Jojo Mayer "Buddy Rich Tribute" ...
Buddy Rich: The World's Greatest Drummer
"Buddy Rich has been called the greatest jazz drummer of all time!"
Buddy was born on September 30, 1917, and his drumming career spanned seven decades, beginning when he was just eighteen months old and continuing until his death on April 2, 1987. Naturally gifted, Buddy was said to have never taken formal lessons, and his only practice was when he played live.
Swiss born Jojo Mayer started playing drums at an early age and had his first public performance at 2 sitting in with his dad's band.
Basically self thought, he picked up the drums and music by playing along the radio and his parents collection of jazz, soul and rock records.
He received his first international exposure at age 18 when touring the European festival circuit with jazz pianist Monty Alexanders group and backing up legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone.
In the early 90's he moved from Europe to NYC where he worked as a sideman with a wide range of artists and different styles in the downtown scene.
But it was in 1997 when his live drum'n' bass party Prohibited Beatz and groundbreaking work with his band NERVE began to establish Mayer as one of the great performers and innovators on the instrument. His concepts and techniques of reverse engineering electronic drumbeats in real time on a acoustic drum set introduced a new paradigm and opened the door for an entire generation of musicians to follow.
Besides his career as a performer he is also known for creating many award winning and bestselling product designs for the music instrument industry and for his lectures and contributions as educator with volumes such as the seminal instructional DVD "Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer".
In 2014 he was included in Modern Drummer Magazines list of the 50 Greatest Drummers of All Time.
More recently, Jojo has been venturing into New York's Techno / Multimedia / Avantgarde / club scene by promoting his own weekly party event called PROHIBITED BEATZ. This new platform for live "Drum n' Bass", "Nu-Skool Breaks", "Speed Garage" and the latest stylistical hybrids and mutations in DJ culture, has also provided the back drop for his first solo project called NERVE. Described as an "endeavor in reverse engineering the textures and rhythms of the current stream of computer generated music into a live performed, improvisational format", NERVE and PROHIBITED BEATZ have created a reputation in the New York scene that already goes way beyond "a serious buzz".
Jojo currently workds mainly in New York as a producer of music party "Prohibited Beats" and musicians of the band Nerve. In the meantime, he is a frequent guest on drums at workshops such as the "Modern Drummer Festival", etc.
Jojo Mayer performed and/or recorded with a great variety of artists covering a wide range of musical styles such as The Screaming Headless Torsos, Mashell n‚dege Occello, Vernon Reid‘s science project, DJ Spooky, Emergency Broadcast Network, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Harry Pepl, Gerald Veasley, Monty Alexander, Lunar Crush, John Zorn, James Blood Ulmer, Chico Freeman, George Adams, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, John Medeski, Family of Percussion, Himar Bullock, Leni Stern, Depart, Wolfgang Puschnigg, The intergalactic Maiden Ballet, Friedrich Gulda, Harry Sokal, Steve Coleman‘s 5 Elements, Passport, Wah Wah Watson, a.m.o.
Jojo has also built himself a reputation as a skilled and creative solo performer/clinician. He appeared at most of the important industrial Events and Drum Festivals like the Modern Drummer Festival (1998 and 2005), the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship NYC (95), the International Drummer-Meeting in Koblenz (89, 91, 95), PASIC (96), the Montreal Drum- Fest (96), the NAMM-Show's "Drums along the Hilton"(96), int. Slagwerkkrant Dag (96), int. Budapest Dob-Gala (94, 95), Manny's Drum-Mania NYC (98) and the "int. Musik Messe Frankfurt" (93,97,'00...), to name a view, were he was ft. amongst the greatest names in the drumming community today (Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Jack de Johnette, Terry Bozzio, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers etc.)
2012: Perfect Balance Bass Drum Pedal - developed by Jojo Mayer.
Jojo Mayer won the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2013 "Best Fusion Drummer" and his band Nerve "Best Recorded Performance (Nerve EP4)" Modern Drummer issue Jul13 here: https://www.box.com/jojo_mayer_md