​​"I have performed and recorded "Harlem" (Duke Ellington) with master drummers and Samuel's mastery and interpretation was easily in their league."
Maestro Maurice Peress

​​Samuel Martinelli is a drummer, composer and educator based in New York City. With a degree in Music Therapy, worked during college years with elderly and young adults. His studies were focused developing programs relating Music Therapy and Music Education.​​​​​​​​​​​

In 2014 moved to New York City with his wife Carina to attend the City University of New York - Queens College for the Master Program of Jazz Studies, where he had the opportunity to study with the great musician Dennis Mackrel.

"A versitile player, groovy, yet subtle and intriguing and never too loud - the perfect drummer for a singer."
german singer Misha Steinhauer

Since moved to US, he had the opportunity to play and record with great musicians, names such the Grammy Nominated Claudio Roditi, Latin Grammy Awarded Brazilian singer Alcione, Misha Steinhauer, Hendrik Meurkens, Marcus McLaurine, Tomoko Ohno, Grammy Nominated Nilson Matta, John Lee, Dr Andre Thomas, Maestro Maurice Peress, Itaiguara Brandao, Luiz Simas, among others.

Samuel has been performing in major venues such Stern Auditorium Carnegie Hall in New York City, LeFrak Hall NYC, Shangai Jazz Club, New jersey Performing Arts Center, South Orange Performing Arts Center, Trumpets Jazz Club, Zinc Bar NYC, Jazz Forum, DownTown Westfield Jazz  Festival, Monmouth Library Jazz Series, RockWood, among other music venues in US and Brazil.

Samuel also works regularly in other projects. 
One of them is the “Tres Urbanos” group, composed by the great Brazilian bass player Itaiguara Brandao and the guitar player Wesley Amorim. "Tres Urbanos" is a Brazilian Music group focused on playing bossa nova, choro, baiao, other Brazilian Music styles, and original compositions. The trio is playing regularly in the NYC area.

As educator Samuel created the Brazilian Music Workshop Project called “Brazilian Clef”. The project consists in Performances and Masterclasses about Brazilian Music, giving the opportunity to music students and public in general to know more about Brazilian Music, its history and characteristics. Past masterclasses were held at Queens College in NYC, and Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut.

His last project is the production of his first album which will feature Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Marcus McLaurine on bass and Tomoko Ohno on piano. The album is in process of final production and will be released in 2018.​

Samuel Martinelli

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