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Frank Katz

Born and raised in New York City, Frank Katz started playing drums at the age of six. Inspiration for music came from his father, the legendary jazz pianist Dick Katz, who played with Elvin Jones, Jack Dejohnette, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins, and many others.

At age ten, Frank studied with Connie Kay (the Modern Jazz Quartet ), and in his teens with Kim Plainfield, Kenwood Dennard and others at Drummers Collective. Frank recorded his first album at age seventeen with cellist Arthur Russel, and Peter Zummo of The Lounge Lizards.

At age nineteen Frank joined the faculty of Drummers Collective. He went on to perform and record with James Blood Ulmer, Adam Rogers, Dave Douglas, Chris Wood, Ray Anderson, Dave Fiuzynsky, Harvie Swartz, Mark Soskin, Dave BInney, Ben Monder, Reggie Washington, Onaje Allan Gumbs, The Jazz Hole , Donny Mcaslin, Mark Feldman, Tim Reis (the Rolling Stones), Jill Sobule , Brand X, Percy Jones, Dave Mann, and many others. In 1992,Frank joined the legendary fusion group Brand X, whose previous drummers included Phil Collins, Kenwood Dennard, and Mike Clark. With the group, Frank recorded the highly acclaimed album Xcommunication. His playing on this album received rave reviews in publications world wide, including Modern Drummer.

Frank also toured extensively with Brand X and recorded the subsequent albums Manifest Destiny, Produced by David Henschel (Genesis, Elton John),and Timeline with the group, as well as many other Cds with different artists.

Presently, Frank continues to tour, perform, and record as well as teach at Drummers Collective New York where drummers from all over the world have studied with him. Students have included Anton Fig (David Letterman show), Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, Duran Duran), Anthony Johnson (247 spyz), Keith Carlock ( Sting, Steely Dan), Chris Reddan ( Popa Chubby), Guy Licata (Bill Laswell), Dan Prestup (winner of the worlds fastest feet contest), Alex Cohen, Tobias Ralph (Duncan Sheik,Nena), Swiss Chris (John legend,Snoop Dog) and Chris Coleman (Israel and the New Breed, Kreflo Dollar).

Frank recently released the book "Contemporary Drumset Phrasing " on Hal Leonard publications. It received a five star review in Modern Drummer, where Frank is also interviewed in a full length feature article.


















CONTEMPORARY DRUMSET PHRASING
Creative Grooves and Fills for Funk, Fusion, Jazz and More

In this book and CD package, Frank Katz demonstrates a variety of grooves and fills for use in funk, fusion, rock and R&B. Styles such as hip hop, jazz, Latin and Caribbean music are also represented. Many examples show how various patterns can be put together in limitless combinations to satisfy the needs of any drummer. As a special bonus, excerpts from several tunes are included, showing how various patterns can work within complete musical contexts.

Dennis Chambers:
Frank Katz, one of the greatest drummers I know, has released an outstanding book and CD package. I encourage everyone to buy it.
Mike Clark:
Frank Katz is one of the geniuses of the instrument. If you want access to the innovative phrasing, fills, funky beats, and sheer technical wizardry that are Frank's domain, you must have this book.









performed with:

James Blood Ulmer
Dave Douglas
Chris Wood
Dave Fiusynsky
Brand X
Percy Jones
Ray Anderson
Jill Sobule
The Jazzhole
Adam Rogers
Dave Binney
Harvie Swartz
Mark Soskin
Mark Feldman
Dave Mann
Tim Reis
Donny Mccaslin
Reggie Washington
Peter Fluid
Onaje Allan Gumbs
Ben Monder
Toni Smith
Drew Zing
Junior Cook
Ugonna Okegwo
Fima Ephron
Danny Sadownik
Aaron Heick
Ellery Eskelin
Pete Yellin
George Whitty
Calvin Hill
George Smalls
Barney Mcall
Dick Katz

....and many more


























from the book:



The term "linear, with respect to drumming, means there are no unisons (no two instruments on the drum kit are struck at the same time).

The unaccented snare notes should be played softly. The accented snare notes may be played as rimshots. All of these patterns should be played using double-strokes in the sticking.

Unless otherwise indicated, the right hand should play the hi-hat and the left hand, the snare drum.





























Brand X
Percy Jones - Frank Katz - John Goodsal









Masters Place
Frank's GMS Drumset