Sónia "LittleB" Cabrita

Lisbon - 1978

Endorsed by : Funkyreps & Odery Drums/ LEAR In Ears (HK), Vater Sticks.

In addition to my "Little B" Jazz Band I play drums in Viviane's support band; a Portuguese main stream act. Besides that, I'm flaJAZZados' former member; a native spoken word jazz outfit which is in turn Zé Eduardo's [Portuguese jazz guru] side project.
With the mentioned groups I've toured and played at some of the most weighty domestic pop and jazz festivals and did a few dates in Spain as well;
Sedajazz International Festival, Sons do Atlântico Festival, Sines em Jazz Festival, Med Festival, Valado dos Frades Jazz Festival, Lagos Jazz Festival, Montemor-o-Novo Jazz Festival, Almodôvar Jazz Festival, Jazz no Inverno Festival and at Lisbon's Fábrica de Braço de Prata.
Performed at New York City's “CBGB”, at Baltimore's “An Die Musik” and at Macau Jazz Festival in China with “Zé Eduardo Unit”.
I had also the privilege of playing with Greg Tardy and with David Murray; Peter King here in Portugal.

Meanwhile I get to work regularly with local musicians, covering Algarve's ,Spain & Lisbon clubs .

Teached drums at Sines Art School, since its inauguration [2008-2010] andColegio Bernardette Romeira (Olhão 2015-2016)and gives private drum lessons in Lisbon and Faro.

I've studied drums with professor Michael Lauren [ESMAE / Drums Collective NYC] and I have attended several jazz seminars, workshops and masterclasses around Portugal and Spain:
Terrie Lyne Carrington [Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves], Jordi Rossy [Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz], Gerald Cleaver [Miroslav Vitous, William Parker, Jeremy Pelt], Frank Tiberi [Woody Herman Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman], Doug Weiss [Clifford Jordan, Lee Konitz, Joe Williams], Billy Drummond [Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins] and Nasheet Waits [Greg Osby, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano]...

A short retrospective.
I started my music and drums studies in 1994 at Associação Filarmónica de Faro [AFF] with professor Joaquim Furtado and I have been hitting & beating since then. Formed and been former member with a handful of groups, won some national musical contests and got my share of media coverage as new-comer.
With some of these bands I got to share the stage with relevant domestic and international artists.

From 2000 to 2002 I studied at Barreiro's Jazz School. In 2002 played at Lisbon's First Festa do Jazz do São Luiz, a significant annual Portuguese jazz rendezvous and I've been "K's Choice", drummer for-one-day as a national broadcast radio station [RTP Antena 3] contest winner.

• 2004 to 2006 Worked as a musician for ACTA (A Companhia de Teatro Do Algarve) under the direction of Luis Vicente.
I've lived in Barcelona [ES] during 2007 to attend “Taller de Musics” Jazz School and had lessons with professors Ramon Angel Ray, drums and Cristina Canet, music theory. During this particular period I had the opportunity to work with some local acts and did a few gigs at Barcelona's club circuit.
In April 2012 I released my first album called "Little B", with original compositions.

In December 2013 I managed to form an all jazz female band called " Girls on Fire" with great jazz instruments from Portugal, Spain and Germany.

December 2014
I was the Drummer for the Iberia Tour of Dilana ( USA), due to my good work on drums, Dilana invited me to be her official drummer.

In 2015 toured all the European tour with Dilana and early in 2016 did the USA tour , covered 17 states in united states, from NYC To California.
In 2015
I also formed a rock band called GAIJAS that have toured all Portugal.
In 2008 I did a small tour in the beautiful Cape Verde Islands [Africa] with the Montargil Philharmonic Orchestra which ended at 7 Sóis 7 Luas [7 Suns 7 Moons] Music Festival.
Truely unforgettable.

Active Projects

GAIJAS (Lisbon-PT)

Jean Paul Rena – Blues Rock (NL)

Mauro Amaral – World Music (PT)

Viviane – Portuguese main act , fado/pop (PT)

Dory & the Big Fish – original music (Lisbon-PT)

Fried Neuronium – Jazz/Avant Garde (PT/Spain/U.S. A)

Sonia “Little B” Cabrita – Jazz (solo Project- PT)

Past Projects :

Berg – 2017-2018 (Lisbon-PT)
Dilana Smith – rock music (U.S.A/ NL)- 2014-2017
Nanook – Folk/Rock 2005 to 2012 (Faro-PT)
Entre Aspas (Lisbon/Algarve) 2017
Flajazzados – Jazz/Spoken Word 2010 to 2012 (Faro-PT)
The Fried Fanekas – Blues band 2012 to 2013 (Faro-PT )
Girls On Fire – Female Jazz Project 2013 (Faro/Lisbon/Porto/Spain/Germany)
Performance Géneros
Mauro Amaral Atuação ao vivo Pop, Reggae, Rock