Drummer Massimo de Majo would have little difficulty measuring up to New York's best. Scott Yanow
Massimo de Majo is a percussionist, an educator, and probably one of the most well kept secrets in European Jazz. Never indulging in self promotion, Massimo has often taken directions which have radically changed his career, so - while not widely known by the general public - he's highly regarded by his peers as a true artist and a musicians' musician.
Italian, born in Rome in 1957, he has spent most of his career abroad, performing with some of the most influential jazz artists in Europe, U.S.A., Scandinavia and Japan.
During the last thirty years, focusing mostly on performing and teaching, Massimo has also composed for theatre, contemporary dance, video, sound design and installation art.
Asked about his career, he replies: I must say that I've been extremely fortunate. My musical existence has been shaped by wonderful encounters, studies and direct apprenticeships with some of the greatest artists: masters as NEA Jazz Master David Liebman, Elvin Jones, Marvin Bugalu Smith, Horace Parlan, Billy Hart, Max Roach, Richie Beirach, Wayne Shorter, Buster Williams, Harold Land, Carlos Santana and Larry Coryell have led me to become the individual I am today. Being with them has enriched my life more than I could ever expect, and I will always be grateful to them.