I am a drummer, bandleader, and educator. In order, this means that I play the drums, run a band, and do my best to inform others about these two things.
I work primarily as a live and session drummer. This means that I play the drums for those that need a drummer, whether that’s a live show or recording in the studio. I also make drumming-themed videos for YouTube.
I am lucky enough to have worked with a great number of very talented musicians. My main projects are the two Eclectic Bands. The Jonathan Curtis Eclectic Band is a studio project that records my own jazz-fusion compositions. The Eclectic Band is a three-piece band that plays these compositions live.
I grew up in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. I am fortunate enough to have studied the piano from a young age. While I can’t play much these days, it has given me a strong grounding in musical theory.
I began playing the drums aged 11. Having played in the school orchestra and many garage bands, my first proper band formed when I was 16. This was the Nottingham-based heavy metal band Old Maid. These days, I do more swing than blast beats, but the heavy stuff still has a place in my heart! You can check the discography for my most recent recording project.
I hold a Grade 8 (distinction) from Trinity Guildhall, and play, teach, and record regularly as a professional musician. For the name droppers, I am lucky enough to have studied with a lot of great drummers, including:
- Thomas Lang
- Dave Weckl
- Virgil Donati
- Pete Riley
- Stanton Moore
- Paul Hose
- Massimo Russo
- Rob Hirons
- Sergio Belotti
- Ash Soan
- Grant Collins
- Ralph Salmis
- Bill Ward
- Dave Hassel
I also enjoy video games, sci-fi and fantasy novels, beer, curries, and tormenting my cat.