Jeremy Steinkoler

Bandleader: J. Steinkoler Quartet & Mo’Fone

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“A very swinging drummer who’s mastered the art of coordinated independence,” (Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express), is a native New Yorker who’s been playing drums professionally since the age of fifteen.

In his last 10 years in the Bay Area, he has built a solid reputation among fellow musicians, music lovers, and critics, as a creative drummer and composer who draws from eclectic musical influences. Inspired by the hard driving bebop of Max Roach, the Elvin Jones “circle of sound,” the modern phrasings of Jack Dejohnette and Paul Motian, as well as a rich influence of New Orleans second-line playing (from the likes of Earl Palmer and Zigaboo Modeliste), funk, R&B;, and classic and modern rock, Jeremy speaks with his own unique voice on the drums that is unmistakably fresh and unique.

He has performed and recorded with a wide array of groups, including Hot Links (New
Orleans R&B;), Phatlip (funk-jazz), Bob Bradshaw & the Resident Aliens(rock), The Big Picture (R&B;), Marie Schumacher (folk-rock), as well as with well-known jazz players Adam Levy & Lee Alexander (Norah Jones), Andre Bush (Jenna Mamina, David Liebman), and Clark Suprynowicz (Tom Waits).

He has performed at dozens of popular Bay Area venues and festivals, including Yoshi’s Nightclub in Oakland, the Shoreline Amphitheater, and at Lincoln Center and the Village Gate in New York City. Currently leading his own J.Steinkoler Quartet, as well as the new sax-and-drums-trio Mo’Fone, Jeremy continues to play weekly all over Northern California. He has been featured on KCSM, KFOG, KPFA, KUSP and KALX radio stations, and was singled out for praise at a live show by the great New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint.

The J. Steinkoler Quartet recently released their debut CD, The Road Home(Evander Music), which has received much critical praise. Check out for full reviews and more info.