“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
Samuel Martinelli is a talented Brazilian drummer, composer and educator based in New York City. He has performed with notable musicians including, Alcione, Misha Steinhauer, Hendrik Meurkens, Marcus McLaurine, Tomoko Ohno, Nilson Matta, André J. Thomas, John Lee, M Maurice Peress, Itaiguara Brandao and Rob Block among many others. 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, Crossing Paths, was released in May 2018 and received glowing reviews.
Brazilian trumpeter, Claudio Roditi, has fourteen critically acclaimed albums, a Grammy nomination and a busy international touring schedule that includes the most prestigious Jazz festivals in the world. A strikingly proficient technician, Roditi brings enormous zest and fire to his playing. Claudio integrates post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts with ease and plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps him in demand as a leader, a studio musician and a sideman.