TODD STRAIT DRUMS
Over Todd's 40 year career, he has spent 10 years in New York City playing with Marian McPartland, Tal Farlow, a brief tour with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, followed by a relocation to Kansas City working with Interstring, PBT Trio among many others. During this time in Kansas City, Todd met Eldar, Karrin Allyson, and Kevin Mahagony leading to national and international travel with each over a 20 year period. His history and experience have brought forth over a 100 recordings as a sideman, most notably receiving two Grammy Nominations with Karrin Allyson, one with Eldar, and one with Randy Porter and Nancy King. In 2017, Todd released his debut album as a leader, "There'll Be Some Changes Made", featuring Bill Mays, Bob Bowman, and Danny Embrey.
Now based in Kansas City, Todd's schedule is focused locally with occasional tours. He can be found playing nightly in the Kansas City area with multiple groups.
My teaching approach revolves more around technical development rather than conceptual development. I feel strongly that good hand control, solid rolls, and a clear understanding of the rudiments on the snare drum are important steps to the eventual successful execution of your ideas (in any genre) on the drumset.
To add your name to my waiting list, contact me through this website.
Todd's complete discography totals almost 100 CDs and countless radio and TV appearances in the US, Mylasia, Japan, Europe, South America, Canada, Turkey, and Israel, but the following is a select list of recordings still available and videos accessable via YouTube and/or other websites.
Karrin Allyson, released on Concord Records
Footprints, with very special guest Nancy King, 2006 Grammy Nominated - Best Vocal Jazz Album and #1 in Jazz Airplay - JAZZWEEK
Imagina: Songs of Brazil, 2008 Grammy Nominated - Best Vocal Jazz Album
Eldar, released on SONY BMG
Re-Imagination, 2007 Grammy Nominated Album, 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album'
Randy Porter and Nancy King, released on Heaveywood
Porter Plays Porter, 2018 Grammy Nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Recording
Todd enthusiastically endorses SABIAN CYMBALS, YAMAHA DRUMS, and CANOPUS SNARE WIRES.
YAMAHA Drums and Equipment:
18" or 20" bass drum
8"x12" mounted tom
14"x14" floor tom with legs
5 1/2" x14" Snare Drum with Coated Ambassador Batter Head, snare stand
3 cymbal stands, one being a "boom" stand
1 hihat stand
1 bass drum pedal
rug big enough for entire drumset
I will always bring my own cymbals, sticks, brushs, etc...
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