Duduka Da Fonseca is a Brazilian jazz drummer. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Da Fonseca started playing drums when he was thirteen. He moved to New York City in 1975 and is the founder and leader of Brazilian All Stars!
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Duduka Da Fonseca is a 4-time GRAMMY® Award Nominee Drummer. He has appeared on over 250 albums alongside American Jazz icons as well as Brazilian Jazz Icons, including 25 albums as a leader/co-leader, making him one of the most recorded Brazilian drummers in this idiom.
In 2002 Duduka’s first solo album, Samba Jazz Fantasia, was the first “Samba Jazz” instrumental album ever to be nominated for the American Grammy® Award. He is one of the very few Brazilians and the only Brazilian drummer thus far to be nominated for this prestigious Award with his own solo album.
He has recorded and tour with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gerry Mulligan, Astrud Gilberto, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, Lee Konitz, Eddie Gomez, Herbie Mann, Joe Henderson, Claudio Roditi, Rufus Reid, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, John Pizzarelli, John Scofield,Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Milton Nascimento, Dori Caymmi, Oscar Castro Neves, Larry Goldings, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker and many fantastic others.