The Tommy Igoe Big Band
Live at the Rrazz Room
- March 11, 2013 • 8pm
- March 18, 2013 • 8pm
- March 25, 2013 • 8pm
- April 1, 2013 • 8pm
- April 8, 2013 • 8pm
- April 22, 2013 • 8pm
- April 29, 2013 • 8pm
- May 6, 2013 • 8pm
- May 13, 2013 • 8pm
- May 20, 2013 • 8pm
- June 3, 2013 • 8pm
- June 10, 2013 • 8pm
- June 17, 2013 • 8pm
Featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians including members of Tower of Power, Santana and The Doobie Brothers
"Electrifying! Impeccably presented. One for the Ages!" – BeyondChrom
"Sizzling... Remarkable... Something Special" – CS magazine
Tommy and the the Birdland Big Band have released a new studio CD entitled "ELEVEN". The entire band took part in recording the album at the amazing Avatar Studios. This album has all the power and excitement that the BBB has become known for during countless sold-out shows at New York's Birdland Jazz Club.
Born in New Jersey, Igoe comes from a musical family. Ever since he began drumming as a 2-year-old, it was clear that music would be Tommy's passion. "He had to be dragged away from the drums," said his father, Sonny. During his early years, Igoe spent 15 years studying classical and jazz piano. He credits this experience as having a huge role in crafting his unique career.
Igoe captured just about every junior and senior high school drumming award on the East coast and went on to tour with the Glenn Miller Band when he was just 18. In 1986, his career took off when he became active in the New York recording scene, and simultaneously joined the band Blood, Sweat and Tears as their touring drummer.
Through the years that followed, Igoe quickly moved on to other great bands and artists including: New York Voices, Stanley Jordan, Art Garfunkel and Dave Grusin. This continued until 1997, when he was asked to help create the drumset book for what would become a legendary production: The Lion King on Broadway.
His book, which integrated the modern drumset with traditional African percussion, established a new benchmark for the drumset voice within musical theatre. It is currently being performed worldwide by many official companies. Igoe is an associate conductor of the Broadway production.
Igoe's recent and most exciting project, The Birdland Big Band, is currently the hottest weekly music event in New York. The band plays every week at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club and every show sells out.
"The reaction to this band has been overwhelming," says Tommy. "We're dedicated to bringing large-ensemble jazz to a new 21st century audience and it's obvious that music lovers have been waiting for a band like this. The fans are blown away and they can't get enough." The Birdland Big Band will be recording an all-new studio CD in 2011.
Education plays a huge part in Igoe's musical genome. Says Igoe, "My father was one of the most respected drum teachers of any era, so I think it's in my blood."
In 2004, Igoe created what has since become a legendary fixture in any serious drummers collection: Groove Essentials. This ground-breaking work has been credited with influencing more teachers and educators than any educational publication of the last 50 years.
Groove Essentials has gone on to become required method work at many universities and is being used to introduce young players to new styles they may not discover on their own. There are currently more a quarter million copies in use around the world.
Igoe has long been known for his technical facility on the drumset. This lead to the creation of Great Hands for a Lifetime, a DVD that helps build a strong technical foundation for a drummer's hands.
The product spotlights Tommy's "Lifetime Warmup," along with other technical influences such as Drum Corps, concert percussion, and hand percussion. Great Hands for a Lifetime is currently the drum world's number one selling educational product.
"I'm a hybrid of all these wonderful experiences," says Igoe. "I was taught a great rudimental routine to keep my hands in shape that I wanted to share ig with drummers around the world. The Lifetime Warmup is what I credit with keeping my chops healthy and strong over three decades of drumming and now everyone can benefit from it."
The new DVD and book, Fillosophyï, will be the third installment in the Groove Essentials series. The product will bring Tommy's unique focus and insight into the oft-confusing world of fills and solos.
Igoe says "this work could be very important to drummers since so many students I've met believe that their fills and solos are consistently weak, boring, or just plain bad. A real opportunity exists to offer an alternative approach to mastering fills and solos using the Groove Essentials methodology."
Igoe exclusively plays and endorses the highest quality instruments: Yamaha drums and hardware, Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, and percussion from LP and Rhythm Tech.