Matt Slocum (drummer)

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For the southern jam band pianist, see Matt Slocum (keyboardist). For the alternative rock guitarist/composer of Sixpence None the Richer, see Matt Slocum.

Matt Slocum is a young American jazz drummer, recipient of a Meet the Composers Foundation grant, and lead drummer on his debut album, Portraits.

Slocum was born in New Richmond, Wisconsin on the east side of the Twin Cities. In high school he studied with Phil Hey, who taught Slocum from his sophomore year when he played in a Ska band in Wisconsin. At USC’s Thornton School of Music Slocum studied with Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, John Clayton and Joe LaBarbera. After graduating USC, Slocum spent three years in Pasadena. In 2007 he moved near New York city.[1]

Slocum toured with vocal artist Sarah Gazarek for three years and has played with Shelly Berg, Seamus Blake, Alan Broadbent, Steve Cardenas, Bill Cunliffe, Danny Grissett, Larry Koonse, Lage Lund, Wynton Marsalis, Linda Oh, Alan Pasqua, Jerome Sabbagh, Jaleel Shaw, Bob Sheppard, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Gerald Wiggins, Anthony Wilson and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.[2]

Slocum named his influences on composing: Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell, Dave Holland, Alan Pasqua, as well as Debussy and Ravel; and for drumming: Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and Max Roach, as well as Bill Stewart, Eric Harland, Matt Wilson, Kendrick Scott and Marcus Gilmore.[1]

He currently lives in Paterson, New Jersey.


  1. ^ a b "Matt Slocum: A stalwart of Big Apple jazz scene". 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Boston Court Performing Arts Center | Matt Slocum Trio". 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 

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