Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a Jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional Jazz and Brazilian Jazz styles. As an accomplished musician, band leader, composer, and arranger, de Souza has performed and recorded with such outstanding Jazz artists as Mike Stern, Marc Copland, John Lee, Gary Mazzaroppi, Greg Gisbert, Sharel Cassity, and Miho Nobuzane, among numerous others.
As a student of world renowned Jazz drummer and master teacher Joe Morello, de Souza developed a distinctive sound and approach to playing drums. Aside from the inspiration of Mr. Morello, other influential performers include Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira, Dave Weckl, Roy Haynes, and Bill Stewart.
Since settling in Northern New Jersey in 2004, de Souza has been very active in the NY/NJ metropolitan area, performing at some of the finest jazz venues and festivals as a band leader. His two groups, Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz) and Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz), perform exciting, sophisticated, and lyrical Jazz and Brazilian Jazz compositions. Both groups have been very well received by audiences, radio stations, and Jazz media in the US and Brazil. Internationally, de Souza performs yearly in his home town (Brasília, Brazil) with his quartet/quintet.
For more information on Maurício and his groups, please visit http://www.mauriciodesouzajazz.com.