Sérgio Carolino, Mário Delgado and Alexandre Frazão

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Casa das Artes Bissaya Barreto Av. Sá da Bandeira 83, Coimbra

No intermission

TGB is of course the acronym for Tuba, Guitar and Drums, the instruments which are played by the trio. The line-up is unusual from the get go, even if it was inspired by that other trio with saxophone, trombone and guitar formed by John Zorn, George Lewis and Bill Frisell, that of “News for Lulu”. The major difference is in the roles taken by Sérgio Carolino, who both acts as a double bass to underline the melodic lines – or improvises based on them – introduced by Mário Delgado as if it were an octave trombone.

Carolino's tuba roots the TGB music in the jazz tradition, that of New Orleans marches, but the concepts applied are much more comprehensive and cover idiomatic adoptions that cease to have anything to do with this wind instrument. If the guitar slide provides welcome intrusions from country and folk what the tuba does from below or to the side is indispensable for the purpose sought, as well as Alexandre Frazão's drums, causing a sensation of strangeness which only ends up enriching the group's formula. This consists of a non-literalness which makes us even more curious. TGB’s music is made up of double melodic lines and double rhythmic lines, with harmony gluing the parts together. There are cinematographic ambiences which owe a lot to the orchestrating guitar full of effects, followed by references to cowboy films, detective series and even Disney cartoons.

Rui Eduardo Paes


Sérgio Carolino Tuba
Mário Delgado Electric guitar
Alexandre Frazão Drums

JAZZ 2020

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation joined forces with Associação Porta-Jazz and Jazz ao Centro Clube to present Jazz 2020, a cycle of 10 concerts in Lisbon, Oporto and Coimbra. Between 31 July and 9 August, Portuguese jazz and improvised music will be once more on the agenda!

In a time where many artists have seen their projects cancelled or postponed, this edition is also an opportunity to support more than 60 musicians and the technical teams involved in these concerts.



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