Join us on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7 pm as Jazz Bridge, in partnership with PNC Arts Alive, will present a virtual concert with drummer, Justin Faulkner, to premier on Jazz Bridge’s website, www.jazzbridge.org.
Justin Faulkner, in a quote, The New York Times cited him as one of “Five drummers whose time is now.” He is quoted as saying, “So what you’re feeling and hearing should go from within to the drums. If you’re not feeling what you’re playing, then you’re just meandering… If the music doesn’t build, what’s it going to do?”
Faulkner grew up in Philadelphia and attended public schools, singing in the choir. This experience taught him about balance and blending with other voices. Justin started playing gospel, R&B and classical music at 7; at 13 he began weekly gigs with the funk/free-jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma.
He studied classical music with Sam Ruttenburg at the Settlement Music School and trained in jazz at the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & the Performing Arts, joining the Marsalis’ group while still a high school senior.
At 29, Faulkner has already toured the globe many times, has drum endorsements, studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music, studied classical composition with a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and been an actor in the independent film, “Bolden.” He can now add professor to his growing list of accomplishments as part of the adjunct faculty at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.
Faulkner has performed, toured or recorded with: Pharoh Sanders, Odean Pope, Tyrone Brown, Peter Nero, Bootsie Barnes, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Yoichi Uzeki, Helen Sung, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, Craig McIver, Victor Wooten, Bobby McFerrin, Tim Warfield, James Moody, Orrin Evans and Lee Smith, to name a few. Joining Justin for this high energy concert will be legendary saxophonist, Tim Warfield, pianist Neil Podgurski and bassist, Stanley Ruvinov.
This concert was recorded at WRTI Studios, 1509 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19121 and in partnership with PNC Arts Alive. The concerts can be viewed for free, but donations will support our programs for musicians.