Paulinho was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His first contact with music came very early in life when he started singing in a Sunday’s children program at Radio Inconfidencia in his hometown.
Continuing his love and passion for music, he moved to Chicago in 1979 and joined the group Breno Sauer (which later became Made in Brazil.) In 1991, he founded his own band Jazzmineiro whose eponymous 1996 CD received excellent reviews in the Chicago Tribune, Jazziz magazine, the Brazilian Music Review, and The Brazilians.
Paulinho is a world-touring musician and has 22 recordings under his name. Recently, he arranged and performed in “Aquarela", a traditional children's song CD produced by Global Language Project and a soon to be released CD by Polish singer Mietek Scheszniak.
Paulinho produced various highly acclaimed concerts in Chicago, most notably “50 years of Bossa Nova” which featured Paulinho’s Octet with special guest Brazilian legend João Donato. He has shared the famous Esplanade Hall stage in Singapore with Jeremy Monteiro and Toots Thielemans for a sold out audience. Paulinho performs regularly in prestigious jazz festivals and clubs around Asia, Europe and America, and is thrilled to be joining the Singapore International Jazz Festival’s stage for its 5th anniversary.