My album "Finesse" is out on all digital platforms.  The album includes world class musicians such as drummer and co-producer Mauricio Zottarelli; bassists Mark Egan (Pat Metheny), Paulo Paulelli (Rosa Passos) and Andre Vasconcelos (Djavan/H. Holanda); saxophonists Ralph Moore, David Mann and Rodrigo Ursaia (Rosa Passos); accordionist Vitor Goncalves (Hermeto Pascoal); harmonica ace Gabriel Grossi (Hamilton de Holanda); pianists Helio Alves and Matt King (Chuck Loeb); guitarist Marcus Teixeira (Gal Costa/R. Passos) and Reza Khan; jazz vibraphonist Christos Rafalides; singers Paula Santoro and Filo Machado...and more.  Released by Sedajazz Records.  ​​​​

2016 top 100 RMR CHART                               ​

"...His understanding of harmony, technique, and melodic form honed his skills as a composer, songwriter, arranger, and guitarist..." Five Star*****


…Pereira weaves a gentle and joyous session of mostly bossa novas and does so without referencing Jobim..."

​Robert Rush, Cadence Magazine  


"Desfilando a Vitoria"

..."Some people just have the right touch... this is jazzy, snazzy and delightfully high octane in it's approach… if this is nu Brazil, put us down for more. Well done".

                                                                         Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher – Midwest Record                                                                                                                                


BOSSA+ Silver Medal Winner 

Best Composer, Best Instrumentalist

Bill Milkowski, contributor to DownBeat and Jazziz Magazines. He is also the author to "Ode to a Tenor Titan": The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker (Backbeat Books). 

​Photo: Alex Postigo​​​​

..."It sparkles,glows, and sweeps you onto the dance floor. This is a perfect appetizer for the Brazil Olympics". Five Star *****

Grady Harp, Author, Los Angeles - Amazon

Silver Medal for "Nu Brasil"

in two categories:

- Best Brazilian/Latin Jazz

- Best Album

..."Sergio Pereira, an artist that displays great experience and a beautiful sensitivity that allows him to interpret every song of this project with great class and feeling…" 

Bruno Pollacci, Animajazz, Radio Punto FM, Pisa Italy

'Swingando' jazz charts - 2016 


The Lives and Times of Working Musicians.

by Paul Irwin

Bruce Boorman (Chalked Up Reviews):
"Bossa+ is an immersive experience, showcasing the fusion of bossa nova with other Brazilian rhythms, all infused with the improvisational spirit of jazz. The album stands as a bridge between the rich legacy of Brazilian music and its contemporary expressions, making it a pivotal contribution to listeners who love a musical dialogue based on Brazilian roots. Through Bossa+, Sergio Pereira invites listeners to join him on a journey that transcends borders and genres, celebrating the timeless beauty of music".

'Jazz with Martin Freedman' Best of 2022.

Five weeks at # 1

upcoming concerts

#2 on the Top 100 Latin Jazz Album Charts of 2022

'BOSSA+' is an album that reflects the music and sounds that comes from my life experiences, influences, sounds and places.  The album includes bossa, samba, jazz and pop genres.

Top jazz artists on the album includes guitarist Romero Lubambo, pianists Luis Guerra and Ivan "Melon" Lewis, trumpeter Chipi Chacon, bassists Ivan Ruiz Machado and Ariel Ramirez and drummers Mauricio Zottarelli (co-producer) and Jose San Martin. 

The single 'Verão Boreal' is out!!!  

Silver Medal for "Finesse"

in three categories:

- Best Brazilian/Latin Jazz

- Best Album

- Best New Release

The Vinyl Anachronist:

"...His guitar is soft yet intricate, full of so many flavors that instantly transport you to the Southern hemisphere..."

​"...Pereira's compositions and arrangements lean toward the impressionistic, resulting in a sound that envelops you with warmth, vivaciousness and a miraculous gift of seduction..."

5 times Global Music Awards silver medal winner

'Finesse' on the Top 100 Albums 2022

'Finesse' on the Top 100 Albums 2022

"Finesse" album reviews

2016 top 10 list for 91.3 kbcs



As in football, so also in music, Brasil’s cup runneth over. So great is the outflow, in fact that both have reached the furthest corners of the world. Interestingly, however, there appear to be more guitarists [percussionists excepted] per square-kilometre in Brasil than any kind of musician and instrumentalist. Both are also Brasil’s greatest gift to the music scene in the USA. Sergio Pereira is one of those great gifts – a musician of such prodigious talent that we listen in a state of wonder and awe – once again – to the music he has created on Finesse.

​2018 was a very prolific year in terms of music being released. It was a year of excellency, in terms of great new music being created. After a hiatus we are back with our very own list of best recordings of the year. As we have previously said, this is not a definitive list (we include only those albums submitted for review), but it is a good representation of the good music that’s always authentic and remains faithful to its roots, and that never goes out of style. It also gives us a glimpse at the new trends and evolution in the music we cover. We have to recognize that today, more than ever before, we are experiencing a melting pot of global music, where different elements, different genres, rhythms and cultures are mixing together to create a global sound.


2018 Best recordings

the latin jazz network                                          ​

2024 'World Entertainment Award' winner "Finesse" (Best Tropical Album) available on all digital platform. 

​Paris Move 

"Most likely, this album is poised to be the favorite of major jazz radios here in North America this summer because it has everything going for it: a production of very high quality, sounding like a benchmark album even though it’s just been released, with sweet and catchy tunes, a poetic form as bossa knows how to provide when perfectly set to music by top-notch musicians...."We often see very good artists tackling this genre of music, but when one does not possess Brazilian culture, while it may be possible to manage vocally, musically it’s another story, because one must possess that know-how, and in this game, only great Brazilian artists like Sergio Pereira are capable of playing with our emotions and giving us that joy when listening to an album of this kind. The category of ‘Essential’ is naturally attributed to such an album because unless one is completely indifferent to Brazilian music, this album is likely to be a reference of its kind in our time". 

Lemon Wire

Sergio Pereira’s latest album, “Bossa+” is a gem of sound and style

JazzHalo:  by Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther

Lemon Wire:by Dodie Miller-Gould

"Fans of Latin-infused jazz, and listeners who want to hear something different, “Nu Brasil” is the perfect album"

"Stellar music by a copacetic crew, even if they were continents apart when it was recorded. But with musicians this accomplished and simpatico, all it takes is a little Finesse." (Bill Milkowski)

O's Notes: "Guitarist Sergio Pereira is a Brazilian powerhouse following up his well-regarded debut, Swingando (4/3)"

..."I absolutely love Sergio’s high-spirited Latin jazz guitar work...On “Chega Ai“, you’ll know you’re in the presence of a true Brazilian jazz master (our dearly departed musical friend George Duke would have loved this)..."

Improvijazzation Nation, USA


LJN Latin Jazz Net: by Raul da Gama

"...Mr Pereira has also taken a leap into the great unknown, so to speak, with music that has complex orchestrations, thereby mixing the traditions of men like Laurindo Almeida and Baden Powell with those of Heitor Villa-Lobos..." 

'Swingando' Review/press

2019 TOP TEN albums

SERIUS/XM SATELLITE RADIO - NYC                                          ​

#50 on the Top 200 Latin Jazz Album Charts of 2022

1. Sergio Pereira: Nu Brasil (Zoho Music)

“For the carioca, Sergio Pereira, playing on the Portuguese word “Nu” as the title of his album Nu Brasil and then following it up with a wonderful play on strings to make it all come alive must be the easiest thing in the world. After all he is a strings player himself, playing what Brasilians call violão in the grand tradition of the long line of Brasilian guitarists which he not only follows but embellishes enormously. Mr Pereira has also taken a leap into the great unknown, so to speak, with music that has complex orchestrations, thereby mixing the traditions of men like Laurindo Almeida and Baden Powell with those of Heitor Villa-Lobos. A bold move indeed as Mr Pereira has not attempted before. His debut album, Swingando – although it featured a constellation of Brasilian superstars was a small ensemble effort. But this recording is another matter altogether…” – Raul da Gama

"World Entertainment Awards" Winner 2024 - Los Angeles, USA

'Finesse - 'Best Tropical Album'

I am a multi-award winning Brazilian guitarist, composer, arranger and producer from Rio de Janeiro. I have been living for many years in New York City and I am now sharing my time between NYC and Spain.

Welcome to my page!!!

"Nu Brasil' available now: SpotifyAmazon Music, CDbaby, iTunes and more. "Nu Brasil EPK video"

​My album "Nu Brasil" (ZM201808) has been released by the New York based label ZOHO Music on the 7th of September 2018 and is now available on all digital platforms. The album has some of the most amazing heavy weight jazz artists from Europe, Brazil and the USA, including drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, guitarist Marcus Teixeira, flutist Oriente Lopez, saxophonists Alexey Leon and Perico Sambeat, trumpeter Voro Garcia, pianists Helio Alves and Baptiste Bailly, bassists Ales Cesarini and Ariel Ramirez, singers Paula Santoro, Sergio Santos and Viktorija Pilatovic, rapper/drummer Devin Malloy, harmonica player Gabriel Grossi and percussionist David Gadea Al-Saforaui.

"Nu Brasil" Review/press
Contemporary Fusion Reviews: by Dick Metcalf

" I listen to Sergio’s splendid guitar on the percussion-driven opener, “Down South“, the “thrill is back” – no doubt!..."

​"Trem Do Tempo” (Time Train) will sway you gently on your way to Latin jazz oblivion… I can (easily) see this one winning awards this year....", ​​

Sergio Pereira Band

August 4th (Sunday) @ 16:00 & 18:00 hrs

The Jazz Forum, New York, USA

Get tickets here

The band: Matt King (p), Oriente Lopez (f), Gili Lopes (b), Mauricio Zottarelli (d).

"Nu Brasil” – one of the most spirited Latin jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2018… you’ll be hearing this one in regular rotation on jazz stations across the country, guaranteed..."

Dick Metcalf, 

Contemporary Fusion Reviews 

The JWVIBE: by Jonathan Widran

"...Poring over the guest list – which includes natives of Spain, Cuba, France and Brazil – and figuring out who interacts with who when is almost as frolicsome as listening to Pereira’s brisk, breezy melodic lines.