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Jazz Music Drummer Mauricio Zottarelli Quintet, Blue Note, NY, Aug. 6


Jazz music drummer Mauricio Zottarelli ( ) performs music from his CD album 7 Lives with his quintet on Saturday evening (into Sunday), August 6, at 12:30 AM at The Blue Note ( ) 131 W. 3rd Street, New York City, 215-475-8592. The band features Mauricio Zottarelli (MZ) on drums; Rodrigo Ursaia on saxes and flute; Oriente Lopez on keys and flute; Gustavo Assai Brasil on guitar; and Itaiguara Brandao on bass.

The Blue Note jazz performance is an oasis in the middle of a summer full of spirited performances for Zottarelli, as a sideman with leading jazz music artists - including tours with jazz music guitarist Chuck Loeb and Carmen Cuesta in Japan, and then jazz music pianist Eliane Elias in Europe and Brazil, along with teching at the prestigious California Brazil Camp.

Passion is what drives MZ’s playing and creativity and bubbles over with every phrase. On “Passion”, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli added: “I believe the most difficult thing for us all is identifying what our true passion is. We all love many things, but to be passionate about something is a lifelong quest – it requires constant nurturing, care, and we have to surrender ourselves fully to it. The ultimate reward for this effort is immeasurable, and even though this reward may come in small doses throughout life, it will naturally help us to continue following our passion and have us on the right path always"

Drummer and Composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been a leader on the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes for a number of years. Hailing from a family of musical people, Mauricio was born in Santos, SP, Brazil and grew up in Rio Claro, SP. The intense musical environment, surrounding Zottarelli, inspired him to choose a career in music — or as he remarks, music chose him.

He graduated Berklee College of Music ( ) in 2002 after completing studies in Film Scoring, Arranging and Performance, followed by studies with South Indian guitar player Prasanna, and piano and composition with renowned jazz instructor Charlie Banacos. MZ moved to the Big Apple in 2006.

7 Lives ( ) is Mauricio’s first jazz music CD album as a leader and is available through iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Dig Station. Mauricio has also participated in more than 70 CD albums as both a drummer and percussionist.

Among his many colorful contributions in 2010-11, Mauricio performed on the new album by the legendary Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador, and has played with his group on two continents - in Brazil and the USA. Mauricio’s list of performance/recording credits include: Hiromi, Dig Trio, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Cláudio Roditi, Chuck Loeb, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Cidinho Teixeira group, Gustavo Assis Brasil, Marc Rossi Group, Hendrik Meurkens, and many others.

Zottarelli is most well known for his impeccable time, groove, musicality, and facility on the drum set, in addition to his facility to play easily in many different styles, Mauricio is often heard performing with some of the most preeminent jazz, fusion, pop/rock, Latin, and Brazilian artists around the world.

“Mauricio Zottarelli is a machine! Keep your eyes on him.” - Drum Pro Magazine

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