The choro appeared along the 19th century, in traditional areas of Rio de Janeiro. It is a popular instrumental style that flows mainly from Bach's music. Sophisticated and complex, it was maybe one of the first musical styles to settle in America. It has been already said that the choro is the Brazilian jazz, although the choro is some decades older than the American instrumental style. It is not a typically modern gender, as jazz, but it doesn't make people frown when it is styled into new forms.
Great Brazilian musicians were born from this style. In the first half of the 20th century, Pixinguinha, João Pernambuco, Garoto, Dino 7 cordas, Jacob do Bandolim, Valdir Azevedo and many others were remarkable musicians and composers, and took the already traditional style to the new generations that have venerated the choro until today. Many other great musicians were part of this history. From Ernesto Nazareth and Joaquim Callado in the 19th century, up to Raphael Rabello at the end of the 20th century, considered until today an unbeatable guitarist.
Currently, the choro has become a worldwide spread style. There are choro groups even in Japan, a country that has been absorbing the Brazilian music for some time. Inside the country, there are several institutions related to the subject, like clubs of choro in Brasilia and in São Paulo. With slight, but outstanding, form alterations, it continues being one of the most authentic styles of the Brazilian music.