Sergio Bellotti has played with some of the world’s finest musicians. As an educator, he’s an in demand clinician as well as a professor at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. As an entrepreneur, he owns 247Drums which caters to the needs of drummers everywhere.
Hailing from Bari, Italy, Sergio’s passion for music and accomplished drumming spurred him to move 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 D’Agostino. Together they founded and continue to lead Spajazzy, a jazz fusion group, which has featured guitarist Mike Stern on both of their cd releases. Good company indeed.
In addition to his professorship at Berklee, where students from all over the world come to study, Sergio serves as a visiting artist at the GM Drum Schools in Italy and as a faculty member at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.
Sergio often travels to Europe to conduct clinics, concerts and master classes. He is a drum set 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, The Platters, Alessandra Belloni, Bernard Purdie and Rocco Ventrella to name but a few. He has performed at international festivals such as the Montreal Drum Fest, The Ju Percussion Festival in Taiwan, Bari In Jazz 2010, Cape Breton International Drum Fest, Berklee World Percussion Festival, PASIC and 5 consecutive KOSA festivals.
Sergio has been based in Boston ever since arriving in 1995 and is still immersed in the city’s lively music scene. He holds down the drum throne for his weekly gig with WeJazzUp. Their Tuesday night show at Slades has become a time honored ritual and one never knows which talented musician might visit to sit in.
Along with bass player Wes Wirth, Sergio has founded a dynamic vocal, bass, drums plus loops duo ensemble (CHANTaSONIC) which performed in Brazil at the Batuka Festival, at Berklee College for Boston Jazz Week and is currently recording new video and audio material.
In addition to being an artist, educator and clinician, Sergio ministers to the needs of drummers with his shop, 247 Drums. Sergio is an endorser for Yamaha drums, Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks and the Vibe T5 Stick which he designed himself.