Born in Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Paulinho began his musical career at the age of nine as a singer in a Sunday program for kids in his city's principal radio station, Rádio Inconfidência. In his teens, he performed as a house musician in all musical programs of the Rádio Guarany--TV Itacolomy network. He led his own band, Os Agitadores, and with them recorded his first two albums.
Until his arrival in the U.S. in 1979, Paulinho composed, arranged, produced, and performed jingles for the HP Studios. Four of his commercials received national awards. Having moved to Chicago, he performed and recorded two albums with the band 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 was the recipient of "Best jazz entertainer ward" for the year 2001 by the Chicago Music Awards and his new recording "Homage" released in Tokyo on September 2002 was chosen as the best vocal CD in Japan for 2002 and was among the best 20 overal.
Paulinho has performed in many cities in the U.S. and abroad, touring Japan for six months, Poland, Prague and Bratislava with singer Grazyna Auguscik in 2000. With saxophonist Greg Fishman, his partner in Two for Brazil, Paulinho has performed in: 2001 at the North Sea jazz festival in Nederland, the Singapore jazz festival and at the Holland American jazz cruise; In 2002 in Hong Kong and Bangkok and most recently at the Fujitsu Concord jazz festival in various cities of Japan where Paulinho added singer Grazyna Auguscik and named his new trio "Three for Brazil" Future tours will include: in 2003, the Joe Siegel's jazz cruise of the Bahamas on October 26 thru November 2) and in 2004 (Japan's large jazz festival: Jazz Elite, with Three for Brazil with Greg Fishman and singer Grazyna Auguscik.
Paulinho's U.S. discography:
* Jazzmineiro, (1996), featuring the 7-piece band Jazzmineiro.
* Solo, (1998), a solo voice & guitar album.
* Two for Brazil (February 2000), a highly acclaimed duo with saxophonist Greg Fishman.
* Fragile (April 2000), a duo performance with singer Grazyna Auguscik.
* Dois no Choro's Carinhoso (November 2000), a modern interpretation of traditional choro music from Brazil in duo performance with flutist Julie Koidin.
* Two for Noel (December 2000), A Christmas CD in Brazilian Style with the duo Two For Brazil
* Juntos (July 2001) the new Dois No Choro's CD with the participation of world renown Brazilian Flutist Altamiro Carrilho and Brazilian pianist Maria Teresa Madeira among others
* Two for Brazil Plays The Standards (2001), standards American and Brazilian songs in Paulinho's own Brazilian style
* Three for Brazil's Homage (Sept. 2002), Available in Japan the new trio release
* Take Five (Jan 2003), the newest Two for Brazil's CD
"Greg and Paulinho play beautifully together. They're magnifecent musicians who project intelligence, warmth and virtuosity. They sound like a whole band...it's nearly inconceivable that it's only two players." Michael Brecker
The Chicago Tribune: "Garcia's vocals are never less than seductive, his guitar playing ever atmospheric and evocative. Garcia...........ought to be considered a local treasure." Howard Reich, Jazz critic.
"Though some ensembles impersonate Brazilian idioms, Garcia's group defines them. The intricate cross-rhythms they play, the delicately insinuating phrases they produce, and the softly undulating texture they create represents Brazilian music in its purest form." Howard Reich, Jazz critic.
The Chicago Sun-Times: "This Garcia among Garcia's is a man of his words, and worlds, and no matter where he takes you, and no matter where you ask him to take you, you travel the byways of heart and soul. Brazil, where we have never been, rejoices. Chicago, where he now has never not been, the same. Listen, listener, and hear the freedom of horizons stretching. Lloyd Sachs, Jazz critic.
Jazziz Magazine: "Garcia is a clone of no one. Effortlessly, he moves from a straight Brazilian pop approach to caressing, seductive pop-jazz bossa novas". Alex Anderson, critic.
The Brazilians: "Jazzmineiro presents beautiful new, originals songs alongside classic compositions blending the music of Brazil with the urban essence of American Jazz and popular music. Paulinho's guitar playing is perfect."