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Take Five With Mauricio de Souza

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Meet Mauricio de Souza:

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in 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: Highlight performances include appearances at Blue Note NY, NJPAC, Festival International de Jazz de Quebec, DiMenna Center, Kitano Hotel, Saint Peter's Church, Gates Pub (Brazil), among other prestigious venues/festivals.

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

Instrument(s):

Drums.

Teachers and/or influences?

Teacher: Joe Morello.

Influences: Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira, Bill Stewart, Roy Haynes, Dave Weckl, and Dennis Chambers.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

Playing drums became the most important activity in my life.

Your sound and approach to music:

I strive to play my instrument as well and melodic as possible. I approach the music I play with a lot of respect. I listen to and study many aspects of it, and I focus on developing an appropriate yet experimental and unique style of playing. I'm always pushing myself forward; music is a lifelong learning experience.

Your teaching approach:

Before anything, I do my best to make my students as comfortable as possible during their lessons. I think one can learn a lot more in a friendly environment. I believe it is important for musicians to be well-rounded and, at least, familiar with and able to play (to a certain degree) most styles of music. At the same time, I believe that eventually it is important to work with the student on his/her chosen genre.

Your dream band:

Man, if I could put together Chick Corea, Paul Desmond, Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern, and Stanley Clarke in the same room, I would be in heaven. I've had the great pleasure to work with Mike Stern. It was an unforgettable experience.

Road story: Your best or worst experience:

One of the most exciting gigs I ever had was when I performed at Blue Note with Bossa Brasil® for the third time. We were playing the late set on a Saturday night. I had a great band with me with Dmitry Baevsky on alto saxophone, Jerry Weir on vibes, Robert Rodriguez on piano, and Joonsam Lee on bass. It is always an immense pleasure to play at Blue Note but this time it was extra special. We were playing after Roy Haynes' band, featuring Pat Metheny. No pressure, right? I remember Pat was set up on stage left and that's where I set up my drums (piano was on stage right). I just kept thinking that moments before, one of my all-time heroes was playing at that exact same spot. It was an unforgettable night.

Favorite venue:

Blue Note in New York and Mondo in New Jersey.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

Artistically, my new album, Five Roads, is my favorite because it features mostly my own compositions. In particular, the track "Bebeto" is the best tune I have written so far in my opinion. It is challenging to play and it is truly transcendent. I remember getting the chills multiple times when we were recording it. Andrew Beals (alto saxophone, Bob Rodriguez (piano), and Gary Mazzaroppi (bass) did an outstanding job in helping to bring the music to life.

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Technically it was a fusion album: Dave Weckl's Master Plan.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

Lately, I have been trying to explore new possibilities in Brazilian jazz by writing and performing my own music.

Did you know...

I am left handed but play a right handed drum set configuration. My first drum teacher never asked me whether I was right or left handed until a year into lessons. And he did because he saw me writing something down with my left hand. When he noticed, he said, "Why didn't you tell me before?! We could have been working on a whole different style of playing!" To which I replied, "I didn't know... I didn't know anything about drums!" In a way I am grateful I play a regular right handed set up. It is particularly helpful when sitting in on jam sessions or on someone else's drums since most drummers are right handed.

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