Jovino Santos Neto (born September 18, 1954 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian American jazz pianist, flutist, composer, arranger, educator and record producer.
Jovino Santos Neto started playing piano at age 13 and by 16, was playing keyboards in a band called The Vacancy Group in Bangu, West Zone of Rio.
Santos Neto earned a degree in Biology, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and later from Macdonald College of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
In 1977, he joined the group led by Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal, working as a pianist, flutist, composer, arranger and producer. Since leaving Hermeto's group in 1992 and relocating to the United States, Santos Neto has released several recordings and toured internationally as the leader of his own ensemble, and also in collaboration with musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and Mike Marshall.
Santos Neto teaches at Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts and is a frequent teacher at Jazz Camp West.
Artist Trust Fellowship, 2001,
IAJE/ASCAP (International Association for Jazz Education/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Commission) for an established composer, 2002,
Chamber Music America New Works jazz composition award, 2003,
Best Instrumental Album (nomination), Live at Caramoor, 2009 Latin Grammy Awards,
Best Latin Jazz Album (nomination), Canto do Rio, 2004 Latin Grammy Awards,
Best Latin Jazz Album (nomination), Roda Carioca, 2006 Latin Grammy Awards,
Earshot Jazz Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year, 2004