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Brian Woodruff has performed with James Spaulding, Robin Eubanks, Sherman Irby, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Rufus
Reid, Marian McPartland, Gary Versace, Harvie S, Jiggs Whigham, Jerry Hahn, Adam Niewood, Dave Allen, Toru Dodo, Peter
Evans, Stacy Dillard, and on the Today Show.  Brian played drums for a variety of touring musicals, including A Chorus Line,
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Chicago.

Recently, Brian has been performing with Genes and Jazz at the Kennedy Center, The Flying Tomboulians, Return to
Whenever,  Vicki Burns and Marieann Meringolo.  He has been the house drummer for mega-church Unity of New York since
2002 and ran the highly successful Blackbird’s Session near his home in Astoria, Queens from June, 2010 until October 2013,
where he performed with a revolving cast of New York’s finest musicians on a weekly basis.  Brian play drums on upcoming
releases with the OKB Trio, The New-Trad Quartet and The New-Trad Octet.   “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 Brooklyn Music School and
the New York Jazz Academy and is also a founding member of the Queens Jazz OverGround.