Brian Hudson

Ybor City

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From the album Next Level
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Atlanta based drummer and studio musician, Brian Hudson steps into a new space with the release of his debut jazz/fusion album, Next Level. For the past 17 years Hudson has performed non-stop, both live and in the studio as a band member, or as a sideman with various artists covering a wide range of music including: Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Contemporary Christian, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Funk, Blues, and more. With the release of Next Level, aptly titled, Hudson moves into the role of bandleader.

Hudson grew up in Clearwater, Florida and started playing drums at the age of ten. He began, like many others, by banging on pots and pans and later took lessons from several local teachers where he studied drumming fundamentals and jazz music. He soon discovered Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, David Garibaldi, Steve Gadd, Joel Rosenblatt, Steve Smith, Will Kennedy and other great drummers who dominated the jazz/fusion and contemporary jazz scene.  It was during his years in Clearwater that Hudson traces the beginning, and where he fell in love with jazz and jazz/fusion music. Seeing artists, such as Chick Corea’s Akoustic Band, Spyro Gyra, Mike Stern, Dave Weckl or Michel Camilo perform up close and personal in the Tampa Bay area had an enormous impact on his playing and his love for jazz/fusion music.  This led to his lifelong dream to release a jazz/fusion album. Next Level fulfills that dream and steps forward his pursuit with his debut release.

Next Level blends jazz, jazz/fusion, funk and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning and features an all-star group of musicians who have performed and/or recorded with Dave Weckl Band, Mike Stern, Jimmy Haslip, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Loggins, Larry Carlton, Earl Klugh, Memory Dean, Quincy Jones, Barry Manilow, Brian Bromberg, Tyler Perry, Kirk Whalum, Stevie Wonder, The London Symphony Orchestra, Elton John, Matchbox 20, Arrested Development, Aretha Franklin, Steven Curtis Chapman and many more. Next Level, which was released worldwide on August 18, is currently receiving extensive radio play across the country and peaked at # 3 on the Roots Music Report Jazz Chart and #7 on the NACC Jazz Chart!


Brian currently leads his jazz/fusion band Next Level, is a member of former Capricorn Record Artist Memory Dean, soul/funk band Soulhound and performs with various other artists covering a diverse mix of music. In addition, he is an active studio musician in Atlanta and also tracks drums remotely for artists around the world. Brian is on the Advisory Board for Georgia Music Partners and is a voting member of The Recording Academy. He plays and endorses Sakae Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Regal Tip Drumsticks and Headhunters Creations.