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.
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand. Their massive record collection, my parents taking me to concerts and clubs (only one of five kids to do so), the Magnavox furniture stereo/radio ... it all added up. It was complex, emotional music. And it had rhythm! I drummed and followed the music through the '60s even as I enjoyed the new musics of my generation.
Along with side-trips to other musicians and music, it's been one hell of a pony ride ever since.