Claudio Slon began his musical career at age 16 in Brazil by winning the “New Star” award in the Brazilian Jazz Critics’ Poll. He arrived in New York under a recording contract with Verve Records, and his first recording was awarded Platinum status (more than one million units sold). Some of Slon’s recordings include “Wave” with Antonio Carlos Jobim, “Sinatra & Co.” with Frank Sinatra, “Agora” with Joe Pass, and participation in more than 200 recordings with the likes of Clare Fischer, Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi, Astrud Gilberto, Billy Eckstine, The Jacksons, Laurindo Almeida, Minnie Ripperton, and numerous others. Slon was the drummer with Sergio Mendes & Brazil ‘66 and Brazil ‘77. During nine years he recorded more than 15 albums with that group and toured around the world. Slon has lived in Colorado with his family since 1998. He continues touring and recording with, among others, his own group “Leviev-Slon.” He returned last month from recording in Brazil with pianist-composer Joao Donato and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, after performing at the “Blue Note” Jazz Club in New York for one week.