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Jay Frederick

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Jay Frederick is a New York City-based artist who has impressed musicians and critics alike with his highly personal approach to the drumset as a powerful yet uncommonly delicate and sensitive instrument. Largely self-taught, Frederick received his first drum as a gift on his first birthday. He has been playing in some form ever since.

In the mid 90´s Frederick attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he double majored in music theory and composition (with a concentration in music technology) and philosophy (with a concentration in Value Theory). He began performing regularly with bassist Cleve Eaton (of the Count Basie Orchestra and Ramsey Lewis Trio). After several years with Eaton, Frederick became been a member of the Ken Watters Group and performed modern acoustic jazz at clubs and festivals throughout the US. With this ensemble, he has recorded three critically acclaimed albums entitled Brothers II, Southern Exposure and Brothers III. All three CD´s were released internationally on Summit Records and made the US mainstream jazz charts.

In 2003, Frederick moved to New Jersey to attend William Paterson University´s renowned Jazz Studies program. A year later, he moved to Manhattan and in 2005 received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance

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...drummer Jay Frederick's personal[s] dramatic evidence that jazz wants to grow...throughout the session, his unique touch leaves nothing to chance. A variety of textures and a willingness to go toe-to-toe with the front line make Frederick's contribution impressive.

-Jim Santella, All About Jazz

...refreshingly honest and exciting... Frederick lays down some fine drum work... contributing additional clarity and insight to the band's inventive approaches.

-Lee Prosser, The Jazz Review

...his playing shows maturity well beyond his years

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