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Michael Lauren All Stars

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A new phase of my life began in the fall of 2003 when I accepted an invitation to become the Professor of Drum Set studies at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. Confident that I would contribute to the musical life of Portugal, I left NYC knowing that it was important for me to find a group of musicians who want to share their musical ideas and play the music I love to play. Thus, my All Star band was created. As a result of this collaboration between many of Portugal’s finest jazz musicians/composers and myself, this album, “Once Upon A Time in Portugal,” was realized. When thinking about how I wanted to make this recording, I decided to do it the old fashioned New York way

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Michael Lauren

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New Yorker Michael Lauren (b.1950) began drumming at the age of eight. His artistry fuses the boundaries of jazz, blues, funk, rock, and world music. Michael attended Johns Hopkins University, The Peabody Conservatory 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 (2003-2020) and head of the Jazz Department (2005-2010 & 2015-2017) at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) Porto, Portugal.

He is currently Professor of Drum Set Studies at Escuela Superior de Música Jam Session Barcelona, España and is the founder / artistic director of The International Drum Academy Lisbon, Portugal.

Michael has performed and/or recorded with Benny Golson, Tom Harrell, Bob Stewart, Bob Mintzer, Milt Hinton, Ted Curson, Rick Margitza, Bill Frisell, Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Charles Brown, Tom Jones, Darlene Love, Martha Reeves, Don Sebesky, Teo Macero, Jerry Jemmott, Kenny Davern, Mike Stern, Silje Nergaard, Dena DeRose, Robert Kraft, Cornelius Bumpus, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bobby Radcliff, Popa Chubby, Grant Green Jr., T.M

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Article: Album Review

Michael Lauren All Stars: Once Upon A Time In Portugal

Read "Once Upon A Time In Portugal" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Drummer/educator Michael Lauren moved from New York City in 2003 to become the Professor of Drum Set studies at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. He formed his All Star band with some of Portugal's best jazz musicians to continue performing the hard bop he loves. Almost everyone contributes a ...


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