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Brian Woodruff has performed with Bobby Watson, Marian McPartland, Rufus Reid, Gary Versace, James Spaulding, Genes
and Jazz at the Kennedy Center,
Tom Tallitsch, Harvie S, Peter Brendler, Adam Niewood, Toru Dodo, Peter Evans, Stacy
Dillard, Ledisi, Melba Moore, and on the Today Show.

Recently, Brian has been performed with Robin Eubanks, Sherman Irby, Jimmy Heath,  Vicki Burns, Lee Tomboulian,
Hyungjin Choi, Iris Ornig, Takeshi Asai, and Marieann Meringolo.  He has been the house drummer for mega-church Unity of
New York for 16 years.  As the founder and organizer of the Blackbird’s Session, he played with a revolving cast of some of
New York’s finest jazz players during its 3.5 year run.  Brian plays drums on upcoming releases with The New-Trad Octet,
Dror Ben-Gur, and his own OKB Trio and is featured on Jacob Varmus’ recent CD “Terminal Stillness.”  “The Tarrier,” his first
CD as a leader, has garnered rave reviews and critical acclaim.   

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 Queens Jazz OverGround, currently serving as it Executive Director.