Before coming to the United States, Felipe was active in numerous combos and bands as a saxophonist, composer and arranger. He played with such bands as Octeto de Musica Brasileira, Zerro Santos Big Band, Banda Farinha Seca, Zydeco Band, Santa Gafieira, Sampa Crew, Savoy Quartet, and the Axel Fisch Group, and has performed with Brazilian artists such as Daniela Mercury, Paulo Moura and Wagner Tiso. He has also appeared on the same bill as many prominent American artists, including Betty Carter, at Bourbon Street Club, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Felipe Salles has been an active musician in the US since 1995, leading his own group, the Felipe Salles Quintet. Performance venues include the extinct Willow Jazz Club and Connolly's Jazz Club, The Knitting Factory, The Big Easy, Hybernia, Acton Jazz Cafe , Sandrina's, Ryles Jazz Club, The Middle East, Natick Center for the Arts, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Symphony Hall and the Regattabar. As a sideman, Felipe Salles has worked in various jazz, Latin and Pop groups including Mango Blue, Either/Orchestra, Bellevue Cadillac, La Timba Loca, Mozamba, Bevan Manson, The Daddys, Dead Cat Bounce, Zabumbatuc, Grand Unified Theory, The Touch, Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra, Black Tie Affair Orchestra, Charles Brown Organization and Soul City.
Felipe Salles has had the opportunity to work with prominent jazz artists like George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Sam Rivers, and Herb Pomeroy. In addition, Felipe Salles has studied with such world renowned musicians as David Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Charlie Banacos and Kenny Werner.
Felipe Salles has recently been awarded First Place in the Concurso SGAE de Jazz "TETE MONTOLIU", 2001, with the composition "The return of The Chromo Sapiens". Hehas also been awarded with the Boston Jazz Society Scholarship Award for the year of 1997, and was a featured performer at the Boston Jazz Society 22nd annual Jazz Festival in 1998, where he opened for and performed with Stanley Turrentine, as well as an atraction at the BJS 23rd annual Jazz Festival for the year of 1999, leading his quintet, featuring Bob Moses, John Lockwood, Alain Mallet and Tony D'Aveni.
Recently recorded CDs include the aclaimed Latin band Mango Blue's "Immigrant Blues", the Avant-Garde/ Free group Grand Unified Theory's self-entitled CD, and Dead Cat Bounce's (Boston Phoenix's 2001 Best jazz group of the year) two releases, "Legends of the Nar" and "Lucly by Association".
Felipe Salles first solo CD, "Further South", features Bob Moses on drums, John Lockwood on Bass, Alain Malllet piano, and Tony D'Aveni on trumpet. Projects yet to be released include a guest appearance on pianist Nando Michelin's CD "Einstein's Dream", featuring Jerry Bergonzi on tenor, Fernando on bass, and Jeff Ballard on drums; and the Nando Michelin Brazilian Project CD featuring acclaimed Brazilian singer Giana.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Triad Again
2. The Cage
3. I Can See You From Here
4. Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
5. Further South
6. Carla's Tango
7. Noite a Dentro
8. To Whom it May Concern