Braz Gonsalves (born 1934) is jazz musician, saxophone player, from Goa, India.
Braz Gonsalves was born in Neura, Goa on 3 February 1934. He learnt music from his dad Lawrence, a dedicated music teacher and choir master and composer for brass bands. At 15, Braz left Goa and soon became the new sensation all over India.
He plays the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones in addition to the flute. He was a regular at India’s foremost Jazz event-the Jazz Yatra-and was rightfully featured in the first Yatra in 1978. Subsequently, he played in five more yatras. He has performed with great musicians from India, namely, Louis Banks (his favourite pianist), Rama Mani, J Mani, Karl Peters, Ranjit Barot, Shanker Mahadevan, Pam Crain, Hariprasad Chaurasia and others. He has been a soloist for recordings of jazz, Gospel, indipop albums, ad jingles and Hindi film music.
He cut a record of original compositions called ‘Raga Rock’ in Calcutta in 1970. Braz’s innovative style saw him being featured in several International festivals in Europe and the Far East in the 80s and the 90s, He toured with ‘Sangam’, the best fusion band India has ever produced, and played with international jazz greats like Charlie Byrd, Eddie Daniels, Sadao Watanabe, Paul Gonsalvez, Cat Anderson and others .
Braz Gonsalves was given a certificate by the Goa Cultural and Social Centre and a Lifetime Achievement Award Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for his outstanding achievements in promoting Goan Traditional culture through art and music all over the world.