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Carrie Jahde

Carrie Jahde has earned national awards and a great deal of notoriety over the past decade for her versatile, passionate, and unique approach to drumming. Currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she maintains a full-time touring, recording and teaching schedule, working with musical groups ranging in style from jazz to Latin to funk to R&B. Strongly committed to creative, improvised music, she also composes for and leads the electro-jazz project Planet Loop, which performs regularly throughout the West Coast.

Carrie’s musical background began with classical piano at the age of 8. By the age of 13 she had added singing and trombone into her life, and began performing locally. It was not until the age of 24, however, that she discovered her love for drumming. Carrie immediately exploded onto the Northwest music scene, recording her first full-length album only six months after purchasing her first drum set. Though initially self taught, Carrie later studied with Alan Tarpinian and Alan Jones, and attended the University of Oregon as a percussion performance major.

In 2004, Carrie received a talent scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Boston and began her drum set studies there, under the tutelage of great artists including Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Kenwood Dennard (Jaco Pastorious/Miles Davis), Francisco Mela (McCoy Tyner), and Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock). She graduated summa cum laude in December 2006 with a focus in jazz performance. In additional support of her schooling, she has received national awards including the Eubie Blake Musicians Scholarship; the John Kittredge Educational Grant for Artists; the USA Funds Scholarship; the Sumasil Grant; the Mensa Scholarship Award and the Miller Charitable Trust Tuition Grant.

Carrie’s performance venues have spanned the East Coast, West Coast, Mexico and Europe. Highlights include the LuccaJazzDonna International Jazz Festival in Italy; Riga Music Festival in Latvia; Boston Symphony Hall; San Francisco Pride; Fillmore Jazz Festival; Napa City Nights; Y2K9 International Live Looping Festival; LA Dodgers Stadium; Outside Lands Festival and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. She has performed with internationally recognized artists including Joel Frahm (Brad Meldau), Victor Mendoza, Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D’Rivera), Juan Escovido (Pete Escovido), Tata Vega, Donna McElroy, Larry Monroe, Rosa Passos, and Eric Levy (Garaj Mahal). Her recording credits include twenty-eight albums to date; the independent film The Eyes of Thailand; the instructional book Tips for Singers; the Spanish textbook Spanish Chat for Business; the instructional CD Un Tiempo Para Sanar, and in-house drumming at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Boston. Carrie is currently on the staff of Mills College as a dance accompanist; and is an endorsed artist with Allegra Drum Crafters.