first solo album, “Poema da Gota Serena”.
Zé had gathered much information from the area of drums and percussion, from the beginning of his career so far, and was searched by numerous people interested in entering this universe. There was a shortage of didactic information. In the absence of appropriate material, develops teaching methods, which now apply in students who sought him. From 1980 to 1983 were carried out various percussion courses and creative music in theaters Lira Paulistana and Teatro Brasileiro de Comédia, and from the next year focused its activities on private lessons. In 1989 he organized the Duo Nazario with Lelo, participating in XIII Semana Guiomar Novaes in São João da Boa Vista, with the Banda Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. The Duo also participated in events such as the X Bienal de Musica Brasileira Contemporanea no Rio de Janeiro in 1993.
In 1991 Rodolfo Stroeter invites Ze Eduardo to replace Nene and perform concerts with the group Pau Brazil, alongside Lelo, who has participated in the group, and Paulo Bellinati (replaced by Marlui Miranda in 1992), and Teco Cardoso. In 1993, at the end of a tour of Europe, Pau Brazil recorded the CD “Babel”, only released three years later, receiving the Sharp Award 1996 as “Best Instrumental Group”, and have been released in the US market in 1997 it was nominated for a Grammy in the category “Best Jazz Performance.” His last concert with Pau Brazil was in 25th. International Jazz Conference in New York in 1998. Another remarkable experience was his participation in Campos do Jordao Winter Festival 1994, at the presentation of the play “Histórias do Danúbio de Joe Zawinul, with the Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica of São Paulo. In 1997 he received the Indian government on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of India, an honor in bronze plate form, “in recognition of his talent and contribution in promoting Indian music in Brazil.” For many years Joe had been working with the Indian singer Meeta Ravindra, having held numerous events for the Indian community in São Paulo.
Since 1998, Zé has emphasized his solo career parallel to the activities as a teacher. That same year he forms a set especially for a presentation at the Zildjian Day Brazil. This trio with Lelo and Felipe Avila and then baptized as Percussônica, followed career and were released two live CDs, “Percussônica” and “Hoje.” In 1999 he produced the ZEN CD, a compilation of unreleased material and best moments of his career. He has participated in numerous recordings, including with the composer Cid Campos, guitarist Felipe Avila, the French composer Philippe Kadosch and the North American guitarist John Stein. In December 2005 Zé Eduardo Nazario received from the Federal University of Bahia, the recognition of “Notório Saber” title awarded considering its vast and rich professional career as a musician. During the years 2006 and 2007, has held numerous performances with his quartet, as well as participate in the jazz quintet of pianist Marta Karassawa and German bassist Frank Herzberg Trio, and also of the vibraphonist André Juarez group, with whom he recorded the CD “Canja”.
In November 2007 he traveled to the United States to record the CD “Encounterpoint” with the North American guitarist John Stein. Attended the launch of the show cd “Green Street,” said musician at Scullers Jazz Club and served with Brazilian pianist Alfredo Cardim at Ryles Jazz Club, and also held clinics at Berklee College of Music and Brimmer and May School.
Due to the success of the album “Encounterpoint” which was among the “Top 20″ most played in jazz settings of North American radio for several months and was also chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of jazz of the year 2008 by the newspaper ” Tribuna da Imprensa “of Rio de Janeiro, as well as extensive material written by leading jazz critics in activity, Ze Eduardo was again invited to Boston in June 2009 to record a new job with John Stein. Visited the famous factory Zildjian cymbals in Norwell, MA., Where he was received by Vice President Debbie Zildjian, and participated in a documentary and interview for TV Fox Boston, in the “Zip Trips” program, focusing on the history of this legendary factory , one of the oldest in the United States, linked to the tradition of “family business”.
Currently Zé Eduardo Nazario divides his time between private lessons, workshops, concerts, recordings and creative projects.