Mauricio de Souza

Instrument: Drums | Location: Newark

Born: November 11, 1979

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 was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello. He has also studied with Ney Rosauro and 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 age eleven. Within a few months, he began performing with numerous local rock cover bands 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 spent his summer vacation to study with Joe Morello in New Jersey. Upon graduating from high school, de Souza returned to the US to continue his studies with Mr. Morello and attend college.

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”A gifted and chameleonic drummer, Brazilian native Mauricio de Souza has, for more than a decade, proven to be a sought-after percussion force in the states since relocating to New Jersey in 2004. An excellent sideman and collaborator, Mauricio shines as a bandleader as he heads up a unique set of solo projects.” - Seton Hawkins, Hot House Jazz Magazine

“The alto-vibes frontline along with the fresh treatments of the repertoire gives Bossa Brasil its own individual group sound. While much of the music is mellow and melodic, it has its heated moments with plenty of subtle surprises heard along the way.” - Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist/Historian/Author

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


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

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