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Ferit Odman is an in-demand and busy jazz drummer based in Istanbul. He started his music studies in Sweden as an AFS exchange student (1999), got a full scholarship to get his B.A. in Music at Istanbul Bilgi University (2001), attended the School For Improvisation workshops in NYC (2004), and has been granted a Fulbright Scholarship to further build on his studies at William Paterson University (2006). He spent/played two years in New York City, and holds a M.M. (Master of Music) degree in Jazz Performance.
He became heavily entrenched in the Turkish jazz scene at a young age and recently performs and tours with Turkish pianist Kerem Garsev, while leading his own quintet and promoting his debut CD release Nommo, that he recorded in New York City with Brian Lynch, Vincent Herring, Peter Washington and Burak Bedikyan.
The Engine Room, A History Of Jazz Drumming From Storyville to 52nd Street (Proper Records).
What is in the near future? I'll be releasing my second album, Autumn In New York, around December, 2011. We had a great recording date with trumpeter Terell Stafford, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, pianist Anthony Wonsey and bassist Peter Washington. I'm really looking forward to that.
I love jazz because my father shard it with me. I was first exposed to jazz as a kid with Eddie Condon records. I met Warren Covington when I was in College and he was leading the Tommy Dorsey Band. I sat in, and very soon after that began singing with a Big Band in Cleveland
I love jazz because my father shard it with me. I was first exposed to jazz as a kid with Eddie Condon records. I met Warren Covington when I was in College and he was leading the Tommy Dorsey Band. I sat in, and very soon after that began singing with a Big Band in Cleveland. The best show I ever attended was Earl Hines when I was in middle school. My Dad took me. The first jazz record I bought was a Dinah Washington LP. My advice to new listeners is to find artists and composers that are not mainstream. Go outside the box. Please don't just purchase what they are pushing on iTunes.