Waltel Branco

Waltel Branco, born in Paranaguá, Brazil in 1929, is a hugely prolific composer and conductor. Branco has been involved in many thousands of records during his extensive career that has seen him travel the world.

He was born into a musical family and moved around Brazil embarking on many projects before moving to Cuba at the end of 1940’s - playing with Mongo Santamaria and Chico O’Farrill - and then to the US in the early 1950’s. Upon his return to Brazil he reportedly lived in a boarding house with Joao Gilberto where they collaborated.

Branco’s travel then took him to Europe and Asia, then back to the USA where his interest in soundtracks developed. His extremely busy career saw him play with Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Franco Rosolini in both jazz and classical music, and resulted in him teaming up with Henry Mancini and working on several compositions, most notably the soundtrack to ‘Pink Panther’. After further travels he returned to Brazil and continues to write, arrange and conduct, and does so to this day.

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