Michael Lauren

Internationally recognized Musician/Educator.

About Me

Born in New York on January 16, 1950, Michael Lauren has been drumming since the age of eight. His artistry fuses 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 is currently Professor of Drum Set Studies and was the head of the Jazz Department at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal (2005-2010, 2015-2017). He is also the founder and artistic director of The International Drum Academy in Lisboa, Portugal. Michael has performed and/or recorded with Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Charles Brown, Tom Jones, Benny Golson, Tom Harrell, Bob Stewart, Dena DeRose, Bob Mintzer, Milt Hinton, Rick Margitza, Markus Burger, Jerry Jemmott, Kenny Davern, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Silje Nergaard, Ted Curson, Robert Kraft, Don Sebesky, Darlene Love, Martha Reeves, Cornelius Bumpus, Teo Macero, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bobby Radcliff, Grant Green Jr., link. Stevens, Orquestra de Jazz de Matosinhos, Jorge Costa Pinto Big Band, Quinteto Mario Santos, The Postcard Brass Band, Hugo Alves Quartet, Orquestra Jazz Algarve, 2 Tubas & Friends and many others. He 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 the follow up 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 respectively. Michael has worked in Broadway theatre productions and in the studios of New York recording jingles, industrials and albums, and was a staff drummer for the music publishing company Famous Music. The author of seven books: Welcome To Odd Times - An Approach To Mental and Manual Dexterity For The Drum Set, Rudiments and Variations For Drummers, The Book Of Silence, The Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming, Understanding Rhythm - A Guide To Reading Music, Rhythmic Fundamentals and Compreender Ritmo. Michael is an internationally recognized educator and clinician, and has written articles for Modern Drummer Magazine, The Percussive Arts Society's magazine Percussive Notes and Score Magazine, a subdivision of the PBS television series "Rock School" Michael endorses Yamaha Drums, Zildjian cymbals and sticks, Remo and Sky Gel Damper Pads.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2016-04-30

For me, jazz is passion, intelligence, joy, beauty, elegance, cohesiveness, sharing, exploration, excitement, honesty, soulfulness and dynamics. I heard and saw those qualities the first time I watched: a drum battle between Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, The Modern Jazz Quartet, The Count Basie Orchestra; listening to the record albums “Focus” (Stan Getz), “Blowin’ The Blues Away” (Horace Silver), “Round About Midnight” (Miles Davis), and watching the Tonight Show Orchestra on TV, as a kid. All those moments left indelible marks on me, all contributing to the musician I am today. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.