ARTIST NAME: Rich Stitzel
BORN IN (city): Denton, TX
LIVES IN (city): Chicago, IL
DRUMMING SINCE (year): 1982, Professionally since 1991
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): The DrumMantra, The Unknown New, BKO,Independent/Session
Musicians: Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, Count Basie, Sting, Joe Zawinul, Eddie Van Halen, John Coltrane, Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa
Drummers: Tony Williams, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, Stewart Copeland, Omar Hakim, Keith Carlock, Alex Van Halen, Bill Stewart, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jim Keltner, Matt Betton Jr.
Artists: Willem DeKooning, Mark Rothko, Joan Mitchell, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: e band, No Lonely in Alone
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Sportin’ Life (Weather Report)
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: EVERYTHING! I see every gig, session, concert, performance, clinic, etc, as equally cool & important. From small jazz clubs with Unknown New to theatres with Christian Howes to huge fests with Cathy Richardson to sessions & events with Beatmix Music to arenas with Miranda Lambert and everything in between!
FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 22” Encore Flat Ride