Adriano Santos was born in São Paulo, Brasil in 1966. Part of a new generation
of Brazilian drummers, he began his drum studies at the age of twelve at Zimbo
Trio Music School ( CLAM) in his hometown. In 1988 he moved to Boston to study
at Berklee College of Music where he acquired his B.A. in Film Scoring.
Moving to New York in 1995, Adriano started his Masters Degree at City College of
New York where he had the chance to enjoy ensemble lessons with the great jazz
legend Ron Carter. As a professional he has performed with top international
artists such as Astrud Gilberto, Gal Costa, Leny Andrade, Bebel Gilberto, Romero Lubambo, Antônio Adolfo, Helio Alves, Claudio Roditi, Nelson Faria, Leo Gandelman, Paulo Moura, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Jared Gold, Yotam Silberstein, Ray Vega, David Binney, John Pizzarelli, Slide Hampton, Harry Allen, Bill Charlap, Monday Michiro, Vic Juris
Cliff Korman, Santi Debriano, Dave Pietro, Vana Gierig, Eumir Deudato, Lisa Ono,
Eileen Ivers, Paul Winter and the Boston Pops, to name a few.
Adriano is currently performing with the Vinicius Cantuária Group, Matt Geraghty Project, Kenia, Hendrik Meurkens and Davi Vieira.
Mr. Santos has produced publications in specialized drum magazines and has
released a book through Drummers Collective NYC (where he is part of the faculty) called, "Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian Rhythms for Drum set".
Adriano is endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks, Remo drum heads, Canopus Drums and Istanbul Agop Cymbals.