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musician | producer

Samuel Martinelli is a musician, producer, and educator based in New York City. He has shared the stage with Grammy nominated and Latin Grammy winners artists, and performed in major venues such Carnegie Hall in NYC, LeFrak Hall, jazz clubs and festivals in US.

With a Master Degree in Jazz Studies from City University of New York - Queens College, he was the drummer for the multi Grammy-nominated trumpet player Claudio Roditi group for about three years, and recorded his own album as a leader featuring the master trumpet player.


Samuel is a teaching artist at New Jersey Performing Arts Centers, one of the most important arts and education institutions in US, and has given workshops and masterclasses about jazz and Brazilian music at universities and other educational institutions, besides working at private music schools around NYC.

For Booking and Inquires

​​​​​​​​" Samuel Martinelli is one of the most talented musicians to come out of Brazil in recent times. His taste playing drums is impeccable, either playing Brazilian music or American jazz. I have used him on most of my recent work and have been very happy with his performances."​​
Claudio Roditi (Multi Grammy-nominated / Dizzy Gillespie / Paquito D'Rivera / McCoy Tyner)

"... a master drummer and an extraordinary musician."​​​
Dennis Mackrel ( Count Basie / Village Vanguard Orchestra / Hank Jones / Queens College Faculty)

"Samuel is one of the up and coming young musicians/composers on the New York scene. He encompasses the real feeling of Jazz in his approaching to the music and he truly understands the nuances of swing drumming. He has a very bright future ahead.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"​​

Marcus McLaurine (Clark Terry / Count Basie Big Band / William Paterson University Faculty)

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