Karl Latham

Instrument: Drums | Location: New York City

Karl Latham is an inventive powerhouse whose influences are many but whose ideas are his own.
—Jeff Tamarkin Allmusic.com

Updated: November 9, 2019

Born: June 9, 1961

Karl’s career has spanned the globe performing, recording with and producing with Grammy Award winning artists, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and multitude of internationally acclaimed musicians. Karl is known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles, playing funk, rock, Latin, modern jazz, straight-ahead jazz, and avant-garde. Karl is included in the Drummerworld Top 500 Drummers list and was nominated with Mark Egan and Ryan Carniaux for the BMW 2016 Welt Jazz Award. Karl is an endorsing artist for Paiste Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Big Fat Snare,AEA Microphones and RME. Karl is currently an adjunct percussion instructor at Drew University, County College of Morris and Passaic County Community College.

As a freelance drummer Karl has performed Ali Ryerson; The Bernie Worrell Orchestra; Charlie Elgart; Michal Urbaniak; Jerry Vivino; Andy Snitzer; Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; The Shirelles; The Real Deal Big Band; John Lee (Executive Director Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra); The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars; The Fantasy Band (Dave Valentine; Dave Samuels; Chuck Loeb, Noel Pointer, Victor Bailey, Cornell Dupree, Roy Ayers, Larry Coryell); Claudio Roditi; Slide Hampton; Clark Terry; Tomoko Ohno; Michael Dease; Sharrel Cassidy; Yotam Silberstein; Jon Faddis; Roy Assaf; Ed Cherry; Clifford Carter; Paul Rose; Bobby Messano; Liz Queller; Johannes Mossinger Quartet (with guests Joel Frahm, Don Braden, Seamus Blake, Johannes Enders and Joe Lovano); Howard Paul with guests Tom Scott and Jody Espina; Johannes Mossinger Quartet (with guests Joel Frahm, Don Braden, Seamus Blake, Johannes Enders and Joe Lovano); Don Byron; Pete Levin; Dave Stryker; David Spinozza; Atilla Zoller; Oz Noy; Clifford Carter; Paul Rose; Bobby Messano; Mattias Schieffel; Andy Hunter; Stefanie Schlesinger and the great vibraphonist/composer Wolfgang Lackerschmid and subbed on the Broadway productions of “Bring It On” , “Hamilton”, and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”.

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”Karl Latham is an inventive powerhouse whose influences are many but whose ideas are his own.” Jeff Tamarkin Allmusic.com

“Latham is an unshakable catalyst.” Owen Cordie JazzTimes

“Karl Latham is the only one I never caught live, but now I know that I need to do it urgently. Listening to him on “Unit 1” gave me the same goosebumps I felt when I first heard Chris Dave with Bob Hurst a couple of years ago, and Steve Gadd with Joe Farrell four decades ago.” Arnaldo DeSouteiro JazzStation

Paul Sakion JazzImprov NY Magazine “Karl Latham is well known for his interest in and talent for many styles of music

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Adjunct Instructor Drew University 2016 - present 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/Innovative Percussion

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