Born: June 9, 1961 Primary Instrument: Drums
Karl Latham was born in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in a musical family. Inspired by his brother Rick, (no relation to the Rick Latham), Karl started playing the drums at the age of 7.
Karl has performed with a wide spectrum of notable performers such as the Johannes Mossinger NY Trio along with special guests Joe Lovano, Bob Malach and Don Braden, The John Lee Quartet, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis (guesting with John Lee), Claudio Roditi, The Fantasy Band Karl has taught private lessons and master classes for many years.(including Dave Samuels, Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, George Jinda, John Lee, Dave Valentine), Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Randy Brecker (guesting with Wolfgang Lackerschmid Quartet), Johnny and Edgar Winter, Michal Urbaniak, Bob Malach, Jasper Van't Hof, Attila Zoller, Ed Cherry, Cameron Brown, Kermit Driscoll, Charlie Elgart, the Shirelles, Dan Wall, Arturo O'Farrell, Gordon James, Keith Marks and many other of artists performing in the NYC area.
In addition to his New York based projects, he has toured Europe extensively since 1993 in many of Wolfgang Lackerschmid's groups along with John Lee, Cameron Brown, Belden Bullock, Georg Wadenius, Ed Cherry, Michal Urbaniak, Attila Zoller and numerous other musicians.
Reknowned bassist Kermit Driscoll and Karl joined the Johannes Mossinger NY Trio in 2001. Together they have appeared on numerous tours as well as four recordings with the group. The most recent release Nu Love features special guest Bob Malach.
Karl recieved a B.S.S. from Ohio University and studied music performance at Rutgers University, Ohio University and Berklee College of Music. Karl's formal musical training includes private lessons with Gary Chester, Freddy Waits, Michael Carvin, Joe Morello, Joe Cusatis and Muzzy Mizzioni. While in college, Karl won second place in the 1983 Carmine Appice National Drum Battle.
Karl is tri-coastal spending a good deal annually in Europe and California with his primary residence in the northwest New Jerey area. Karl is an Adjunct Professor at Passaic County Community College and County College of Morris. Karl teaches privately as well both in NJ and abroad.
Karl is a proud endorsee for Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Factory Metal Percussion.
Tracks: Higher Ground; Manic Depression; Tadpole; I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For; Spanish Castle Magic Prelude; Spanish Castle Magic; Pagan Poetry; Hekete; Bemsha Swing; Pastime Paradise.
Personnel: Vinnie Cutro: Trumpet; John Hart: Guitar; Kermit Driscoll: Bass; Karl Latham: Drums.
Tracks: Sprits Rise; October Light; The Newcomer; Stundenwalzer; Our Sweet Love; Baiao Katrin; Sarah’s Bande; Wondering; 3 Lanes to Phila; Natal.
Personnel: Bob Malach: Tenor Sax;Bryan Steele: Tenor Sax; Tom Guarna: Guitar; Mitch Stein: Guitar; John Hart: Guitar; Kermit Driscoll: Acoustic Bass; John Lee: Electric Bass; Kip Reed: Electric Bass; Steve Jankowski: Trumpet.
As A Side Musician(Selected Discography)
The Jersey Session
Tracks: Splanshy Squeeze; Newton; Pictures of Love; It’s time to Be Greenhorn; Noctourne; Walking Out; Follow Her Trail; The Eyes of the Bear; Serenade for Neptun; Memories.
Personnel: Johannes Mossinger: Piano; Seamus Blake: Sax; Boris Kozlov: Bass; Karl Latham: Drums.
The Yellow Way
Johannes Mossinger NY Quartet
Tracks: It's Time to be a Greenhorn; The Yellow Way; Pictures of Love; Meeting Different Worlds; Behind the Eyes; When God Takes a Break; Splanshy Squeeze.
Personnel: Johannes Mossinger: Piano; Don Braden: Sax; Kermit Driscoll and Andy McKee: Bass; Karl Latham: Drums.
Tracks: CJ's Blues; One Mint Julip; Cool Struttin'; Hit the Road, Jack; Route 66; The Frim Fram Sauce; Georgia on my Mind; Nights Train; September Nights.
Personnel: Andy Snitzer: Sax; Chip Jackson: Bass; Alain Mallet: Piano, Organ; Karl Latham: Drums.
Hurry Up and Wait
Wolfgang Lackerschmid Quartet
Tracks: Chorinho Pra Banda; Silvans Delight; Hurry Up and Wait; Bluerangoutang; Mountain King; No But For Me; Neu-Brandenburg.
Personnel: Wolfgang Lackerschmid: vibraphone; Bob Degen: Piano; Cameron Brown: Bass; Karl Latham: Drums.
Urbaniak Lackerschmid Connection
Tracks: Polish Wind; Liliana; Spirits Rise; I Just Love You; Impression; Four Notes; Polak; Mazurka.
Personnel: Wolfgang Lackerschmid: vibraphone; Michal Urbaniak: Electric Violin, Sax; John Lee: Bass; Karl Latham: Drums.
Johannes Mossinger NY Trio featuring Bob Malach
Double Moon Records
Tracks: Nu Love?; North Africa; Meeting Different Worlds; Tango for the Unknown; Sudden Change; Nimue; Last Letter From Cairo; Dance with Her; Juli P.
Personnel: Johannes Mossinger: Piano; Kermit Driscoll: Bass; Bob Malach: Sax; Karl Latham: Drums.
Tracks: Paradise; Compared to What; Prelude to Rio Moon; Rio Moon; Like No Other; Here We Are; Prelude to Passionate Heart; Passionate Heart; Gotcha; NY Underground; Pleasure; After Hours; Acid FM; Surrender.
Personnel:Gordon James : Trumper, Flugelhorn, Synth Bass, Drum Programming; Chuck Loeb: Guitar; Mark Minchello: Keyboards, Piano, Drum Programming and Synth Bass; Slide Hampton: Trombone; Hogan: Guitar; Roger Squitero: Percussion; Jason Munnerlyn: Vocals; Marty Kersich: Tenor Sax; Gregory Jones: Bass; Frank Valdez: Percussion; John Lee: Fretless Bass; Andres Boarsky: Soprano Sax; Matt King: Keyboards; Todd Isler: Percussion and Cymbals; Karl Latham: Drums.
Tracks: Serenade for the Moon; Return of C.E.W. 1; Aleppo; Desert View; Silent Joy; Memories; Landscapes; Return of C.E.W. 2; Southwest Gate; Again and Again; Twilight.
Personnel: Johannes Mossinger: Piano; Kermit Driscoll, John Lee: Bass; Torsten de Winkel: Guitar; DJ BPhisto: Turntable; Karl Latham: Drums.
Johannes Mossinger NY Trio
Tracks: Quirilunga; Monk's Dream; Twilight; Tango du Soleil; Back Up; Last Letter from Cairo; Woody 'N you; Harper Hall; Joana's Dance. Recorded Live in Koln, Germany.
Personnel: Johannes Mossinger: Piano; Kermit Driscol: Bass; Karl Latham: Drums.
Close Your Eyes
Tracks: Say That You Love Me; Stay; Welcome Back; The Way He Makes Me Feel; When Sunny Gets Blue; Four Sweet Words; Angel Eyes; L'amore Che Non C'e; No Reason For Spring; Hoffnung; Close Your Eyes
Personnel: Stefanie Schlesinger: Vocal; Wolfgang Lackerschmid: vibes, gramorimba; Bob Degen: Piano; John Lee: Bass; Karl Latham: Drums; Roger Squitero: Percussion; Slide Hampton: Trombone; Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonica; Johannes Faber: Trumpet; Karl Latham: Drums.
Johannes Mossinger NY Trio w/Joe Lovano
Double Moon Records
Tracks: Bemsha Swing; I Mean You; Brilliant Corners; Well You Needn't; Twilight; Monk's Dream; Quirilunga; Back Up; Monk's Mood; Criss Cross; Tango du Soleil.
Personnel: Johannes Mossinger: Piano; Joe Lovano: Sax; Kermit Driscoll, German Klaiber: Bass; Karl Latham: Drums.
Andrea Brachfeld/Phoenix Rising
Tracks: Remembered Dreams; Osiana; Latin Sunset; Oceanside.
Personnel: Andrea Brachfeld: Flute, Synthesizer; Taurey Butler: Piano; Kip Reed: Bass Guitar; Louis Bauzo: Congas and Percussion; Karl Latham: Drums.
Gently But Deep
Tracks: No Reason For Spring; Watch You Sleepin'; After Hours.
Personnel: Wolfgang Lackerschmid: vibes, gramorimba; John Lee: Bass; Frank Kuruc: Guitar; Ronnell Bey: Vocals; Karl Latham: Drums.
Tracks: On The Breeze Of A Shadow; My Sentiments Exactly; Balance; Bryanna; Sight Unseen; Goodbye My Friend; Sundance.
Personnel: Charlie Elgart: Arranger, Keyboards; Mack Goldsbury: Sax; Oscar Cartaya: Bass; Barry Danielian: Trumpet; Karl Latham: Drums.
Signs of Life
Tracks: Float; This Thing We Share; Sojourn; When I'm with Stu; I Cry for You; Signs of Life; Summer Dusk.
Personnel: Charlie Elgart: Arranger, Keyboards; Mack Goldsbury: Sax; Gary Foote: Bass; Barry Danielian: Trumpet; Herb Robertson: Trumpet; Scott Kreitzer: Saxophone; Randy Andos: Trombone; Joan Johnson Drews: Vocals; Josh Gordon: Cello; Savron Hudson: Percussion; Lenny Pickett: Saxophone; Eric Troyer: Vocals; Tom Hammer: Synthesizer, Programming; Pete Tateo: Programming; Karl Latham: Drums.
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Adjunct Instructor Passaic County Community College 2001-present County College of Morris 2004-present Private Instructor 1984-present Workshops and clinics U.S and Europe Artist/Clinician Yamaha Drums/Paiste Cymbals/Vic Firth Drumsticks/Evans Drum Heads