Bellotti, Sergio

  • Birth name: Sergio Bellotti
  • Born: 1968 Bari, Italy
  • Genres: Jazz, latin, world music
  • Occupation: Drummer, composer, educator, entrepreneur
  • Instruments: Drums, percussion, vocals
  • Years Active: 1983-present
  • Associated Acts: The Platters, Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Tom Scott, Bob James, Robben Ford, Nathan East, Rocco Ventrella, Gary Grainger, Dan Siegel and Alessandra Belloni
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Sergio Bellotti is an international artist and Renaissance man who has played with some of the worlds finest musicians.

Hailing from Bari, Italy, Sergio moved to Boston in 1995 to attend the Berklee College of Music. Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Sergio met his longtime musical partner, fellow Italian expatriate and bassist extraordinaire, Tino Dagostino. Together they founded and continue to lead Spajazzy, a jazz fusion group, which has featured guitarist Mike Stern on both of their CD releases.

In addition to his professorship at Berklee, Sergio serves as a visiting artist at the GM Drum School in Torino, Italy and as a faculty member at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Sergio is the founder of the Do You Speak Drumming? program and often travels to Europe to conduct clinics, concerts and master classes. He is a drum artist for both Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic drums.

Sergio has recorded or shared the stage with world class musicians such as Mike Stern, Tom Scott, Nathan East, Robben Ford, Alessandra Belloni, Bernard Purdie and Rocco Ventrella to name a few. He has performed at international festivals such as the Montreal Drum Fest, Cape Breton International Drum Fest, Berklee World Percussion Festival and the PASIC and KOSA International Festivals including the 2014 edition in which he was awarded the Recognition Award for Outstanding dedication and Enthusiasm.

In addition to being an artist, educator and clinician, Sergio also runs his own shop, 247 Drums. The major manufacturers of drum gear have recognized his talents, and besides Yamaha, Sergio is also an endorser for Remo drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks and the Vibe T5 Stick that he designed himself.

Tiger Bill’s Personal Recollections:

I first met Sergio at The Modern Drummer Festival and we immediately became friends. A few years later I performed worked with him at the Cape Breton International Drum Festival. Over the years, Sergio has always proven to be a dedicated musician and premier drumset educator.