Adriano Santos


Adriano Santos was born in São Paulo, Brasil in 1966. Part of a new generation of Brazilian drummers, he begun his drum studies at the age of twelve at Zimbo Trio Music School ( CLAM) in his hometown. In 1988 he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music where he acquired his B.A. in Film Scoring. Moving to New York in 1995, Adriano started his Masters Degree at City College of New York where he had the chance to enjoy ensemble lessons with the great jazz legend Ron Carter. As a professional he has performed with top international artists such as Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Leny Andrade, Luciana Souza, Vinicius Cantuaria, Romero Lubambo, Nelson Faria, Leo Gandelman, Paulo Moura, Eumir Deodato, John Pizzarelli, Slide Hampton, Harry Allen, Cliff Korman, Santi Debriano, Hendrik Meurkens, Dave Pietro, Vana Gierig, Eileen Ivers, Paul Winter and the Boston Pops, to name a few. Adriano is currently performing with the Vinicius Cantuaria Group, Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quintet and the Afro-Brazilian band Hanhanhaes. He has also recorded “Pretty World”, a project produced and arranged by the great Eumir Deodato with Japanese sensation Lisa Ono. Mr. Santos has produced publications in specialized drum magazines and has released a new book through Drummers Collective NYC (where he is part of the faculty) called, “Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian Rhythms for Drum set”. Adriano is endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks, Odery Drums and Istanbul Agop Cymbals.


Elective Intensive Program: Brazilian

Certificate Program B: Brazilian

Certificate Program B: Brazilian Batucada Percussion

Adriano is available for Private lessons.
Please call (212) 741-0091 extension: 110 for availability.

Afro Caribbean & Brazillian
Rhythms for the Drumset- BK/CD’s
Written by Memo Acevedo, Kim Plainfield, Maciek
Schejbal, Adrian Santos, Frank Katz and Chris

This comprehensive introduction to Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian Drumming styles is derived from the courses developed at the famed Drummers Collective in New York City. Each style section contains a biography of the faculty member who teaches the style, explanations and information on the style and its derivatives, historical references and background, notated examples, performances tips, discographies and bibliographies.

Most important of all, the two CD set lets the user hear the notated examples with performances tracks by the Drummers Collective Faculty and play-along tracks where the player can join in. Style areas covered include Afro-Cuban, Afro-Pop, Brazilian and New Orleans (Zydeco, Cajun, This book and CD package will be a teriffic way for developing players to greatly expand and enrich their drumming “palette.”

If you would like to purchase a copy of Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian Rhythms for the Drums, please proceed to our online proshop.