Michael Carvin

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Michael Carvin
Carvin in 2005
Carvin in 2005
Background information
Birth nameMichael Wayne Carvin
Born (1944-12-12) December 12, 1944 (age 79)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Years active1970–present
LabelsSteepleChase, Muse

Michael Wayne Carvin (born December 12, 1944) is an American jazz drummer.[1][2][3]


Born in Houston, Texas, Carvin began his musical training at the age of six with his father, one of the top drummers in Houston. By the age of twelve, Carvin began playing professionally and won what would be the first of five consecutive Texas rudimental championships. Carvin's career has included two years as a staff drummer with Motown Records, as well as studio and television work on the West Coast.

Joining Freddie Hubbard's band in 1973, Carvin moved to New York City, where he gained a reputation as one of the most formidable drummers on the jazz scene. A prime example of his work with Hubbard can be seen on the Mosaic Records/Jazz Icons DVD released in fall 2011 featuring Carvin with Hubbard’s very first touring group.

In addition to leading his own bands, Carvin has played and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Jackie McLean, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, Illinois Jacquet, Pharoah Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody, Hampton Hawes, Ruth Brown, Johnny Hartman, Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Smith, Hugh Masekela, Alice Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Charles Brown, Terumasa Hino, Bobby Watson, Billy Bang, and many others.

Carvin has recorded on more than 250 albums. He is also a drum teacher and clinician.


  • The Camel (SteepleChase, 1975)
  • Antiquity with Jackie McLean (SteepleChase, 1975)
  • First Time (Muse, 1988)
  • Between Me and You (Muse, 1989)
  • Revelation (Muse, 1991)
  • Each One Teach One (Muse, 1994)
  • Drum Concerto at Dawn (Mapleshade, 1996)
  • Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin (Marsalis Music/Rounder, 2006)
  • Flash Forward (Motema, 2014)

As sideman[edit]

With Billy Bang

With Henry Franklin

  • The Skipper (Black Jazz, 1972)
  • Blue Lights (Ovation, 1976)

With Hampton Hawes

  • This Guy's in Love with You (Freedom, 1974)
  • A Little Copenhagen Night Music (Freedom, 1977)

With Terumasa Hino

  • Live in Warsaw (Century, 1991)
  • Unforgettable (Blue Note, 1992)

With Hannibal Lokumbe

  • Hannibal (MPS, 1975)
  • Live in Lausanne (Baystate, 1978)

With Lonnie Liston Smith

With Dakota Staton

  • Darling Please Save Your Love for Me (Muse, 1992)
  • No Man Is Going to Change Me (GP, 1985)

With others


  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Michael Carvin". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ Calder, Robert (5 May 2006). "Michael Carvin: Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin". All About Jazz. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ Kenselaar, Bob (30 July 2012). "Michael Carvin: The Making of a Master". All About Jazz. Retrieved 12 July 2019.