Samuel Martinelli

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

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

​​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.

Moved to New York City with his wife Carina to attend the Aaron Copland School of music at the City University of New York - Queens College, for a Master Degree in Jazz Studies, where studied with the great drummer and arranger Dennis Mackrel.

Since moved to US, Samuel has performed and recorded with world renowned musicians and composers. He is the current drummer for the multi-Grammy nominated trumpet player Claudio Roditi’s group. Other names include Latin Grammy awarded Alcione, Hendrik Meurkens, Marcus McLaurine (former bass player for Clark Terry), Grammy nominated bassist Nilson Matta, guitarist Paul Meyers, John Lee (former bass player for Dizzy Gillespie), awarded Japanese pianist Tomoko Ohno,  Maestro Maurice Peress, german singer Misha Steinhauer, great Brazilian bass player Itaiguara Brandao, jazz guitarist Rob Block.

Samuel has performed in venues such Stern Auditorium at Carnegie hall for six times, including the premiere of the piece Credo, wrote by the world renowned choir composer Dr Andre Thomas. Also LeFrak Hall NYC, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, South Orange Performing Arts Center, Shangai Jazz Club, Jazz Forum, Trumpets Jazz Club, Scranton Jazz Festival, Zinc Bar NYC, Downtown Westfield Jazz Festival, Monmouth Library Jazz Series, Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, RockWood music Hall in NYC, among other music venues in US and Brazil.

In 2018, he released his first album as a leader, Crossing Paths, that featured Claudio Roditi, Tomoko Ohno, and Marcus McLaurine. The album received good reviews, including AllAboutJazz. The album was released at Trumpets Jazz club and Jazz Forum at the end of 2018. Check more about the album here.

As educator Samuel created the Brazilian Music Workshop Project called “Brazilian Clef”. The project consists in Performances and Masterclasses about Brazilian Music. Masterclasses were presented at Queens College for the Jazz Master Degree students in 2017 and 2018, and Litchfield Jazz Camp in 2017 and 2018.

In 2017, Samuel received the Visa for "people with extraordinary ability" from the US government.
The same year he started to be endorsed by the Japanese company Canopus drums, one of the most important drum companies in the world today.


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