Geraldo de Oliveira started playing percussion professionally at the age of fourteen in his hometown Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He moved to the United States in 1975, where he continued to develop his skills as a musician and an educator, performing, recording, and studying at the American Conservatory of Music, in Chicago, under Mr. James Dutton. Geraldo has been privileged to work with all major bandleaders in Chicago, and presently is the percussionist for the Lake Side Singers, and Andy Tecson’s musical productions “The Jazz Passion” and “Bending Towards the Light”.
Geraldo’s sounds have been heard in the recordings of many Chicago artists such as Ramsey Lewis, Judy Roberts, Jerry Butler, Tyrone Davis, Walter Jackson, Linda Clifford, Rich Fudoli, Bobby Lewis, Guy Fricano, Joannie Pallatto and Sparrow, Gene Chandler, The Chi Lites, Lesley Spencer, Mike Ferro, Andy Tecson, Scott Anderson, Chévere, Don Stiernberg, Robin Lukas, Paulinho Garcia, Grazyna Auguscik, Bobby Schiff, Allison Ruble, Arlene Bardell, The Numa Band, and many others. He was also a guest artist on the last album recorded by world renowned drummer Buddy Rich.
Geraldo is a guest faculty member for the Birch Creek Music Center in Door County, Wisconsin, Brazilian percussion instructor for the Old Town School of Folk Music, and one of Ravinia’s Jazz Mentors. As a Jazz Mentor for the Ravinia Festival, he performs with the Mentors Ensemble under the direction of Willie Pickens and conducts Brazilian percussion master classes at many high schools in the Chicago area. Geraldo has been a presenter on Brazilian Percussion at PAS events, and recently, received the 2013 Dal Segno Recognition for Professional Achievement.
Geraldo performs regularly in the Chicago area with different groups including Trio Copacabana, Paulinho Garcia, and Planeta Azul.