SUMMIT, NJ - Brazilian jazz drummer Maurício de Souza and his Bossa Brasil Quartet will perform a special CD release tour concert as part of the Latin Jazz @ MONDO music series June 24 beginning at 8 p.m. de Souza will be joined for by Anton Denner on alto sax, Jerry Weir on vibraphone, and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass as they celebrate the music on the recently-released "Trajetórias" plus other Bossa Brasil favorites.
de Souza has been performing and directing his own groups for the past 13 years. Originally from Brasilia, Brasil, he has settled in northern New Jersey. A pupil of Joe Morello, Mauricio easily transitions between straight ahead jazz and Brazilian jazz. As a band leader, de Souza has released three commercial albums including the latest recording and has performed in prestigious venues and festivals in New York, New Jersey and beyond.
In New York, de Souza has been heard at The Blue Note --with his group, Bossa Brasil) -- and performed monthly at Garage Jazz Club for several years, while also appearing 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.
De Souza's previous albums, "Here. There..." and "Different Directions" have achieved high critic and public acclaim. Both albums were covered in Jazz Week and were featured on WBGO, Sirius XM, Pandora, Music Choice, and numerous radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Canary Islands and Venezuela.
2016 brought the release of de Souza's third commercial album, “Trajetórias”. It features Bossa Brasil in a live concert at Galeria West in Westfield. The repertoire highlights de Souza's arrangements of compositions by Tom Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, and Pat Metheny. “Trajetórias” is currently being played on radio stations in the U.S., Canada, and Brazil. For the opening CD release concert at Saint Peter's Church in New York City, de Souza was featured in the January, 2017 issue of Hot House Jazz Magazine.
Concert tickets are priced at $20 in advance, $25 at the door., and are available by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com, by calling 908-301-9496, or in-person at MONDO.
MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.