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Ethan Winogrand

Ethan Winogrand was born in New York City. He started playing guitar at five years old, teaching himself songs from the radio and the various records of his family. He began private lessons and added piano to his studies. When fifteen he discovered drums and from then on there was no turning back.

In 1976 at the age of seventeen he joined the rock group "Joe Cool", who were part of the early punk scene at CBGBs and Max's Kansas City in NYC and who performed at those clubs one week or more each month with other usual suspects like "Talking Heads"," Television"," Blonde","John Cale","The Ramones" ect... It was at that time that Ethan developed his connection to an audience and the joy that only performing live can bring, both to an audience and the musicians. In 1978 after leaving Joe Cool Ethan was free to pursue his newly discovered love of Jazz and began studying at the Drummer's Collective. Along with his long time friend Adam Scher, they formed the Jazz-Rock-Fusion group "High Tide". After a few years playing throughout the New York and northeast region, the group disbanded and Ethan started playing with the Richard Lindsey trio. He also started recording for a variety of New York artists.

In 1983, he joined the groundbreaking art/funk trio "Unknown Gender" recording and co-producing their next four records and touring extensively throughout Europe for the next eight years. It was during that time that Ethan relocated for four years to live in Copenhagen. While there, he worked at Adapter Studios, composing and producing music and sound for industrials and commercials. He also composed, recorded and produced a solo progressive rock record titled "Foundation" under the name of Construction. He was also establishing himself as a uniquely styled drummer, playing with many of the local Danish jazz artists.

After returning to NYC in 1987 he became involved in the downtown art/rock/jazz scene, becoming a regular performing artist at venues such as the Knitting Factory, Amazon, China Club, The Kitchen, performing and recording with Stranger Jones, Nue Enemy, Changing Bodies, Cindy Rickmond, Richard Lindsey, Valerie Block, Karen Mantler, Eric Mingus, Big Duck, Marc Sloan, Virgin Dog, Sue Fisher and so on. In 1991, Ethan and Eric Mingus formed "New Republik", a progressive funk rock sextet. A year later Ethan moved to Brooklyn where he began meeting many of the local musicians and artists. It wasn’t long after that he was to sharpen his focus on jazz and improvised music. With Ross Bonadonna, a local multi instrumentalist and owner of Wombat recording studio, they recorded a free jazz improvised trio record. Thus began a collaboration that is alive formulating and still developing.

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Ethan Winogrand: Tangled Tango

Read "Tangled Tango" reviewed by Troy Collins

Drummer Ethan Winogrand's early days were spent in the punk band Joe Cool, playing alongside such innovative acts as Television, The Talking Heads, Blondie and the Ramones at New York's CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. An early interest in jazz led to a variety of side-man gigs and four years living in Copenhagen. Moving from Brooklyn to the north of Spain in 2000, Winogrand assembled an international cast for Tangled Tango. Drawing on his varied past, Winogrand's swinging post-bop writing ...

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Ethan Winogrand: Made In Brooklyn

Read "Made In Brooklyn" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You have to love drummer-led recordings. Is it because the producer mixes the leader a bit louder, or maybe you just concentrate more on the beat? Maybe both. Sessions led by Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Tony Williams, or today’s stars like Jim Black, Matt Wilson and Joey Baron cause you to focus on subtleties and the sounds made with sticks.

Try as he does to direct your attention away from himself throughout Made In Brooklyn, Ethan Winogrand ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Tangled Tango

Clean Feed Records


Made In Brooklyn

Clean Feed



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