​​"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 where he had the opportunity to study with the great drummer Dennis Mackrel. In 2016 Samuel earned a Master Degree in Jazz Studies by that university.

"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 has playing and recording with world renowed musicians and composers. Since 2017 Samuel has performing as part of the multi-Grammy nominated trumpet player Claudio Roditi's group. 

He has also performed with Latin Grammy Awarded Brazilian singer Alcione in her USA tour in 2017, awarded German singer Misha Steinhauer, one of the most important harmoncia e vibe players in jazz today Hendrik Meurkens, Clarke Terry's former bass player Marcus McLaurine, awarded Japanese pianist Tomoko Ohno, Grammy Nominated bassist Nilson Matta, former Dizzy Gillespie bass player John Lee, world renowed choir composer Dr Andre Thomas, Maestro Maurice Peress who worked directly with Duke Ellington, great Brazilian bass player Itaiguara Brandao, jazz guitarrist Rob Block, 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, Scranton Jazz Festival, Zinc Bar NYC, Jazz Forum, DownTown Westfield Jazz  Festival, Monmouth Library Jazz Series, RockWood, among other music venues in US and Brazil.

Samuel is endorsed by Canopus Drums, a Japanese drum company which stands as one of the most important drum companies in the world today.

Other projects lead or co-lead by Samuel include “Tres Urbanos” group, composed by the great Brazilian bass player Itaiguara Brandao and the guitar player Wesley Amorim. The group focus on developing a Brazilian music oriented repertoire that goes from 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. The project has been feautured at Queens College in NYC since 2017, and Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut in 2017 and 2018.

More info at the Projects page.

In 2018 he produced and recorded his first album as a leader which features Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Marcus McLaurine on bass and Tomoko Ohno on piano. The album called Crossing Paths had a first release at Trumpets Jazz Club in May 2018. More info on the Recordings page.

Samuel Martinelli

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