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Eliot Zigmund

Primary Instrument: Drums

Eliot Zigmund

Veteran jazz drummer Eliot Zigmund has enjoyed a wide and varied career in jazz spanning forty years of playing.

Past and present associations with artists include Bill Evans

Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
, Michel Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani
b.1962
piano
, Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi
1928 - 1976
piano
, Jim Hall
Jim Hall
Jim Hall
1930 - 2013
guitar
, Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
, Benny Golson
Benny Golson
Benny Golson
b.1929
sax, tenor
, Richie Beirach
Richie Beirach
Richie Beirach
b.1947
piano
, David Berkman, Gene Bertrocini, Eddie Gomez, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, Enrico Pieranunzi, Dado Maroni, Jed Levy, Bobby Porcelli, Michael Kanan, Mauro Negri, Paolo Birro, Lee Konitz, Don Friedman, Fred Hersch, Art Lande, Helen Merrill, Ted Rosenthal, Pete Malinverni, Lorenzo Conte, Cameron Brown, Warren Vache and many others....
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”Without getting in anyone's way, Zigmund was a constant presence. Virtually every stroke had a telling effect. He displayed a knack for briefly foregrounding a single component of the drum kit. On “You And The Night And The Music” several hard hits to the snare leapt out during a brief lull in Richmond's solo. During Ash's “In Your Own Sweet Way” turn, successive strokes to a top cymbal sounded like a chisel splitting a piece of granite. Zigmund made the hi-hat cymbals sing by using just the foot pedal behind Ash on “Beatrice.” He was all ride cymbal when Richmond began to build up a head of steam in the course of “Simone.” The drummer sounded akin to a clamorous machine throughout most of his “I'll Remember April” solo. Utilizing every part of the drum kit, themes were wrapped in long bursts of energy.” -David A. Orthmann, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Feather touch response and subtle cymbal work bring each piece to sizzling fruition” - Kirk Winters, JAZZIZ

“Zigmund gave Petrucciani’s improvisations a fluid, relaxed urgency, making for gypsy-like ebb and flow.” - MUSICIAN MAGAZINE

“In a display of spontaneous, unobtrusive brilliance, Zigmund single-handedly put the lie to the bad rap given to drum sound in the concert hall of the VCU Performing Arts Center.” - VIRGINIA TIMES DISPATCH

“ Zigmund is that breed of percussionist who does not count their pride alongside their visible signs of virtuosity. He is in every way a musician with extensive experience but above all the art of listening.” - JAZZMAN MAGAZINE

“ Plays with aggressive muscularity on the driving numbers and sweeping emotionalism on the impressionistic ones.” - OAKLAND CA TRIBUNE

“ Evans received stalwart support from drummer Eliot Zigmund, whose work was uncommonly tasteful and sensitive.” - Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star

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