Drummer/composer, Jimmy Weinstein was born in Chicago, IL. he moved with his wandering family from Chicago to Europe, back to California and later to Spain. As a child he studied piano and cello. At age 13 he taught himself drums and guitar, and played in school bands and musicals. After finishing high school in Spain he went to England to pursue a career as a yacht designer, which eventually landed him a job in New York City where he began to study jazz, working as a designer by day and studying at the Drummer's Collective and Barry Harris' Jazz Cultural Theater by night. He also studied and jammed with bop saxophonist ClarenceC Sharpe during that time. In 1986 he moved to Boston and attended Berklee, where he studied jazz with Joe Hunt and drumset technique with world renowned maestro, Alan Dawson. Later he played in small and large ensembles directed by Max Roach. Over the course of time, didactic encounters with Jaco Pastorious, Paul Bley, David Liebman, Yusef Lateef, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Bob Moses, Karl Berger, and Nasyr Abdul Al-khabyyr all influenced him greatly.
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Jimmy Weinstein's Traveling School
The Traveling School
Creative music workshops in schools, community centres or music festivals - the “Traveling School” has a unique approach involving participants in an emotional and dynamic experience. The workshops are designed to encourage people to improvise, and place an emphasis on group interaction.
Jazz, Rock and Blues idioms are the springboards, and Traveling School specializes in helping anyone to learn to improvise. Beginners, conservatory students, professional musicians and teachers, have all participated simultaneously at “Traveling School” workshops.
Traveling School goes “on tour” with its staff