Graham Hawthorne is one of the most highly regarded Drummer/Percussionists in New York City. A top call studio musician, he has played on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and jingles.
He has appeared live and on TV with a long list of major artists. live/tv
In 2001 he took over for legendary drummer Steve Gadd with Paul Simon, and since 2003 he has been David Byrne’s drummer.
Graham has traveled extensively to study and research music, mastering many world rhythms and styles. This has led to working with acclaimed world music and crossover artists. world
In the jazz world, Graham has toured or recorded with a number of celebrated artists and musicians.
More than just a great drummer, Graham has mastered modern production and editing techniques using digital audio workstations like Pro Tools, working with top-name artists and producers.
He is also acclaimed for his work as a visionary leader and producer, and as an excellent clinician and teacher.
MBALAFUNK, his first solo CD, was released in 2002. A blend of Senegalese and American popular music, it’s seamless integration of elements is unrivaled in the history of world-pop music.
Known for his funky/soulful groove, fantastic sounds, outstanding creativity, and open/communicative approach, his work is superlative whatever the musical situation and task at hand (playing, producing, writing, arranging, editing, tweaking, contracting, teaching). Click the link for information on internet sessions.