Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1955, Romero Lubambo studied classical
piano and music theory as a young boy. From the time he played his first notes
on the guitar at age thirteen, he devoted himself to that instrument. Lubambo
graduated from the Villa-Lobos School of Music in Rio in 1978 as an outstanding
student of classical guitar.
Bossa Nova was at its height of popularity in Brazil from the late 50's to the early 60's. If Romero was born a little earlier, he might have become a Bossa Nova guitarist. However, when he took up the guitar, it was already 1968. Artists such as Caetano Veloso were then emerging to lead the rock generation. Romero became aware of jazz through Bossa Nova and was drawn to guitarists such as Wes Montgomery and George Benson for their new sensibilities. There was no school for jazz at that time in Rio, so he decided to study classical guitar instead.
Romero stayed in Brazil until 1984. He studied and performed various styles of Brazilian music from samba, Bossa Nova, baiao, to maracatu. Baiao and maracatu are from the northeastern part of Brazil, said to be a treasure trove of rhythm. The rich mix of jazz, classical, and Brazilian music all helped shape Romero's guitar playing style.
In 1985, Romero moved the center of his activities to New York and became much sought after as a session guitarist. He started with Herbie Mann, performed with Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington, Jr., and participated in albums by Arto Lindsay and Aztec Camera. He participated in albums by Brazilian artists Leny Andrade, Airto Moreira, Marisa Monte, and many others. He has been spreading the taste of Brazil in New York for over 10 years.