Crazy about rhythms since he was 3 years old, when he asked his mother who smartly did not let him play drums, he overcame home pressure and began playing at age 11. At that age he began drums and percussion studies with Mestre Dinho Gonsalves until age 17.
Some years later, he took classes with Lilian Carmona, preparing to study in the USA, since he applied the methodology learned in Berklee.
He later did Faculty of Composition and Regency at Santa Marcelina College and in '91 and '92 he studied in Los Angeles for two years at PIT.
In California, he studied with big names of drums like Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Efrain Toro, Peter Erskine, and participated in countless workshops with names like Bernard Purdie, Manu Katché, and a lot more.
He played on the up and comming scene of Brazillian Jazz from LA with Otmaro Ruiz (Arturo Sandoval), Renato Neto (Chaka Khan, Prince), Afonso Celso, Rique Pantoja, Santana (bass player), among others. R & B and Pop by artists such as EW & Fire, George Benson, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, and so on.
Most striking influences in this area are undoubtedly Jeff Porcaro, Steve Ferrone, John Robinson and Steve Gadd, being often compared to them.
Back in Brazil he recorded with names like: Claudio Zoli, Zélia Duncan, Paula Lima, Seu Jorge, Luciana Mello, Max de Castro, Jair Oliveira, Simoninha, Patricia Marx, Anderson Soares, Edsel Gomes, Daniela Mercury, Xuxa, Sandy & Junior , Patricia Coelho and others.
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"It is a fact that the current scene is full of great talents (...), but few are able to conceive melodies as contagious and attractive as Tuto Ferraz."
Joce Rodrigues - Vermelho Magazine