Zé Eduardo Nazario was born in São Paulo, Brazil on September 25, 1952. At the age 12, Zé Eduardo performed on radio and TV shows and in concerts with his first trio, as well as with other well-known artists in show business. Zé Eduardo has been behind the drum set for nearly fifty years. During these decades his name appears among the most influential and recognized Brazilian drummers. Zé Eduardo has performed on a number of historically significant recordings during his career.
Zé Eduardo has acquired an encyclopedic knowledge of Brazilian rhythms and music styles, and delved deeply into Jazz, African, and Indian musical cultures.
Zé Eduardo presents workshops and master classes at the university level and performs in drum and percussion festivals both nationally and internationally. He teaches in music schools and also privately in the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais in Brazil. Zé Eduardo leads a group that performs in concerts, festivals, and nightclubs, and also plays as a sideman for a variety of significant musicians. The list of musicians with whom Zé Eduardo has worked include Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascimento, Taiguara, Toninho Horta, Grupo Um, Lelo Nazario, Marlui Miranda, Pau Brasil, Bocato, Teco Cardoso, Nico Assumpcão, Nelson Faria, and international musicians Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, John Stein, Gato Barbieri, and others.
In recent years, Zé Eduardo has participated in a series of recordings with American guitarist John Stein including Concerto Internacional de Jazz and Encounterpoint. Their most recent recording, Raising The Roof, achieved great success on radio stations in the United States by reaching the number 8 position on the JazzWeek 2010 Top 100 Chart.