The trio was formed in 1961 at Beco das Garrafas (Copacabana nightclub area), home of the bossa nova. Their debut gigs were at the Ed Sullivan Show, where they played for ballet dancers Lennie Dale, Joe Benett e Martha Botelho. Bossa Três remained in the States for a few more years, performing at jazz clubs. The group broke up their Brazilian line up, and pianist Luis Carlos Vinhas, the only one who returned to Brazil, put Bossa 3 together again, this time with new musicians. They made other 5 albums, touring Latin countries.