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Tina Raymond

Tina Raymond is an accomplished drummer, composer, bandleader, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. A unique voice in the contemporary improvised music scene, Raymond blends traditional jazz vocabulary with African polyrhythm and classical percussion technique. Brian Zimmerman of DownBeat Magazine writes, “Raymond displays ferocious chops and a remarkable sense of balance.” She has toured the US, Europe, and Asia as a leader and sideman.

Raymond’s 2023 acclaimed release, “Divinations,” showcases the first-call Los Angeles drummer in a groove-centric, melody-drenched context that may surprise admirers of the more abstract tonal personality she’s documented with SoCal avant luminaries like Eric Revis, Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, and Dan Rosenboom, or, for that matter, on two recent albums by the
acclaimed eclectic Esthesis Quartet. The album comprises six original songs, all composed during the summer of 2022. Other recent releases as a side person also include Rachel Eckroth’s Live at Sam First (Sam First Records 2023), “Boom Sessions Volume III” with Dan Rosenboom, Gary Fukushima, and Eric Revis (Orenda 2022), Kuba Stankiewicz’ “Music of Roman Statkowski” (Warner Music Poland 2021), and Bobby Bradford’s “Stealin’Home” (NoBusiness Records 2021). In her debut album, Left, Right, Left, (Orenda 2017), Raymond explores America’s polarized politics through a set of patriotic hymns, folk songs, protest anthems, and music by Woody Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Baez. Her thesis is that concepts of left and right are integral to understanding both drumming technique and American political discourse.

Raymond is the director of Jazz Studies at California State University Northridge, she received a DownBeat Educator Achievement Award (2020), and is president-elect of California Alliance for Jazz. Raymond has presented globally and her teaching credits include Los Angeles City College, The Herbie Hancock Institute, University of Michigan, Bard College, and Idyllwild Arts. She received an M.F.A in Jazz (drum set) from CalArts in 2010, and a B.M. in double performance, classical percussion and jazz studies, from University of Cincinnati’s CCM in 2008. She is an endorsed educator with Remo and Sabian.

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