Brian Woodruff

Drummer Brian Woodruff  has performed with Bobby Watson, Marian McPartland, Rufus Reid, Gary Versace, James Spaulding, Jimmy Heath, Harvie S, Sherman Irby, Robin Eubanks, Genes and Jazz at the Kennedy Center, Peter Evans, Stacy Dillard, Ledisi, Melba Moore, and on the Today Show.  

Recently, Brian has been playing with Brenda Earle Stokes, the Takaaki Otomo Trio, the Lee Tomboulian Trio, Lauren Lee, Takeshi Asai, Elizabeth Tomboulian, the New-Trad Octet, Andrea Balducci, and Marieann Meringolo.  Since 2002, he has been
the house drummer for Unity of New York, a new-thought church that holds their Sunday gatherings at Symphony Space. As the founder and organizer of the Blackbird’s Session, he played with a revolving cast of New York’s finest jazz players during its 3.5 year run.  Mr. Woodruff has made three recordings as a leader: “The Tarrier" garnered critical acclaim for Brian’s drumming and compositions.   2018’s “The Ing” with the OKB Trio (a collective trio featuring pianist Oscar Perez and bassist Kuriko Tsugawa) received glowing reviews and stayed on the RMR jazz charts for 15 weeks, peaking at number one. "A Centering Peace," a new set of Brian’s compositions written for his sextet, will feature Mike Rodriguez on trumpet and special guest vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger, and is set for release in the fall of 2020.

Mr. Woodruff received a Bachelor of Music in Applied Percussion from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Jazz and Commercial Music from the Manhattan School of Music.  Brian is on the faculty of the New York Jazz Academy and Brooklyn Music School and is a founding member of the Queens Jazz OverGround, currently serving as its Executive Director.