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Todd Strait

Todd was raised in Topeka, KS, and became involved in music in elementary school playing trumpet and drums. Eventually braces pushed the trumpet out of the picture and it's been drums ever since. Todd began gigging locally while still in 7th grade, mainly with his father's group. During his last year of high school he became involved in the 1979 "Louie Bellson/Slingerland National Drum Contest" where he eventually finished in second place at the Las Vegas finals. The scholarships gained from this experience enabled Todd to pursue his dream of moving to the NYC area and studing with Ed Soph in 1980. Upon relocating to the east coast Todd free-lanced in and around NYC and the Tri-State area, then joined Marian McPartland's trio in 1982 playing in New York City clubs and traveling occasionally with her across the country

Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung

Label: Heavywood Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Snowbound; Listen Here; I'm Hip; Heart's Desire; I Want to Be a Sideman; You Are There; Dear Departed Past; Wheelers and Dealers; Little Did I Dream; Peel Me a Grape; Do You Miss New York?; Zanzibar

There'll Be Some Changes Made

Label: Self-produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: There’ll Be Some Changes Made; Fur Elise; Kids Are Pretty People; It’s Just Talk; In Her Family; Tiptoe; Infant Eyes; Lullaby For Omi; Old Folks; Once Upon A Dream; What A Wonderful World.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Todd Strait: There'll Be Some Changes Made

Read "There'll Be Some Changes Made" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

After recording more than a hundred albums for other people, including three that were Grammy nominated, drummer Todd Strait has finally released his first CD as a leader. With so many dedications to his relatives, it is clear that this record has been simmering for a long time. Well, it's finally cooked and served--and it's delicious. ...

Handprints

Label: D&D
Released: 2003
Track listing: Caravan; Bemsha Swing; Cantaloupe Island; Body and Soul; Handprints; When the Lights Are Low; Capricious; We Will Meet Again; Freddie Freeloader; Perplexity; Matrix


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