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Eric Starr

Eric Starr is well known as a drummer, and drummers are meticulous. There are rules in drumming that go beyond the obvious. Keeping a beat is not everything. Yet Eric is also a composer, and what truly distinguishes his music is its inventiveness - he's not limited by any kind of convention. While that may seem like a paradox, it's not: Eric's training and experience as a drummer have allowed him a freedom and an ability to compose in a way that's uniquely his own.

Eric started playing the drums at the age of six; his father, a trumpeter, toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. “I remember watching the drummer really swing, and that changed my life.” His first taste of live performance was when he and his brother Nelson climbed on stage to jam after a Dorsey concert . The audience, still in the ballroom, started cheering. “We just ate it up. I even signed an autograph that night; a guy who worked at the hotel came over to me with this thick book and said 'See this? This is Buddy Rich's signature. I want you to sign right next to his name.' I don't know if I deserved that - but I sure had fun that night.”

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