Greg German, drums

Greg grew up in Hawaii and discovered the drums at the unlikely age of 23 when he suddenly found himself drumming in a rock band on a dare. He had previously played tenor sax, guitar, piano and marimba, but knew that he had found his home when he started drumming. His newfound instrument and his burgeoning love of jazz combined to launch him on a journey of discovery that continues to this day. He credits most of what he knows to just listening to the jazz masters: Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Jack DeJohnette and Art Blakey to name a few. He has also studied with Eddie Marshall, Pete Magadini and Alan Hall.

Greg has worked with various performers and groups such as Benny Rietveld (Miles Davis, Santana), Walter Savage, Oakland Jazz Choir, Ben Stolorow, Mingus Amungus, Terrence Brewer, the Fillmore Jazz Preservation Big Band and the San Francisco Experimental Ensemble. Greg can currently be heard performing with Bay Area artists such as Dave Ellis, Marcos Silva, Muziki Roberson, Mark Wright, Stephanie Crawford, Humanistic, Melvin and the Mellotones, Mary D’Orazi and The Grassroots Composers’ Workshop.

When Greg isn’t gracing some lucky ensemble with his flowing sense of time you might find him searching in towns far and wide for little stone animals to add to his growing collection.

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