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 next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.