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Zimbo Trio



The Zimbo Trio is a Brazilian instrumental ensemble, established in 1964 in São Paulo, and originally comprising Amilton Godoy (piano), Luís Chaves (bass) and Rubinho Barsotti (drums). The Trio was one of the most influential groups of Brazilian music in the second half of the 20th century.

The Zimbo Trio is a Brazilian instrumental trio, founded in March 1964, São Paulo, by Luiz Chaves Oliveira da Paz "Luiz Chaves" (bass), Rubens Alberto Barsotti "Rubens"(drums) and Amilton Godoy (piano). The first presentation took place at “Boate Oásis” on March 17, featuring the singer Norma Bengell. One of the songs played was "Consolação" by Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes.

In 1965, the Zimbo Trio became the fixed band of the TV Show “O Fino da Bossa”, TV Record, presented by Elis Regina and Jair Rodrigues.

In 1968, the Zimbo Trio attended an anthological concert at Teatro João Caetano which gathered Elizeth Cardoso, Jacob do Bandolim and Época de Ouro.

In 2007, bassist Luiz Chaves, a founder of the Zimbo Trio, died. Itamar Collaço (electric bass) was in charge of carrying on Luiz’s legacy.

In 2010 Mario Andreotti replaced Itamar.

Currently, the Zimbo Trio is formed by Amilton Godoy (piano), Mario Andreotti (bass) and Percio Sapia (drums) who shares the stage with his master Rubens Barsotti, who is recovering from surgery. In a new phase, the trio has a repertoire of Amilton's compositions.

Over 45-year career and 51 albums recorded, the Zimbo Trio has gained worldwide recognition, toured the world, and have spread Brazilian instrumental music.