Renato started playing professionally when he was 15 years old in night
clubs in São Paulo, Brazil.
At 16 he moved to Rio de janeiro where he started working with some of the
great Brazilian Pop Artists such as: Sandra de Sá, Barão Vermelho, Roberto
Carlos, Kid Abelha, Tim Maia, Marina and Gilberto Gil, among others.
In the jazz music scene in Rio, Renato played and recorded with Arthur Maia, Nico
Assunção, Ricardo Silveira, Torcuato Mariano, Flavio Bala,
Marcio Montarroyos and Léo Gandelman, to name a few.
At 26, Renato moved to Los Angeles to study with the one and only Maestro Moacyr
great Brazilian Arranger
After one year in LA, Renato started playing with his trio, along with Marco
bass/vocals and Joey Heredia on
The trio recorded one live cd ‘Live in LA,’ and toured Europe, South America and
The trio opened a lot of doors for Renato, who had the chance to meet and play
American Jazz Artists such as:
Sheila E., Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson, Dianne Reeves, Charlie Sepulveda,
and Jimmy Haslip, among
After a couple of years touring the world, playing jazz in venues such as the
NYC, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Blue Note in NYC, Tokyo, Osaka
and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Renato decided, in 1999, to open
studio in LA, where he and his partner Tal Bergman, ‘Drummer and Producer’
coproduce and arrange for Rod Stewart on his album ‘The Great American
This project that sold more than 15 million records, Renato got a Platinum
In his LA studio, Renato produced and arranged with Jimmy Haslip for Marilyn Scott’s ‘Walking with Strangers,’ and Flavio Bala’s ‘The Party,’ among others.
In the field of Film Scoring, Renato wrote the music for ‘Dancing at Blue
directed by Michael Raford and ‘Kill me later’ directed by Dana Lustig.
He also scored the Film Trailer for ‘The Brothers Boom
’ directed by Rian Johnson.
Renato also was the Musical Director along with Sheila E. for the Alma Awards in
LA, where he
had the pleasure to work with Célia Cruz, Tito Nieves, Cristina Aguilera, Tevin
Timberlake, Patti Labelle , Stevie Wonder, and many more great talents.
In 2001 Renato was invite to come to Minneapolis to play with Prince and the NPG “The new power generation”, Renato played and record with Prince until 2011.
In 2015 he start recording a project in LA with Joe bonamassa ,
Tal Bergman, Ron Dejesus and Mike Merrit “ Rock Candy Funk Party” They did 3
records and one Live DVD in New York at The Iridium jazz club .
In 2017 Renato Start doing some music score for some Brazilians TV shows and
documentaries such as “ Balé Folcloríco da Bahia”, among others.
Renato Neto is considered one of the most versatile pianists and keyboardists of
his generation playing
everything from jazz to pop, with amazing musicality and soul.
“Ken Hughes , Keyboard magazine “