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2012 New Artist Signings

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The Innovative Percussion artist roster is actively growing with some very exciting names.  Here are just a few recent additions for 2012.


Jaz Sawyer

Innovative Percussion welcomes one of Jazz music's exciting and versatile drummers -- Jaz Sawyer.  Originally hailing from San Francisco, Sawyer now splits his time between the City By the Bay and New York.  A graduate of The New School in New York, Jaz has performed with some of the biggest names in the genre including Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Bobby Hutcherson and Mose Allison.  About working with Jaz, Abbey Lincoln says, "Simply Brilliant!" Jazz Times magazine says, "Sawyer offers a solo display of ticking-sticks artistry, versatility, ingenuity and maximum musicianship."  Jaz Sawyer has appeared in the most prestigious venues in the world including the Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, Davie Symphony Hall in San Francisco and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.  Sawyer has released his solo debut CD entitled "Itz Time", on his own label, Pursuance Records and is currently playing with Grateful Dead legend, Phil Lesh, among others.  In Jaz's words, "I use the IP Hybrids -- the perfect drumstick for music performance.  The brushes are great and the Smooth Ride sticks are just great for Jazz...5 Stars!"  More info can be found on his website,  Look for tips for students of all levels, as well as beneficial educational tools from Jaz in upcoming Innovative Percussion Newsletters! 



Bob LeatherbarrowBob Leatherbarrow is one of Los Angeles' most respected musicians.  He has appeared on hundreds of records, soundtracks and national commercials, both as a vibraphonist and a drummer.  His credits include work with Ernie Watts, Victor Feldman, Bill Watrous, Joe Farrell, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Bill Homan and Doc Severinsen, to name a few.  Recent recordings featuring Leatherbarrow include Ernie Watts' Four Plus Four, To The Point, plus Kathy Kosins' To The Ladies Of Cool and an upcoming release by the Frank Bennett Big Band.  Most of us have heard Bob's playing on soundtracks like Austin Powers' The Spy Who Shagged Me, Alvin & The Chipmunks, The Simpsons (including the recent 500th episode), Seinfeld, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, The Secret Life Of An American Teenager and American Dad.  Just some of the iconic Pop artists Bob has played for include The Temptations, Bette Midler, Leonard Cohen, Henry Mancini, Leon Redbone and Dolly Parton.  Chances are you've also heard his grooves on TV Ad campaigns by Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Ford, Dodge, Nissan, Cheetos, Quaker get the idea.  Mr. Leatherbarrow has recorded and performed in virtually every aspect of music.  Innovative Percussion is proud to welcome this vastly talented drummer/percussionist.  You can find more information on his website, 



Ed Roscetti

Drummer, composer, author and clinician Ed Roscetti brings wide range of experience and excitement to Innovative Percussion's artist roster.  For over 30 years now, he has been a mainstay curriculum author and educator at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood California and the MI schools in Japan, teaching his odd meter class.  As an author, Roscetti's Hal Leonard catalog includes World Beat Rhythms Series - Brazil, Africa, Cuba & USA, Drummer's Guide to Odd Meters, Blues Drumming, Funk & Hip Hop Drumming, Rock Drumming Workbook, Stuff Good Drummers Should Know and Creating Professional Drum Loops.  He has conducted concerts, clinics, workshops, master classes & music camps at PASIC, NAMM, IAJE, TMEA, AMTA, Berklee School of Music, the World Percussion Festival and at universities, schools and retail venues across the country. His interactive music video installation opened at NAMM's Museum of Making Music in 2011 for a ten-year run. Ed Roscetti recently created an iPhone App - Holiday Classics, which was released in 2011.  He has performed and composed music for numerous records, TV shows and films, including Disney's Mostly Ghostly, Saturday Night Live, The 60's, Biography, The History Channel, WWE & General Hospital to name a few. He has worked with Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Joe Sample, among others.  More info can be found at 



Ernie DurawaFor decades now, in the musically vibrant town that is Austin Texas, Ernie Durawa is known as a drumming treasure.  In 2005, the Mayor of Austin declared February 3rd, Ernie Durawa Day.  How often does that happen for us drummers?!  Ernie is a recipient of many awards and honors, including the Dutch Grammy award, the San Antonio Ambassador of Good Will, the Texas Hall of Fame and the winner of a Grammy Award for Best Mexican/American Performance, as drummer for Latin music legend, Flaco Jimenez.  Like the town he lives in, Ernie plays an eclectic mix of Jazz, Blues, Country, R&B, Rock and of course, Tex-Mex.   Durawa has worked with legends like Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson, Freddy Fender, Rufus Reid, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Sonny Landreth, Elvis Costello and for years and  currently, is a member of the all-star, Grammy winning band - The Texas Tornados.  IP is proud to welcome this great drummer and Austin Icon and look forward to many years together.  More info on Ernie can be found at 



Stay tuned for more artist announcements coming soon.... 


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