Mauricio de Souza

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: November 11, 1979    

Mauricio de Souza

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. His good taste and finesse have allowed him to play in numerous settings with various accomplished musicians. De Souza studied with world renowned jazz drummer and master teacher Joe Morello for eight years. He also had a year of private studies with distinguished all-round percussion teacher Glenn Weber. Aside from the inspiration of Mr. Morello, other influential performers include Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira, Dave Weckl, Roy Haynes, and Bill Stewart. ​ Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing the drums at the age of eleven. Within a few months, he began performing with numerous local rock cover groups in his hometown. Always interested in evolving as a musician, he joined the youth percussion group at Brasília's “Teatro Nacional” (National Theater, home of Brasília's Symphony Orchestra). De Souza's constant interest in elaborate music eventually brought him to Jazz. While a junior in high school, he used his summer vacation in Brazil to study with Joe Morello in New Jersey. Upon graduating from high school, de Souza came back to the US to continue his studies with Mr. Morello and attend college. ​ Since settling in Northern New Jersey in 2004, de Souza has been very active in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. He has performed at some of the finest jazz venues and festivals (mostly as a band leader) with his two groups: Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz) and Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz)....
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”Souza's briskly swinging touch and interactive instincts fuel this date (Here. There...), which includes outsdanding solo contributions from pianist Carl Viggiani (Powell's ”Consolação”), flugelhornist Gregory Rivkin (”I Can't Get Started”) and vibraphonist Jerry Weir (Cedar Walton's “Firm Roots”). Mike Stern guests on Nascimento's lyrical “Vera Cruz” and burns on Joe Henderson's “Inner Urge”.” Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine.

“Here. There... is a solid mix of Brazilian music and jazz standards.” Woodrow Wilkins, All About Jazz.

“De Souza belongs at a drum kit.” Zan Stewart, Star Ledger.

“This CD (”Here. There...”) sounds like a group of talented musicians got together with songs that they liked, went into the studio and had a lot of fun. Drummer Mauricio de Souza spearheaeded the project ... to deliver a wide variety of material choices.” Marcia Hillman, All About Jazz New York (currently The New York City Jazz Record).

“De Souza is a talented drummer and the driving engine on this album (”Here. There...”), able to play in many styles with a delicate touch on the snare contrasting the heavy bottom of his bass drum.” Marcia Hillman, All About Jazz New York (currently The New York City Jazz Record).

“Each of the tracks on this album (”Here. There...”) is a little gem and since there is enough variety to suit many tasted, this CD will probably garner much play. It is an exciting offering that is good for the ears and the spirit.” Marcia Hillman, All About Jazz New York (currently The New York City Jazz Record).

“Here. There... has been well recieved critically and commercially ... We dig it big time and we're sure you will, too.” Steven Froias, Tri City News.

“Together with bassist Morrie Louden the rhythm section has more swing than Derek Jeter as Mauricio's colorful accents perfectly underscore Carl Viggiani's speedy and free flowing piano solos on “Casa Forte” and “Consolação”. By Ryan Sparks, Sea of Tranquility website (on “Here. There...”)

“In my opinion why the music on this disc (Here. There...) works so well is because it strikes a perfect balance somewhere between restrained and cut it loose. You have light and wistfully textured ballads “I Can't Get Started” and “Here. There...” sitting right alongside the exotic and muscular grooves of “Chovendo na Roseira” and “Vera Cruz”.” By Ryan Sparks, Sea of Tranquility website (on “Here. There...”)

“Through it all De Souza is the anchor and the glue holding it all together and save for a few places here and there, where he steps up to the forefront and breaks into a short solo, his playing for the most part is as refined as it is understated. For De Souza you get the distinct impression that his goal here definitely isn't to demonstrate a lot of flash, but to serve the song and the arrangement.” By Ryan Sparks, Sea of Tranquility website (on “Here. There...”)

“Here. There... gives the listener a great indication of just how effortlessly Mauricio De Souza is able to navigate seamlessly through these two styles of jazz. Basically if you appreciate the traditional jazz format but also like to have a bit of spice on the side, then you'll definitely want to check this one out.” By Ryan Sparks, Sea of Tranquility website (on “Here. There...”)

“With an alternately authoritative and feathery touch on the drums, de Souza has a bright future in jazz.” Richard Skelly, U.S. 1.

“Here. There...: ... Brazil grooves with a lounge and jazz twist that make even the chestnuts sound fresh. A solid, fully packed disc of upbeat happy music that will do nothing less than drive away the blues. ... Right on the money throughout, it is sophisticated and savvy with just the right amount of funk and winks to keep it right in your pocket. Every adult in need of a sonic fix should put this on their portable player pronto. Well done.” Chris Spector, Midwest Record.

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West Orange, NJ

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11 years of private studies with Joe Morello. Bachelor's degree in Performance (jazz and classical). Teaching Certification (K-12). Available for private lessons. Please contact me for availability and rates: 973-651-7281,

Clinic/Workshop Information:
A basic clinic would include: explanation and discussion of basic drum techniques; basic rock, jazz, and Brazilian jazz rhythms; how to apply these techniques in a musical way in a group setting. More involved clinics are certainly possible. Open to specific requests. Available for clinics. Please contact me for availability and rates: 973-651-7281,

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