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Tommy Campbell
Independent - United States


Tommy Campbell grew up outside of Philadelphia in a musical environment. His father was an organist and singer, and his uncle is Jimmy Smith, the renowned Hammond B-3 ace.

Reminiscing, Tommy says, "I was surrounded by music and drummers from the time I was two years old. My father and drummer Mickey Roker would rehearse at the house a lot and whenever Uncle Jimmy had a new record he was releasing, he'd come over with a prerelease copy. We would listen to it together as a family. I used to play along with those records for hours." He attended the Berklee College of Music, the international center for education in professional music renowned for its acclaimed Jazz faculty, where he majored in instrumental performance (1979) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998.

Tommy has been inspired by legendary drummers such as the late great Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Max Roach, the late great Art Blakey, and the late great Tony Williams and has earned himself a well-deserved reputation as one of Jazz's leading talents. He has performed as a regular member with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, John McLaughlin, The Manhattan Transfer, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Jordan, Tania Maria, Gary Burton, and a host of other Jazz greats. Tommy returned to the Berklee College of Music for several years as an instructor of drums and percussion. He has taught at Drummer's Collective and The New School, both in New York City. Additionally when time allows, he performs clinics, workshops and master-classes. He also offers private instruction in many schools & his studio.

Tommy's intelligent, exciting and stylistically authentic drumming has established him as a leading member of a new generation of Jazz musicians.



Equipment Configuration

Masters Series
20x14 bass drum
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum

B1000 boom stand x 3
S2000 snare stand
TH2000 tom holder x 2
H1000 hi-hat stand
P2000C pedal
PPS15 foot bracket
PPS37 percussion holder