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(Jazz & Contemporary Styles)





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Jacob Kaye American/ Canadian Jazz & Contemporary musician: drummer, teacher, with over 30 years of combined teaching and international professional performance experience, ranging from stage (too many to count), television (several times) to screen (one movie as a musician extra).

- Jacob maintains a teaching schedule with a steady stream motivated serious students, “up and coming” drummers, & professionals. Jacob has been fortunate to teach students accepted into Vanier College & McGill University, as well as professional drummers currently performing and teaching in Montreal, New York City & yes... around the world.

Stylistic (real-life) Experience Synopsis

  • Big Band Jazz & Contemporary Styles (featured soloist)
  • Small group Jazz (drummer, leader)
  • Top 40 Covers/ Show-Band
  • Marching Percussion (Section Leader)
  • R&B/ Funk styles
  • Latin, Afro/ Cuban styles
  • Concert Band (Principal Percussionist)
  • Staff Arranger for 30 piece concert band and Show Band

1992 Disney Movie "Spies", starring Cloris Leachman (Jacob & band as musician-extras in Navy costume).

Music Education

  • Jacob studied drum set with several "Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame" educators: Jim Chapin (20th century’s most influential drum set educator) author of "Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer" and Moeller Method proponent.
  • Awarded a performance-based grant for studies as a Performance Major at University of the Arts (Philadelphia), studies with Michael Bookspan "Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame" educator - Philadelphia Orchestra. Master classes with Saul Goodman of the New York Philharmonic at Curtis Institute of Music "Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame" educator.
  • U.S. Naval School of Music - performance major, small group arranging, & conducting (it's ... like "old school" 1.5 years at Berklee College of Music, Boston condensed into 6 months of extremely intensive training.) NOTE: Advanced placement allowed Jacob to advance out of a previous required 6 month course of study.

Early years, Jacob with at local performance.

Some performances include:

  • An early Jazz career with Boise Lowery (Clifford Brown's first music teacher)
  • First DuPont's Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (with sidemen from Woody Herman, Hubert Laws, “Philly” Jo Jones, Gary Burton, Hubert Laws, Buddy Rich bands).
  • 1992 Disney Movie "Spies", starring Cloris Leachman (Jacob & band as musician-extras above photo).
  • Performances: 3 continents, 6 countries - Canada, Japan, Europe, Bermuda, Iceland - and countless cities across the United States East & West Coasts.
  • Various Performances Music Clinic video sample (internal link performance videos)
  • National T. V. supporting 1984 Olympics
  • NBC Good Morning Show (several times)
  • L.A. Pops Orchestra (USMC band - combined concert)
  • Tampa Jazz Festival (Big Band opening for B.B. King)
  • Non-command performances for former U.S. Presidents Ford and Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Albert & various dignitaries.
  • Several performances with Lee Greenwood "God Bless the USA" fame (YouTube link) also pianist substitute.
  • While in Hollywood and L.A. - Private engagements and benefit performances with Clint Eastwood, Sandra Locke, Caesar Romero, Kirk Douglas, George Burns, Robin Williams, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope and many more in attendance.


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