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Robert Castelli


Born into a family of drummers (a grandfather, two uncles & his father), Robert learned the basics from his father, who, along with his Uncle, were lifetime members of the NYC Musicians Union, AFM Local 802.

By high school, having started private lessons as well as classes in music theory, he was playing professionally all over the NY/Tri-State area. He went on to study Theory & Composition, Piano, Guitar, Orchestra Percussion & Drums at the Westchester Conservatory of Music, State University of NY at New Paltz, and Drummers Collective NYC. Over the years he has studied with some of the most well known drummers in New York & the world including, Ed Soph, Gary Chester, Kim Plainfield, Tony “Thunder” Smith, Robbie Gonzalez, Robbie Ameen, Horacio el Negro Hernandez, and Joe Ascione


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Drummer Robert Castelli Releases 'Party At One World Plaza'

Drummer Robert Castelli Releases 'Party At One World Plaza'

Released during lockdown, Party at One World Plaza continues to garner great reviews and continued radio play on podcasts, internet and traditional radio in Europe, the U.K., Canada and the USA. A drummer and bandleader who writes the music for the band, Castelli says he's trying to motivate the drumming community to be more musical, come ...


Article: Album Review

Robert Castelli: Party at One World Plaza

Read "Party at One World Plaza" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Third-generation drummer Robert Castelli demonstrates the different aspects of great jazz drumming as he leads his live ensemble through his own compositions in this energetic, bouncy and thoroughly lively Party at One World Plaza. A New York State native based in Barcelona (after living for several years in Austria), Castelli throws this collective BOOM ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Lost Within Jobim, the BOOM, and You

Read "Lost Within Jobim, the BOOM, and You" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Albare Plays Jobim Vol. 2 Alfi Records 2021 “I was 14 when I first heard the music of Tom Jobim," recalls Albare, nom de guerre of guitarist Albert Dadon. “I already had six years of guitar learning under my belt. When I first heard those bossa ...


Track of the Day


Label: Castelli-in Cielo
Released: 2020
Duration: 4:04


Party at One World Plaza

Label: Castelli-in Cielo
Released: 2020
Track listing: Studio: Vamos,Your Lucky Number;Floatin',For the Fallen,Party at One World Plaza,Samba Wamba Bamba Live:Vamos, Big Nick, Ramblin',Your Lucky Number, Party at One World Plaza, Floatin', Samba Wamba Bamba.


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Robert Castelli

Read "Take Five With Robert Castelli" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Robert Castelli: Born in Ossining, New York, to a family of drummers. Studied at Westchester Conservatory and Drummers Collective. First time on stage at eight years old. Growing up in and around New York City exposed him to all styles of music and, as a result, played in eclectic musical situations from ...


Robert Castelli Boom Quartet

Label: Castelli-in-Cielo
Released: 2008
Track listing: African Dance-Robert Castelli Lovely 16-Mike Scharf Blonde Tom Müller Lumps for Humpty_Robert Castelli Temporary Insanity-Robert Castelli Psycology-Tom Müller The Cat's Meow-Robert Castelli Blue 13-Mike Scharf Decisions Decisions-Robert Castelli


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