Primary Instrument: Drums
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, Michel Petrucciani, Vince Guaraldi, Jim Hall, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Richie Beirach, 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.
Born 1945 in the Bronx, Eliot grew up in the fertile New York jazz scene of the 50’s and 60’s and began playing professionally at the age of 15 with an older brother who was an aspiring jazz guitarist. He studied music at both the Mannes College of Music and at the City College of New York and upon receiving his degree from CCNY in 1968, he devoted himself to pursuing his dream of becoming a jazz musician. He currently resides in Teaneck, New Jersey with his wife Anna.
Eliot has been a sideman on many recordings and has also released three albums under his own name including his just released Steeplechase recording titled Breeze, featuring Gary Versace, Mike Lee and Phil Polumbi.
Eliot maintains a busy playing career within the New York scene and internationally.
“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