Samuel Martinelli

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+1 - 917 - 863 - 9737
Up Coming Performances

June 2019

15th - Samuel Martinelli Trio
Winnie's Jazz Bar Manhattan
With Jay Leonhart, and Tomoko Ohno
8 - 11.30pm 


25th - Samuel Martinelli Trio
Winnie's Jazz Bar Manhattan
With Marcus McLaurine, and Tomoko Ohno
8 - 11pm


With ZambUp Band
Thursdays at DaDong Manhattan - 5 - 9pm
8th and 22nd at Refinery Hotel
​​​​​​" Samuel Martinelli is one of the most talented musicians to come out of Brazil in recent times. His taste playing drums is impecable, 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's bass player for 25 years / Count Basie Big Band / William Paterson University Faculty)

“​​​Crossing Paths, the debut from New York-based Brazilian drummer Samuel Martinelli, is a quartet date rich in rhythmic verve. Martinelli provides strong originals, puts his own stamp on a classic or two, adds hearty support, and delivers with grace while his seasoned colleagues—trumpeter Claudio Roditi, bassist Marcus McLaurine, and pianist Tomoko Ohno—magnify his intentions and find deeper meaning in the notes and tones of the project.”  All About Jazz

​​“... as warm and inviting as you would want modern Brazilian jazz to be. Well done."  Midwest Record


"Samuel is a drummer that is musical and supportive in his choice of drum sonority and playing”  Modern Jazz Today

Crossing Paths is the first album lead by Samuel Martinelli with six original compositions and two jazz standards. The album features the multi-Grammy nominated Claudio Roditi on trumpet, the former Clark Terry's bass player Marcus McLaurine, and the awarded Japanese pianist Tomoko Ohno.​

Since the evening of November 21, 1962, when Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Sergio Mendes, and Oscar Castro-Neves, among other noted Brazilian musicians, introduced bossa nova to America at the landmark Carnegie Hall concert, Brazilian music became a part of American music. In particular, it worked its way into the jazz world. This now-historic concert marked the start of many great artistic collaborations between American artists and the Brazilian artists premiering their unique music that evening.   
Crossing Paths, updates and continues the tradition of this beautiful relationship between Brazilian music and jazz.

You can find the album on   iTunes ,   Amazon , or Band Camp for high resolution audio quality. For physical copy (CD), please email [email protected]

Samuel uses Canopus Drums - RFM Model