Claude Coleman Jr.

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Claude Coleman Jr.
Claude Coleman Jr. performing with Ween at the Edmonton Events in Edmonton, Alberta in 2007
Claude Coleman Jr. performing with Ween at the Edmonton Events in Edmonton, Alberta in 2007
Background information
Born (1974-08-29) August 29, 1974 (age 47)
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Drums, Guitar
Years active1989-present

Claude Coleman Jr. is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the alternative rock group Ween.[1] He has also worked with Eagles of Death Metal, Chocolate Genius, The Wooden Soldiers, Elysian Fields and 3 Input Woman.

A multi-instrumentalist, Coleman is also the singer/songwriter for his own group Amandla. In 2006, he released his second album as Amandla, titled The Full Catastrophe. In June 2013, Coleman raised $11,158 through Indiegogo to fund his third album.

Coleman survived a near-fatal car accident on August 7, 2002, in which he suffered multiple pelvic fractures and brain injuries.[2] During his extensive and difficult recovery, members of Ween organized a series of benefit concerts on October 7 and 8, 2002, New York's Bowery Ballroom. Josh Freese performed with Ween in Coleman's place. Coleman ultimately recovered sufficiently to resume his touring and recording activities, and remained an active member of Ween until their dissolution in May 2012, and has performed with Ween since their reunion in February 2016.[3]

Coleman is also active in music education through the Paul Green School of Rock, and through the New York City music program Music Ascension.[4] Throughout his musical career, especially when touring with Ween, Coleman has been known for his creative percussive styles (e.g. playing his drum set bare-handed to emulate a "bongo-esque" sound).

Since 2017, he has co-owned and actively managed SoundSpace@Rabbit's, a music rehearsal and art studio facility inside of a 1947 Black-owned tourist court and soul food cafe’ known as Rabbit’s Motel, in the historically African-American district of Southside, Asheville, NC. It is soon to include a new soul food cafe’ Areta’s, along with a multi-artist murals project celebrating rich and lost history.[5]

Coleman endorses Aquarian drumheads, Bosphorus cymbals, and Vater drumsticks.

He is a graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ.


Main articles: Ween discography

With Amandla

  • Falling Alone (2001)
  • The Full Catastrophe (2006)
  • Laughing Hearts (2018)[6]


  1. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (2003-10-01). Milk it!: collected musings on the alternative music explosion of the 90's. Da Capo Press. p. 330. ISBN 978-0-306-81271-2. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  2. ^ Gorce, Tammy La (2006-09-24). "Rocking on Two Fronts After a Near-Fatal Crash (Published 2006)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  3. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2015-11-17). "Ween Announce Reunion, Plan 2016 Concerts". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  4. ^ "Claude Coleman Jr - Teaching Artist". Music Ascension. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
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  6. ^ "Alt rock legend Claude Coleman Jr of Ween makes inspired noise on Amandla's latest 'Laughing Hearts'". AFROPUNK. 2018-06-08. Retrieved 2020-12-18.