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Mauricio de Souza

Born in Brasília, Brazil, de Souza performs mostly with his two groups: Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz) and Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz).

About Me

I was born in Brasília, Brazil and began playing drums when I was almost 12 years old. After playing rock for a few years, I got very interested in Jazz and, currently, I specialize in traditional Jazz and Brazilian Jazz styles. Since settling in northern New Jersey, I have been having the great pleasure to play with some of my favorite musicians. I studied with world renowned Jazz drummer and master teacher Joe Morello for eight years. I also had a year of private studies with distinguished all-round percussion teacher Glenn Weber. I had the great honor to study classical percussion with Ney Rosauro. Aside from the inspiration of Mr. Morello, other influential performers include Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira, Dave Weckl, Roy Haynes, and Bill Stewart. Since moving to northern New Jersey in 2004, I have been very active in the NY/NJ metropolitan area, performing at some of the finest jazz venues and festivals mostly as a band leader. October 2013: I'm currently releasing my latest album, "Different Directions" (Pulsa Music). The album features two original compositions of mine, one original composition by Sharel Cassity, and seven of my arrangements of compositions by Tom Jobim, Edu Lobo, Ney Rosauro, Luis Eca, Webster/Kaper, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chick Corea. I had the immense pleasure and honor to record with Mike Stern (guitar), Marc Copland (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), John Lee (electric bass), Sharel Cassity (alto, soprano, tenor saxes, flute), Greg Gisbert (trumpet/flugelhorn), Miho Nobuzane (piano), Ben Winkelman (piano), and Jerry Weir (vibes). "Different Directions" has recently made it into Jazz Week. The official CD release party will be at Blue Note on Saturday, November 16th, 2013. For details and much more, please visit my website at Fall 2010: My new record, "Here. There..." (Pulsa Music) has recently been released. The album combines both my groups, Maurício de Souza Group and Bossa Brasil®. The musicians involved in the project are: Maurício de Souza (drums), Mike Stern (guitar), Andrew Beals (alto sax), Gregory Rivkin (trumpet), Carl Viggiani and Noah Haidu (piano), Jerry Weir (vibes), and Morrie Louden (bass). "Here. There..." is now available online at DigStation (, CD Baby (, and at live performances. "Here. There..." was very well received by critics and fans. Please visit my website at to view articles, reviews, Jazz Week charts, and much more. Maurício de Souza Group performs a variety of Jazz standards from Miles to Metheny. The group concentrates on performing the most refined tunes from numerous Jazz eras. The challenging arrangements include tunes in 3/4, 5/4, and 7/4 time as well as modal tunes. Bossa Brasil® performs the most sophisticated Brazilian music. The repertoire includes compositions by Brazil’s most outstanding artists such as Tom Jobim, Egberto Gismonti, Roberto Menescal, Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo, Victor Assis Brasil, Hermeto Pascoal, Baden Powell, Luiz Eça, and Pixinguinha. Some of the even more exotic rhythms explored by the group include “Baião” and "Chorinho." Esteemed performers Sharel Cassity (alto Sax), Andrew Beals (alto sax), Carl Viggiani (piano), Noah Haidu (piano), Ben Winkelman (piano), Jerry Weir (vibes), Gary Mazzaroppi (bass), and Hélio Alves (piano), have contributed highly to the advanced melodic material, original sound, and intense drive of the groups.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it allows me to fully express myself artistically. I was first exposed to jazz at home and in my dad's car, he used to (and still does) play all sorts of records. I met Marc Copland while parking to go hear him play at Birdland in 2010. He's one of my favorite Jazz pianists, it was a great pleasure and honor to record with him. The best show I ever attended was Chick Corea's Electric Band during Chick's 70th birthday celebration at Blue Note in 2012. The first jazz record I bought was Dave Weckl's Master Plan. My advice to new listeners... Enjoy! And also explore, there's so much talent and so many great albums out there. "The secret to failure: trying to please everyone. The secret to success: being too dumb to quit."

My Favorites

  1. Shostakovich's 11th;
  2. Dave Brubeck, Live at Carnegie Hall;
  3. Buddy Rich, Europe 77;
  4. Mike Stern, These Times;
  5. Dave Weckl, Live (and Very Plugged In).