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

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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,

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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

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