"Alves is a pianist whose instincts are lush and
by an inner pulse.”
“Alves has sublety,
musicality and a extraordinary facility for
Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern Brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Oscar Castro-Neves, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, to name a few.
Helio was nominated for a Grammy with the album Forests, by the Brazilian Trio, a group that he co leads with bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca. He has released four albums under his own name: Trios (1998), Portrait in Black & White (2004), It's Clear (2009) and most recently, Musica featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo.
Helio's latest album called At Play, released in 2020, is a collaboration with guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Edu Ribeiro.