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Meyer, Bob

Meyer, Bob, drummer, teacher; b. Peekskill, NY, 31 March 1945.

Meyer's early influences were classical music, especially chamber music and quartets, from Mozart to Bartok. He first heard jazz in 1950 (Kenny Clarke, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk). He began the study of music at age of five. He received training from Jack DeJohnette, Frankie Dunlop, Henry Adler, and Jim Chapin and has had extensive private study (as an adult). He studied at George Washington University, Washington D.C., getting a BA, History; minors in Music and Geology, June 1968. He plays with Joe Lovano's group, Viva Caruso. Also, with Lovano's Symbiosis, Sinatra and More, trios and quartets. He's playing (and soon releasing a new CD "Saltier Then Ever" on Challenge Records) in Jackalope, a new trio with John Abercrombie and Loren Stillman. Among other people he has played or is playing with are Joe Lovano, Ed Schuller, Ken Werner, Judy Silvano, Perry Robinson, Glenn Moore, Cameron Brown, Andy Statman, Shelila Jordan, Ray Nance, Art Davis, Jaki Byard, Paul McCanless, Julian Priester, Gary Peacock, Peggy Stern, Bert Wilson, Diane Schurr, Stanley Cowell, Mal Waldron, Daved Friesen, Jim Pepper, Red Rodney, Itzhak Perlman, Arnie Lawrence, James Moody, Kirk Leitsey, Avishi Cohen, Wayne Horvitz, John Abercrombie, Drew Gress, Mike Bisio, Don Friedman, James Emery, Tony Malaby, Essiet Essiet, Santi Debriano, and Vic Juris. He's now performing with his own group, Mount Airy (playing Jewish liturgical music in a modern improvisational style). He has thirty years teaching experience in New York and the West Coast. He's taught all levels of Students, beginning to professional. He utilized in-depth and legitimate approach in teaching technique and mechanics. He's specialized in musical application and interpretation on the drum set and has further specialization in jazz. Many of his former students active professionally in jazz, rock, and funk. He was Artist in Residence at The International Center for Creative Music, founded by Arnie Lawrence, Jerusalem, Israel, 1998-99. He's played all over Israel and Palestinian Territories, with wonderful Israeli and Palestinian musicians, young and old. He's played with visiting artists from Europe and the United States. He's conducted master classes and taught privately.

His other interests include hiking, XCSkiing, ecology, geology, history and baseball. He's currently living with son, Isaac, near Croton on Hudson, New York.

Joe Lovano: Viva Caruso; Judi Silvano: Vocaliese (featuring Joe Lovano); Bill Sears and Rick Margitza: Chasin the Goal; The Loren Stillman Project: Cosmos (as producer); Bert Wilson: Kaliedescopic Visions, The Next Rebirth, Rebirth at the Zoo, Further Adventures in Jazz, Outrageousness, Volumes one and two, Endless Fingers; Greta Matassa: Got a Song That I Sing; Mazeltones: Meshugge For You; Avi Adrian, Avishi Cohen & Bob Meyer, (soon to be released)

Contact information:
Bob Meyer
49 Furnace Brook Drive
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Phone (914) 734-9290
Fax (914) 737-1929

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