Born in Buffalo, NY, Carmen developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age five. By age 16, he was performing with local jazz groups most notably with Al Tinney. Also during this time he was the house drummer at The Calumet Arts Café backing such noted performers as David “Fathead” Newman, DD Jackson, George Garzone, and others during their engagements in the city.
Carmen is one of my favorite drummers, he has a very wide groove and strong beat and most important of all, he swings his ass off! I LOVE EM! —Joey DeFrancesco