Born: October 5, 1970 Primary Instrument: Drums
Jeremy Steinkoler, a very swinging drummer who's mastered the art of coordinated independence, (East Bay Express), is a native New Yorker who's been playing drums professionally since the age of fifteen. In his last 17 years in the Bay Area, he has built a solid reputation among fellow musicians, music lovers, and critics as a creative drummer and composer who draws from eclectic musical influences. Inspired by the hard driving bebop of Max Roach, the Elvin Jones circle of sound, the modern phrasings of Jack DeJohnette, as well as a rich influence of New Orleans second-line playing, funk, R&B, and rock, Jeremy speaks with his own unique voice on the drums that is unmistakably fresh and unique....
Awards:Voted Best Jazz Group, East Bay Express Readers' Poll 2008 Nominated for Best Funk Band, SF Weekly Music Awards 2008 Nominated for Just Plain Folks Award, best jazz song 2007
Time and again you find your ears drawn to the crisp rhythmic drive he imparts to every groove, from funk and New Orleans R & B to straight-ahead jazz, and to the deft accents he tics out on cymbals and skins. (SF Bay Guardian)
Steinkoler's orchestral approach to the trap set is thrilling. He's a whirlwind of activity, filling up empty spaces without sounding busy. (Contra Costa Times)
A minimal but mighty romp! (East bay Express)
If Mo'Fone doesn't blow your socks off, you're not paying attention. (allaboutjazz.com)
One of the hottest bands to surface in a long while. (jazzwest.com)
My favorite album of the year by far. (Contra Costa Times)
A powerhouse to be reckoned with...In a word, Mo'Fone delivers. (allaboutjazz.com)
Like a furious detachment of the Tower of Power horns (ejazznews.com)
One of the funkiest jazz albums you'll ever hear (Carl Abernathy)
Mo'Fone swings so hard it sounds like an ensemble twice its size (SF Chronicle)
El Cerrito, CA
Willing to teach:
Jeremy has been teaching drum lessons since 1991. He is respected as one of the premier teachers in the SF Bay Area, with a reputation for being fun, patient, knowledgeable, and great with kids. He has also taught rock band workshops for over 17 years and brings his coniderable experience working with bands and in bands to bear on his lessons. Jeremy is also endorsed by Vic Firth Drumsticks, Istanbul Cymbals, and Attack Drumheads. $75/hour, $40/half- hour, Mon-Fri.
Please contact me for information about drum clinics and rock band workshops.