Michael Lauren

Michael Lauren

Instrument: Drums | Location: Lisbon

Michael Lauren is a master of time. You will be awed by Lauren’s ability to play in the pocket, while consistently referencing melody. He plays with the biggest ears, which serve not only for essential listening, but also to marvel and comment on the balletic approach of the other players.

Updated: November 2, 2020

Born: January 16, 1950

Born in New York on January 16, 1950, Michael Lauren has been drumming since the age of eight. His artistry crosses the boundaries of jazz, blues, funk, rock, and world music. Michael attended The Johns Hopkins University B.A., The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Berklee College of Music. He is a founding member of the world renowned Drummers Collective, NYC, where he taught for over twenty-five years. Michael was the Professor of Drum Set Studies (Ret.) and was the Jazz Department Chairman (2005-2010, 2015-2017) at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. He is currently Professor of Drum Set studies at the Escuela Superior de Música Jam Session Barcelona. Michael is also the Founder/Artistic director of The International Drum Academy in Lisboa, Portugal.

Michael has performed and/or recorded with Chuck Berry, Charles Brown, Tom Jones, Benny Golson, Tom Harrell, Bob Stewart, Dena DeRose, Milt Hinton, Rick Margitza, Markus Burger, Bob Mintzer,Jerry Jemmott, Kenny Davern, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Silje Nergaard, Ted Curson, Robert Kraft, Don Sebesky, Darlene Love, Martha Reeves, Max Ionata, Cornelius Bumpus, Teo Macero, The Drifters, The Coasters, Eileen Ivers, Bobby Radcliff, T.M. Stevens, Grant Green Jr. Orquestra Jazz Algarve, Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos, Orquestra Jorge Costa Pinto, Quinteto Mario Santos, The Postcard Brass Band, Hugo Alves Quartet, 2 Tubas & Friends and many others. Michael has also led his own bands Bashier, Magister Ludi and The Michael Lauren All Stars, whose debut CD“Once Upon A Time In Portugal” (2016) and their followup CD “Old School / Fresh Jazz” (2018) were not only highly praised by both Portuguese and International jazz critics but were chosen as one of the 10 best national albums (Portugal) of 2016 and 2018 respectivelyby Arte Sonora.

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”When the new mainstream threatens to be no more than a dead end alley, Michael takes it back to where it belongs, providing swing, passion and dynamics”. João Moreira Santos - “Jazz a Dois” - Antenna 2 (Portugal)

“Michael Lauren leaves a masterly and hopeful footprint with this great recorded work, in which he joins the past and the present, with effort, talent and creative originality. This is a magnificent recording with eloquent improvisations”. José Antonio García López - Tomajazz (España)

“Drummer Michael Lauren delivers a no-nonsense blowing date of hard bop-style jazz

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Teacher Drummers Collective (NYC) 25 years Professor Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. Founder and artistic director of The International Drum Academy, Lisbon, Portugal. Hours and Rates upon request

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Workshops/MasterClasses over the years: What Make A Complete Drummer? Understanding Rhythm Creating the Monster Groove American Musical Drumming Styles Cross Rhythms and Polyrhythms on the Drum Set Odd Meter Drumming Rudiments and their application on the Drum Set Jazz Drumming – A Stylistic Approach History of Jazz Drumming Concepts and Approaches to Drum Soloing Michael Lauren www.michael-lauren.com [email protected] 351 918 409 620