Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. His good taste and finesse have allowed him to play in numerous settings with various accomplished musicians. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello. He has also studied with Ney Rosauro and distinguished all-round percussion teacher Glenn Weber. Aside from the inspiration of Mr. Morello, other influential performers include Buddy Rich, Airto Moreira, Dave Weckl, Roy Haynes, and Bill Stewart.
Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing the drums at age eleven. Within a few months, he began performing with numerous local rock cover bands 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’s constant interest in elaborate music eventually brought him to Jazz. While a junior in high school, he spent his summer vacation to study with Joe Morello in New Jersey. Upon graduating from high school, de Souza returned to the US to continue his studies with Mr. Morello and attend college.
Since settling in Northern New Jersey in 2004, de Souza has been very active in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. He has performed at some of the finest jazz venues and festivals (mostly as a band leader) with his two groups: Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz) and Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz).
In New York, de Souza has been heard at Blue Note (with his group, Bossa Brasil®), performs monthly at Garage Jazz Club, and has appeared at Smoke Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Lenox Lounge, Saint Peter’s Church, Kitano Hotel, Bar Next Door, Whitney Museum, New York Polish Consulate, Cutting Room, Via Brasil, SOB’s, New York Athletic Club, and Bubby’s (Brooklyn) among many others.
In New Jersey, de Souza has performed at NJPAC’s Sounds of the City, Trumpets Jazz Club (Montclair), Priory (Newark), Cornerstone (Metuchen), Salt Creek Grille (Princeton), Delta’s (New Brunswick), Cecil’s Jazz Club (West Orange), Tomaso’s Jazz Room (Edgewater), Cross Roads (Garwood), Chico’s House of Jazz (Asbury Park), Mohawk House (Sparta), Giamano’s (Bradley Beach), Moonstruck (Asbury Park), and Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Madison) to name a few.In Philadelphia, he has been heard at Chris’s and Ortlieb’s Jazz clubs. De Souza has also performed at Cubata in Waterbury, Connecticut and Lily Pad in Massachusetts.