Bola Sete’s music effortlessly crossed boundaries with barely a nod of recognition. Although most would classify him as a jazz guitarist, he was as comfortable with the classical music of Villa-Lobos and Baden Powell, the Cuban-influenced jazz of Dizzy Gillespie, and the solo steel string excursions of John Fahey; not to mention his own, often unclassifiable compositions.
Bola Sete was born Djalma de Andrade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1923. He acquired his moniker when he was the only black member of a small band; Bola Sete means “Seven Ball,” which is the only black ball on the table in the game of billiards. His earliest influences were some of the earliest jazz guitarists, among them Django Reinhardt and... Read More