Based in Santa Cruz, California, we are Vivian Simon on flute and percussion and Pablo Riviere on guitar and vocals. We recently added two wonderful musicians to our band, to integrate Samba Cruz Quartet: Patrice Wallace on bass and Jeffrey Hanson on drums & percussion.


We play Brazilian Popular Music as well as our original compositions (influenced by Brazilian Music, Jazz, Argentinean folk music, etc.) We have performed at many venues including the Capitola Art & Music Festival, First Night Monterey, Cabrillo Music Festival, Scotts Valley Garden Faire, and more. We have also performed as a duo at many Bay Area establishments, including Hedley Club at the De Anza Hotel, Vino Locale, Cinnabar, M4, CooperVino, Silver Mountain, Testarossa, Cooper Garrod, as well as private events.  We take different forms under the name Samba Cruz, depending on the occasion (duo, trio,  quartet, etc. for larger events).

The repertoire includes bossa nova, samba, baião, choro and other jazz-inflected Brazilian musical forms in the spirit of  Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Elis Regina, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Dorival Caymmi, etc. Included are also some Jazz standards with a unique twist.


Vivian is a versatile flutist who plays Brazilian, jazz, salsa, and Classical styles of music. She has played in salsa bands, jazz bands and opera orchestras. She also teaches music in local schools and plays woodwinds for musical theater orchestras, such as and


Pablo, originally from Argentina, is a founding member of the Brazilian music quintet Sambosseros. Pablo has been playing with that group and other Brazilian artists for San Francisco Bay Area audiences since 2001. Pablo produced Sambosseros' CD Gabiroba, which includes some of his original compositions.

Boa Vida: A musical journey with the sounds of Brazil & Argentina, and a twist of jazz at every turn.

We just released a new album of original instrumental music, with special guests on percussion/drums, double bass, piano, saxophone, clarinet, and harmonica. Brazilian, Argentinean, and jazz styles with rhythms of baião, marcha rancho, chacarera, milonga, choro, and a jazzy samba. Additional surprises of crystal bowls and a batucada. 

Who and What

Check out the Sambosseros website

Vivian occasionally plays woodwinds for Cabrillo Stage's productions. Last time she played at Lunch: A Modern Musical Myth and at La Cage aux Folles

Pablo also plays with Neil Adler, Zack Pitt-Smith, Rebecca Kleinmann, Daniel Steinberg,  Kurt Stockdale, Peter Spitzer, and others
Other groups featuring us:
Concert on the Plaza - City of Mountain View
2017 Concert on the Plaza Mountain View.
Capitola Art and Music at the Beach
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Last time we played with Will Bates-Minou on drums. On past events we have played with Kevin Di Noto and Jason Lewis on drums. and Dan Robbins on bass + Phil Thompson on drums. Here's a clip from a past event:

The Garden Faire is an annual a free-admission, educational event focusing on benefits of organic gardening and sustainable, healthy living.

 This year we played with Gary Kehoe on drums (Sambadá)

In past events, we have played with Kevin Di Noto and Phil Thomson on drums.




We have also played under the name Trio Amanhã, with Steve Robertson on percussion and special guests Bill Cawthorne on kuhlohorn and David Cantoni on saxophone, visiting us from Argentina.

Garden Faire -Scotts Valley, California


Benefit Show at Aptos Park
Solar-powered Samba Cruz Trio!
 This year we played with Gary Kehoe on drums. Last year with Steve Robertson. Here's a clip from then:
Church Street Fair -Santa Cruz


As part of the Cabrillo Music Festival, Samba Cruz Quartet in 2016 included Dan Robbins on bass and Kirk Abe on drums.  In 2015,  Phil Thompson was featured on Drums.


SAMBA CRUZ TRIO (with Brian Rice on percussion) played the Grand Finale at Carleton Hall to a full auditorium. Great way to start the year! We were a featured performer for this year's First Night Monterey

New Music Work's annual Avant Garden Party

We were part of the musical lineup playing at The Garden

We played at the  100 Year celebration of the Santa Cruz Wharf (Jazz on  the Wharf)

We played as Trio Amanhã, with Steve Robertson on percussion. The fundraiser took place at the Shadowbrook (Capitola)
Begonia Festival Fundraiser


Past  Events

Riviere & Simon Trio, with Jeff Hanson on Drums

(May 2019)