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Jim Mola

COUNTRY:  United States



BORN IN: Norwalk, CT

LIVES IN: Brooklyn, NY

DRUMMING SINCE: 1970, professionally since 1973.

CURRENT BAND/PROJECT: Recording and performing in NYC

BIGGEST INFLUENCES: Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones, Papa Jo Jones, Mel Lewis, Sonny Payne, Joe Chambers and Buddy Rich.

FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON: “The Rat Pack: A&E Soundtrack”. To be featured soloing under the story of Sinatra, Sammy and JFK was pretty cool.

FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN’T PLAY ON: “Live at Birdland”, John Coltrane. Elvin Jones just about burns the place down, especially on “Afro Blue”.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Too many to pick one, but my ongoing series of Master Classes at The Collective in NYC ranks very high. It’s a great joy to be a part of helping others express themselves.

FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: My 24″ Artisan Ride is a beautiful, complex instrument that I have looked for for years and finally found.


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