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Mauricio de Souza

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a professional jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello.

Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. His early interest in complex music led him to explore numerous styles ranging from progressive rock, to classical music, to jazz.

Since 2004, de Souza has directed/performed with his own groups: Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz) and Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz). As a band leader, he has released four albums to date: ˝Here. There…˝, ˝Different Directions˝, ˝Trajeórias˝, and ˝Five Roads˝ (new album). Lately, de Souza has been focusing more on his Brazilian Jazz project and writing his own compositions for that group.

Some of the amazing artists de Souza has had the pleasure of performing/recording with include Mike Stern (guitar), Marc Copland (piano), Greg Gisbert (trumpet), John Lee (electric bass), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Dmitry Baevsky (alto sax), and Adrian Cunningham (tenor sax).

Highlight performances as a band leader include appearances at Blue Note NY, NJPAC, Festival International de Jazz de Quebec, Westfield Downtown Jazz Festival, DiMenna Center, Kitano Hotel, Saint Peter’s Chruch, Gates Pub (Brazil), among many other prestigious venues/festivals.

De Souza and his music are/have been featured in Jazz Times Magazine, Hot House Jazz Magazine, NYC Jazz Record, WBGO, Music Choice, Pandora, Sirius XM, Jazz Week, and numerous radio stations in the US, Brazil, Canada, and Poland.


DW and Pearl drums and hardware; Sabian, Zildjian, and Paiste Cymbals; Pro-Mark and Regal Tip sticks.


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"...Maurício’s Bossa Brasil project is a masterpiece of subtlety.” - Raul da Gama, Hot House Jazz Magazine.

"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. On "Trajetórias".

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Primary Instrument




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, [email protected].

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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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Five Roads

Self Produced



Pitoca Music


Here. There...

Pulsa Music


Firm Roots

From: Here. There...
By Mauricio de Souza


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