The Just Best | by Mayuto Correa

About Mayuto Correa

MAYUTO CORREA’S PERFORMANCES
DRAMA: actor, director, playwright. Wrote – film: “Zarina” – ( actually in pre-production in Brazil) – this work was called master piece by Carlos Augusto Kalil, president of “Embrafilme”, the Brazilian Film Institute and Caca Diniz, the best film producer of Brazil, after reading “Zarina”, became its producer. Haskel Wexler, multiple Oscar winner American photography director insisted to become and became the D.P. of the film “Zarina”. Other films Mayuto has written are “The Ultimate Plan” and “The Real Deal”. TV series: “Ella”, “Lodo”, “Brazilian Wave”, and “Brazilamerica”. TV Variety: “?NTERROGAÇÃO”. Opera: “The Aftermath” Plays: “O Bom o Mau e o Feio”, “Puro Sangue na PUC”, “Hector’s Castle” BEHAVIOR – “Quebra Cabeça” and “Alem das Regras”, among many other works.

Other Multifunctions: 1)Writer/ Director/Musician for the show “Negra Elza” (Carlos Gomes Theater) – Rio 2)Writer/Director/Musician for the show “Negra Elza” (Municipal Theater) – Niteroi 3)Writer/Director/Set and Costume Designer for the DVD “Martians” (Wiltern Theater) – L.A. 4)Director/Composer/Arranger for the musical “She Dances” – (Bovard Auditorium)-L.A. 5)Composer/Arranger/Singer/Musician and star for the show “Fantástico” (TV Globo) – Rio 6)Director/Writer/Composer/Arranger/Singer and star for the show “Nega” (Casinos)-Portugal 7)Director and Adaptation for the play/musical “Harder Than Casaba Sweeter Than Guava” (Assistant League)- L.A. 8)Composer/Arranger/Musical Director/Musician for the play “Race to Ouduvai” (I.C.C.C.) – L.A. 9)Composer/Musical Director/Arranger and Conducter for the film “Home Boys” (Focal Point)- L.A. 10)Composer/Arranger/Music Director/ Musician/Actor for the play “Sortilege” (ICCC) – L.A. 11)Composer/Arranger/Music Director/Musician/Actor for the musical “Orpheus” (Shubert Theater)-Philadelphia 12) Composer/Arranger/Musical Producer/ Star (on Vocal, Guitar and Percussion) for I.C.C.C. 20th Year Celebration at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion-LA.

Soloista in Many Theaters and International Arenas: Carnegie Hall, Copacabana Palace, Municipal do Rio, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Shrine Auditorium, Lincoln Center, L.A. Coliseum, Filmore, Apollo Theater, Maracananzinho, Canecão and Hollywood Bowl, among many others.

Participation in Sound Tracks: M.A.S.H, Baretta, Chips, Cinderella Liberty, Sheft, Death Squad, Trouble Man, Lost In the Stars, Out to Sea, “Supercops”, “The Foul Guy”, among many others.

Television Shows: Tonight Show (Jonny Carson ), Midnight Special, Merv Griffin Show, Nancy Wilson Show, Harry Belafonte Show,Fantástico, Show do Mês, Sexta Super, Silvio Santos, Cidade Aberta, Aqui e Agora, Jaci Campos, Estes Músicos Notáveis e Seus Instrumentos Maravilhoso, among many others.

MAYUTO CORREA-MUSIC: lead vocal, all percussion instruments, guitar, composer (music and lyrics), arranger, conductor, musical director, producer. Mentioned in several encyclopedias around the world, including The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies By Leonard Feather & Ira Gitler and Dicionario da Musica Popular Brasileira by Ricardo Cravo Albim.

Performed in thousands of recording sessions and concerts with world-class artists including Cannonball Adderley; John Williams; Oliver Nelson; Nat Adderley; Stevie Wonder; Henry Mancini; Frank Sinatra; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Harry Belafonte; Burt Bacharach; The Temptations; Santana; The Crusaders; George Benson; Herbie Hancock; Harvey Mason; Ron Carter; Freddie Hubbard; Patrice Rushen; N’dugo Chancler; Ernie Watts; Joe Sample; Wilton Felder; Wayne Henderson; Nathan East; Lawrence Welk; Sonora Matansera; Oscar Brown, Jr.; George Duke; Gerald Albright; Ronnie Laws; Dave Grussin; Joe Pass; Herb Alpert; Tony Williams; US3; Branford Marsalis; Donald Byrd; Charles Lloyd; Gene Herris; Lamont Johnson; Gato Barbieri; Kirk Whalum; Kenny Rankin; Jonny “Hammond” Smith; Della Reese; Minnie Ripperton; Sarah Vaughan; Trini Lopez; Mirian Makeba; Hugh Mazekela; Don Ellis; Gerald Wilson; Nancy Wilson; Cal Tjader; Kenny Burrell; Lee Ritenour; Gabor Szabo; Carmen McRae; Syreeta; Leta N’bulo; Joe Williams; Neil Sedaka; Joao Gilberto; Tamba Four; Ahmad Jamal; Ray Brown; Marvin Gaye, Milton Nascimento, Roberto Carlos, Cauby Peixoto, Elza Soares; Moacyr Santos and Carlos Lyra, among many others.

International Festivals: Playboy Jazz Festival, Concord Jazz Festival, Monterrey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Kool Jazz Festival, Jazz At Drew, Mexico Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Festival Internacional da Canção, among others.

His new band, CIDADE SANTA” was formed with the premises of reflecting a combination of Mayuto’s diverse careers, as percussionist, guitarist, singer, composer, arranger, playwright, director and actor. His high energy shows have the power to bring audiences to frantic participation and delirious applauses, which can be heard on his track “Bla,Bla,Bla” from upcoming CD, “Time After Time.”

Mayuto’s symphonic Work: SPECIAL SOLOIST AND FEATURED ARTIST on the record “Woman” by Burt Bacharach, performing as the percussionist on master pieces such as “Summer of ‘77’, “New York Lady”, “Dancing Fool”, “I Live In The Woods”, among other songs. SPECIAL SOLOIST AND FEATURED ARTIST on Henry Mancini’s record, “Symphonic Soul”, performing as the percussionist on Classic songs such as “Butterfly”, “Satin Soul”, “Peter Gunn” “Slow Hot Wind (Lujon)”, “Pick Up The Pieces”, “Sun Goddess”, “ Soul Saga” and “Symphonic Soul”

Creator end teacher of special learning method that includes MUSIC – percussion, guitar, vocal); DRAMA – characterization, timing, pace, improvisation, concentration, etc.; COMEDY – writing, content, style, timing. ALL HIS TEACHINGS ARE AVAILABLE AT HIS “TALENT CLEAN-IC”.

Credentials – MUSIC: over 30 years experience as percussionist, guitarist, arranger, composer, vocalist, producer, band leader; DRAMA: over 30 years as playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, coach, teacher, creator of two methods, (PARATHEATER and ZERO STATE); PSYCHOLOGY: over 30 years in Psychology: researcher, teacher, writer – actually, finishing dissertation for doctorate degree in psychology.

P-R-E-S-S——Q-U-O-T-E-S: ”Correa, who plays guitar in addition to every percussion instrument ever invented, turned the evening into a Brazilian jazz carnival. The rhythms were exhilarating whether on conga or cuica, the vocals alluring in English or Portuguese.” LEONARD FEATHER – The L.A. Times.

“As for Mayuto, he is a non-stop, one-man rhythm section, adding considerable spice and seasoning, directing and inspiring his combo unostentatiously, and keeping the total sound romantic rather than erotic. It’s a joyful blend—-a challenge to anyone who thinks he or she can sit still.” HARVEY SIDERS – Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

“We suggest that the next time Mayuto performs the seats be removed. We regret that we couldn’t write more today — its very hard to write/think while you are in motion — since we are joining the rest of the audience in a moving, standing ovation (or was that just swaying and clapping). My wife Charlotte, who often accompanies me to these events and was in the past a professional dancer, began swaying after the opening bar of the first song. By the end, she had lots of company.” RICHARD WISEMAN – Beverly Hills News.

“Finally Correa himself, who had done just about everything else during this exhausting hour, took the center stage for a wildly acrobatic tambourine dance.” LEONARD FEATHER – The L.A. Times.

“Becides fielding a cohesive and talented jazz group, Mayuto manages to sing, play guitar and congas and play various other percussion instruments. A finer conga player we’ve never heard—Mayuto coaxes rhythms like no other from the congas. Give him a guitar and ask him to sing and he is equal to any Brazilian group we’ve heard—all by himself.” RICHARD WISEMAN – Beverly Hills News.

“Mayuto, You are as brilliant guitarist as you are percussionist.” GILBERTO VERA – MoonflowerCafe.com

Fri.-Sun. July 13-15 — When Kenny Burrell invented himself, he practically invented jazz guitar. He’s clean, tasteful, bluesy, and plain classic — not even bad when he sings. His Jazz Heritage All-Stars live up to the name: Jeff Clayton, Bobby Rodriguez, Tom Ranier, Clayton Cameron, Roberto Miranda, Nick DePinna, Tibon Pennicott and Mayuto Correa. You think just anybody can muster a band like that? At Catalina’s. GREG BURK – MetalJazz.com

I arrived at Catalina’s toward the end of the second set but what I heard I really enjoyed. Burrell played with such passion on his swinging version of “Round Midnight,” with a soulful tenor solo from Pennicott. Miranda’s bass playing was simply marvelous on “Do What You Got To Do.” Vocalist Linda Hopkins was in the audience and she sang, “It’s a Wonderful World” as only she can. Other highlights included the perennial favorite, “Take the A Train,” In a Sentimental Mood,” Body and Soul.” Correa sang, “Someone to Light Up My Life.” BOB COMDEN – L.A. Jazz Scene.

OTHER COMMENTS: Wow. Your list of accomplishments leaves me “Out of Breath”!!. What an honor to meet you. NANA

Mayuto maravilhoso!! Wow, I knew Mayuto was good, but never heard him take an unaccompanied solo before…that was an eye opener. His hands really fly, and he’s got all those cross-arm chops, too. Would have been fun to see Mayuto jam with Armando, or maybe with Giovanni Hidalgo. JOSE SIERRA.

Hello Gil, thanks for posting this amazing clip of Mayuto in action. I have to say, Mayuto, that I have seen the Santana band at least 25 times over the years and have never seen a (conga) solo like that before. I was blown away with your talent. (Smile Happy). PARK.

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  • Admin comment by Mayuto Correa · March 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    MAYUTO’S ENTERTAINMENT CURRICULUM

    The Brazilian born artist started playing percussion at 12, in the big band,Rapazes da Alvorada. It was necessary a motion from the court, since the band’s basic stage was at the Cabaret Boite Cuba, where in 1955 was a popular night spot. His talent was soon noticed and he was considered a catalyst when he was still a teenager. He revolutionized Brazilian conga drums by introducing 16 new ways of playing the instrument and veteran conga masters, including Jorge Arena, Rubens Bassini and Laudir de Oliveira approached him to learn his style. He performed with the top Brazilian artists during his adolescence and at 25, he left Brazil on top of his profession, but under the pressure of the military dictatorship.

    His rising as a percussionist, in America, was overnight. He participated on Joao Donato’s recordings of “Abade”, four days after his arrival in Los Angeles, on December of 1969. That recording session was loaded with the best studio musicians of the time, including Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Larry Banker, Paulo Magalhaes, among others. They became his friends and he became a studio musician in America. His name entered The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies, By Leonard Feather and Ira Gittler, Introduced By Quincy Jones. His style with polyrhythm was loved by the experts. Drummers called him the only conga player to perform without incompatible pattern. That was the birth of his conga drum school, which established conga drum back beat patterns for R&B, Pop and Rock styles. He also created jazz patterns for conga drums that were compatible with drum set playing, beyond the usual shuffle.

    Mayuto Correa has been known as a man of many trades. The professions and positions listed, here, are evident throughout his career.

    1)Percussion Teacher;2)Guitar Teacher;3)Vocal Teacher 4)Music Teacher;5)Drama Teacher;6)Behavior Teacher;7)Musician;8)Composer;9)Arranger;10)Lyricist;11)Music Producer;12)Music A&R;13)Director;14)Playwright; 15)Screenwriter;16)Music Critic;17)Film Critic;18)TV Critic;19)Actor;20)Singer;21)Set designer; 22)wardrobe designer.

    Wrote – screenplay “Zarina”, this work was called master piece by Carlos Augusto Kalil, president of “Embrafilme”, The Brazilian Film Institute and, soon after, it was accepted by Caca Diniz, the best film producer of Brazil; Luiz Carlos Barreto, Brazil’s number one film maker of all times and Haskel Wexler, American, multiple Oscar winner photography director.

    Original Unpublished Work: Wrote – TV series: “Ella”, “Lodo”; TV Variety: “?NTERROGAÇÃO”; Plays: “O Bom o Mau e o Feio”,“ Brazilamerica”; Behavior: “Quebra Cabeça” and “Alem das Regras”, among many others.

    Other Works – Drama -Actor:Teatrinho; TV Globo’s “ Fantastico”; Opera do Malandro(TV Globo); Negra Elza (Teatro Carlos Gomes) and (Theatro Municipal). Artistic Director (P.U.C. University). Instructor(Teatro Niteroitenta). Music – Percussion Boite Cuba);(Samba Show);(Boite Drink);(Cauby);(Grupo Ed Lincoln);(Elza Soares);(Jair Rodrigues);Jorge Benjor);(Os Mutantes);(Grupo Pilantragem);(Maysa Matarazzo);(Monsueto); Carlos Imperial). Musical Director/Percussion(Maria Bethania) – Rio de Janeiro.

    Actor/Director, Sortilege (I.C.C.C.); “Dream of Light”, (Ekbalem);Director/Producer/ Set designer ,“MARTIANS”, (Wiltern Theater ). Director, Judah Box (Hermosa Beach Hall); “Harder Than Casaba Sweeter Than Guava” (Assistance League); Coach (The Talent Clean-ic); Joao Donato);(Bola Sete). Musical Dir./Composer, film ”Home Boys” ( Focal Point Production). Producer/Composer (ABC Records). Producer/Director (A&M Records: Mayuto produced Herb Alpert) – Los Angeles.

    Percussion/Guitar/vocal(Carlos Santana’s Group). Featured (in Encyclopedia of Jazz’70s). – United States.

    Orpheus (Shubert Theatre) Philadelphia; “NEGA” (Algarve Casinos),Portugal. Writer/Director “Batuke” (Discofage), Paris;

    Percussion/Guitar/vocal(Carlos Lyra),Percussion(Leny Andrade);(Tamba);(Jose Jose);(Joao Gilberto) – Mexico.

    He was awarded a certificate for outstanding performer when featured at The Blue Note Jazz Clubs of Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo – Japan.

    Also wrote articles for The L. A. Times and Bird Magazine; Hosted show for Public Radio Network and Continental Cable Television. He played as special guest with: Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Harry Belafonte, The Crusaders, Nancy Wilson, The Temptations, Steve Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Ronnie Laws, Sarah Vaughan, Marvin Gaye, Neil Sedaka, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Paul, Among many others. His Solo Career includes Many concerts starring on his own groups “Mayuto & Samba Pack”, “Mayuto & Geniuses 2000”,”Mayuto & The Dream Team Big Band”, “Mayuto & Sounds of Brazil” and other All Star groups.

    He was special Soloist on symphonic works such as the record “Woman” by Burt Bacharach; the record “Symphonic Soul” by Henry Mancini and in Many Theaters and International arenas, including The Carnegie Hall, Copacabana Palace, Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Shrine Auditorium, Lincoln Center, L.A. Coliseum, Filmore, Apollo Theater, Maracananzinho, Caneção, among many others.

    Played on film sound tracks including M.A.S.H, Baretta, Chips, Cinderella Liberty, Sheft, Death Squad, Trouble Man, Lost In the Stars, Out to Sea, among many others and on television shows, including The Tonight Show (Jonny Carson ), Midnight Special, Merv Griffin Show, Nancy Wilson Show, Harry Belafonte Show, Fantástico, Show do Mês, Sexta Super, Silvio Santos, Cidade Aberta, Aqui e Agora, Jaci Campos, Estes Músicos Notáveis e Seus Instrumentos Maravilhosos, among many others.

    Made special appearances at international festivals including The Playboy Jazz Festival, Concord Jazz Festival, Monterrey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Kool Jazz Festival, Jazz At Drew, Mexico Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Festival Internacional da Canção and he is mentioned in several encyclopedias around the world, including “The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies “– by Leonard Feather, introduced by Quincy Jones; “Dicionário da Musica Popular Brasileira” – by Ricardo Cravo Albin.

  • Admin comment by Mayuto Correa · May 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t understand your comment… I thank you anyway, Mayuto Correa

  • Admin comment by Mayuto Correa · March 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    The film captures a state of social awareness, pride and self respect, among the ‘homeboys’,, 25 November 2010

    Author: mailtomayuto (mailtomayuto@gmail.com) from United States

    “Homeboys” This documentary released in 1979 by Focal Point Productions is not an exception as for as being a forgotten film. The bunch of forgotten films is very large, but if we stop to look through it, we’ll find, there, some of the most relevant films ever made.

    “Homeboys” is one of these films; it was conceived by 3 young film makers with huge talent and a clear perception of time and urban life. When the film was made, the world was still a teenager with its conflicts being resolved with God’s parental supervision. Good has always been the same, but evil progresses into more evil.

    The young film makers, Bill Yahraus, Christine Burrill and David Davis, were able to connect with the Chicano gang members of Cuatro Flats, a housing project in East Los Angeles. The film captures a state of social awareness, pride and self respect, among the ‘homeboys’, revealing that the general sentiment of the young people, at the time, was the same, inside or outside of a gang.

    Though “Homeboys” was not intended to romanticize gang activity, it’s impossible to take romance out of the film because time and content blended, in a special way, through its narrative filled with unexpected beauty. The film is a vivid reminder that a gang member is someone’s son or daughter living in a bad world, where God’s being forgotten. MAYUTO CORREA

    Link to IMDB page:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238277/usercomments

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