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Massimo de Majo

"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 that 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, the 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 such 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."

A drummer with an intense energy flow, wide dynamics, and an acute sense for interplay, de Majo is as comfortable playing free-form music, as well as within more structured frameworks. He has now reached a very individual sound summoning inspiration from masters Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Pete La Roca, Eddie Blackwell, and Billy Hart.

Currently living in the UK, Massimo de Majo is on the visiting faculty of the University of Malta teaching several different courses at the Music Dept. He shares his life and his work with performing artist Biancamaria Stanzani Ghedini and their daughter Delfina.

For more information, you can... listen to Massimo's music on SoundCloud:




Min-On Arts Award


Pearl drums, a few Turkish K's, and a couple of Ufip cymbals.

Congas by Vincenzo Ridolfi


"Drummer Massimo de Majo would have little difficulty measuring up to New York's best." Scott Yanow

Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Advanced only


More than 30 years of experience. Taught over 6000 hours of master classes and workshops. Lecturer at the University of Malta (2009-2013), and at Plymouth University (2014).

John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Dave Liebman
saxophone, soprano
Max Roach




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