Karl Latham

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

Karl Latham is a NY-based internationally recognized drummer. He is known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles, playing straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde, funk, rock, Latin, and more.

As a freelance performer, Karl has performed with wide spectrum of notable artists such as Bernie Worrell; The Fantasy Band (Dave Valentine; Dave Samuels; Chuck Loeb); Ali Ryerson Quintet; Claudio Roditi; Clark Terry; the John Lee Quartet; Andy Snitzer; The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars; Slide Hampton; Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; Yotam Silberstein; Charlie Elgart, Michal Urbaniak; The Real Deal Big Band and for the Broadway hit musical “Bring it On”.

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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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Warwick, NY

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students


Adjunct Instructor 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/Vic Firth Drumsticks/Evans Drum Heads

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