Young drummer from Rome. Born in 1993, Lorenzo Mastrogregori is deeply rooted in jazz tradition as much he’s a rock music lover. He wants his music to be as deep as rock but preserving the freedom and complexity of jazz. He believes in tradition and wants to dig back to the origins and reasons of the music he loves.
At the moment he is active in Italy and the Netherlands with his own quartet Southern Rebellion and he leads a Big Band based in Den Haag (where he lives), the MB Big Band.
He studied music since he was very young, singing in a choir, then he started playing and studying drums with the teacher Mario Paliano. During the early secondary school he also studied classical guitar and won an award in a young soloist competition. At the age of 14 he was taught by the drummer Enrico Rossetti, focusing on pop-rock music at ‘Scuderie Capitani’, a rock-drum academy headed by Luca Capitani, a famous italian drummer/producer/sideman. At the age of 17, he was inspired by Ellade Bandini to play jazz at a summer camp near Rome. After high school he decided to carry on studying music to become a professional musician. In 2015 he graduated in Jazz Drums at Frosinone (IT) Conservatoire. In the same year he moved to Den Haag (NL) to study at Koninkijk Conservatorium where he graduated in 2019 and he’s currently gaining a Master degree.
Among others Lorenzo studied with: Gregory Hutchinson (Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Rosenwinkel), Eric Ineke (Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Rein de Graaf), Ettore Fioravanti (Paolo Fresu), Cristiano Micalizzi (Max Gazzé), Stefan Kruger (New Cool Collective, Caro Emerald, Zuco 103).
He took part in Masterclasses with: Han Bennink, Ellade Bandini, Colin Stranaham, Jeff Ballard, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Enrico Pieranunzi, Rob van Bavel, Johen Plomp, Snarky Puppy, Kevin Hays, Reuben Rogers, Johnatan Kreisberg, Jason Lindner, Peter Bernstein, Matt Penman and many others.
In 2018 he performed with the Metropole Academy Big Band in Hilversum for a special tribute to the Metropole Orkest Big Band.
He performs as a professional musician in Rome and all around Italy with several bands and projects: with the indie-pop band Fake Plastic Sundays in 2010-11, with Voxel Three in 2011-13 and with BAM trio in 2014-15. Actually he’s the drummer of Federica Lorusso Trio and he leads the MB Big Band in Den Haag.
He worked as a teacher when he was in Italy and in the Nederlands he’s giving private lessons