WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 – 7:30 – 9 P.M.


SJJS-Benedetto-ConcertPhiladelphia, PA (September, 28, 2015) – It’s Brazilian Jazz … It’s the Great American Songbook! It’s both! On Wednesday, October 7 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the South Jersey Jazz Society (SJJS) brings home Benedetto Guitar President Howard Paul, born and raised in Atlantic City, for the Benedetto  Artist Concert at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, in Somers Point, NJ.  He will perform with two world renowned jazz guitarists making their debut performance in the Atlantic City area. They are Romero Lubambo and Chico Pinheiro. Joining them are longtime friends of Howard Paul and highly respected musicians, Bassist Andy Lalasis and Drummer Vic Stevens. Tickets are $20/$15 for SJJS members. For tickets, visit or call 609-927-6677.

Joe Donofrio, Music Director of SJJS, is thrilled to bring this performance to Somers Point. He said recently, “I’m so happy that Howard was able to plan this event with us and bring in such highly respected Benedetto guitarists, Robero Lubambo and Chico Pinheiro. I hope our members and everyone within an hour’s drive from here, even further, will take advantage of this great music opportunity.”

Paul, who went all through school in Atlantic City and now lives in Savannah, said, “This will be especially cool because it is a very rare visit to the area where I grew up.  I’m already getting a lot of feedback from my childhood friends. I’m really excited to have a chance to play with Chico and Romero, and to being joined by my old friends Andy and Vic. I’m humorously calling it ‘South America Meets South Jersey’”.

About Howard Paul:

President/CEO of Benedetto Guitars, Inc., Howard Paul is a highly respected jazz guitarist. He is the rare individual who has worked in the corporate world while maintaining a busy music career. He was named president in 2014, Benedetto Guitars sells worldwide, building over 120 handcrafted guitars a year ranging from $5,000 to $50,000+ each.

As a musician, Howard has performed with legends. To name only a few, he played with Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Tom Scott, and Joey DeFrancesco. He has lectured at colleges and universities throughout the country and conservatories in Europe. He served as a clinician for many organizations including the National Guitar Workshop and as a contributing writer to Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. He’s twice been a featured artist at The Smithsonian Institutions’ Jazz Cafe, and jazz clubs in New York and elsewhere and was inducted in the Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011. He has numerous recordings with his most recent in 2014 titled Tony Monaco & Howard Paul plus a Duet CD with Bob James.  He was featured in 2014 on Chris Standring’s Inside Track TV series.


About Romero Lubambo:

Romero Lubambo (born 1955) is a Brazilian jazz guitar player. In Jazziz Magazine, it was written, “Guitarist Romero Lubambo may be the best practitioner of his craft in the world today… [his] facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own.”   Romero Lubambo came to the United States in 1985 and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar. Romero’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound.  He has also established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz, a Brazilian jazz trio Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca.

Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists including Astrud Gilberto, Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista,  Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D’Rivera,  among many others.


About Chico Pinheiro:

One of the leading figures in modern Brazilian music, guitarist/composer/arranger Chico Pinheiro was born in São Paulo. In Jazz Times Magazine, it was written … “Pinheiro’s charms as a guitarist, composer and vocalist are hard to resist. Imagine a young Chet Baker, with Luiz Bonfa’s chops and Marcos Valle’s aching sense of melody, and you get a record that will have you surrendering with a ‘Yes, yes, yes’”.

Self-taught, Pinheiro started playing the guitar and the piano when he was 7 years old. He came to America and received his music degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum laude), winning several academic/ musical prizes there during his studies. Not only an exceptional guitarist with a wonderful sound and great fluidity, Chico Pinheiro is a unique composer of originality and maturity, qualities that stand out on his recordings.

Once named, “Rising Star/Guitar” by Downbeat Magazine in their Annual Critics Poll, Pinheiro has many recordings with his latest being “There’s a Storm Inside: Throughout”. Today Chico is a remarkable presence in – and outside the Brazilian music scene and has performed and recorded with the ‘cream of the crop’ of Brazilian artists.


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