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Maurício de Souza - CD Release
Mauricio de Souza, drums
Dmitry Baevsky, alto sax
Jerry Weir, vibes
Ben Winkelman, piano
Gary Mazzaroppi, acoustic bass

Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs inboth traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. His good taste and finessehave allowed him to play in numerous settings with various accomplishedmusicians. De Souza studied with world renowned Jazz drummer and master teacherJoe Morello for eight years. Aside from the inspiration of Mr. Morello, otherinfluential performers include Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira, Dave Weckl, RoyHaynes, and Bill Stewart. Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing the drums atthe age of eleven. Within a few months, he began performing with numerous localrock cover groups in his hometown. Always interested in evolving as a musician,he joined the youth percussion group at Brasília's "Teatro Nacional"(National Theater, home of Brasília's Symphony Orchestra). De Souza'sconstant interest in elaborate music eventually brought him to Jazz.While a junior in high school, he used his summer vacation in Brazil to study withJoe Morello in New Jersey. Upon graduating from high school, de Souza came backto the US to continue his studies with Mr. Morello and attend college. Since settling in Northern New Jersey in 2004, de Souza has beenvery active in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. He has performed at some of thefinest jazz venues and festivals (mostly as a band leader) with his two groups:Bossa Brasil® (BrazilianJazz) and Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz).

Highlightperformances include: upcoming CD release party at Blue Note, Saint Peter'sChurch, Kitano Hotel, Whitney Museum, New York Polish Consulate, NJPAC's Soundsof the City, Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, Morristown's FirstNight, performances for WBGO (88.3 FM).

In his numerous performances as a guest percussionist with OSTNCS(Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro de Brasília - Brazil),de Souza performed in the Brazilian premiere of Puccini's opera La Boheme andin the world premiere and recording of Cláudio Santoro's 9th and 11thSymphonies.

De Souza is releasing his new album, "Different Directions" (Pulsa Music), featuringboth Maurício de Souza Group and Bossa Brasil®. The album is alreadygetting radio airplay on WBGO (88.3 FM). The amazing musicians on the album are: Mike Stern (guitar), Marc Copland (piano), John Lee (electric bass), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Greg Gisbert (trumpet/flugelhorn), Sharel Cassity (alto,soprano, tenor saxes, flute), Miho Nobuzane (piano), Ben Winkelman (piano), and Jerry Weir (vibes).

In 2010, de Souza released his first commercial record entitled, "Here. There..." (Pulsa Music). The album features bothMaurício de Souza Group and Bossa Brasil® with very special guest Mike Stern (guitar). The amazing musicians on thealbum are: Andrew Beals (altosax), GregoryRivkin (trumpet), Carl Viggiani and NoahHaidu (piano), Jerry Weir (vibes), and Morrie Louden (bass).

With the release of "Here. There...", deSouza reached a much wider audience. The album reached #40 of the top 50 newreleases in the Jazz Week chart for national radio airplay, it ranked #17 ofthe top 30 jazz albums by Music Choice, and it was elected #1 Jazz Album byWWPV 88.7 FM (Burlington, VT). Here. There... was also elected "album ofthe week" by Solar Latin Club (Colombia). It was featured countless timeson WBGO (88.3 FM). Pandora internet radio and Sirius XM satellite radio haveadded "Here. There..." to their music libraries.

Here. There… was reviewed in Jazz Times Magazine, All About Jazz(online), All About Jazz NY (newspaper), Jazz Inside NY Magazine,, Sea of Tranquility (online), and The Midwest Record amongothers.

De Souza was featured in a one hour interview with Awilda Riverafor WBGO (88.3 FM). He also recorded a radio interview at the BBC Studio in NewYork with Ken Bader (NPR, PRI, BBC) for his show, “The World.”


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