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Mat Marucci

Mat Marucci is an active performer, author, educator, and clinician listed in Who's Who In America, International Who's Who In Music (Cambridge, England) and the Institute of Jazz Studies (Rutgers University). His performing credits include jazz greats Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Eddie Harris, Buddy De Franco, Les McCann, Pharoah Sanders, and John Tchicai among others. He has eight critically acclaimed recordings to his credit as a leader and others as a sideman, including those with John Tchicai and Jimmy Smith and is also the author of several books on drumming for both Lewis Music and Mel Bay Publications. Many of his books and recordings have garnered four and five stars in various trade magazines including Jazz Times, Jazziz, Modern Drummer and Downbeat.

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”....an unpretentiously efficient drummer.......” - Leonard Feather / L.A. Times

”....a vital and driving force, a compelling and empathetic accompanist.” - Frankie Nemko / Downbeat Magazine

”.....technically fearsome......” - Owen Cordle / Jazz Times

”.....veteran percussionist deserving of wider recognition.” - Ken Dryden / All Music Guide

”Mat's playin' his a** off.” - jazz organist Jimmy Smith

”Yes, he can play! His time feel is smooth and floating.” - T. Bruce Wittet / Drums, Etc.

”...popular and prolific sideman”........”well earned rep on the California coast.” - Derek Taylor / Cadence Magazine

”Marucci is a sure propellant to any soloist”......”keenly aware...” - Clifford Allen / All About Jazz

”.....quite simply a musician's musician”...”clear, definitive personality as a leader”.....”personally distinctive drum sound”........Marcus Crowder / Sacramento Bee

”A ride to deeper dimensions” .....Jackson Griffith / Sacramento News & Review

”The real deal”....Eric Cohen / WAER-FM (Syracuse, NY)

“Marucci thunders with a percussive sparkle that twists and turns with surprises at every corner.” - Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine

“Sounds are great!” - Miff Mole, KSDS-FM

“I saw Mat play with Jimmy Smith and sat thinking, 'that is what it sounds like to play perfectly for the music.'”...”soloing techniques are not only musical, but original and fascinating for the eyes and ears”...”true master of the drums.” - Johnny Rabb

Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Sacramento, CA

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background

Has been a faculty member - The JazzSchool, Berkeley, CA Adjunct faculty member - Los Rios Community College District Applied Music Instructor - American River College, Sacramento, CA.

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Albums

Live at Jazz Central
Live at Jazz Central
CIMPoL Records
2013
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Why Not? w/Doug Webb
Why Not? w/Doug Webb
Cadence Jazz Records
2011
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Live at the Jazz Bakery
Live at the Jazz...
Marco Records
2010
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Partners In Crime w/Doug Webb
Partners In Crime...
Cadence Jazz Records
2009
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No Lesser Evil w/Doug Webb
No Lesser Evil w/Doug...
Cadence Jazz Records
2007
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Change-Up w/Doug Webb
Change-Up w/Doug Webb
CIMP Records
2007
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