Michael Carvin Biography

Michael Wayne Carvin, 12 December 1944, Houston, Texas, USA. A child prodigy at the drums, Carvin studied with his father, Hank Carvin, who was a professional drummer. He himself played professionally from the start of his teenage years and by his late teens had moved to Los Angeles. There, he extended his studies and also gained experience gigging in the area. In 1968, after service in the US Army, which included a tour in Vietnam, he became house drummer for Motown Records. In New York in the early 70s, he worked with Hampton Hawes, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean and Pharoah Sanders among many. In the 80s he was with Dizzy Gillespie, Cecil Taylor, Hank Jones and singers Jon Hendricks, Dakota Staton and Abbey Lincoln. Carvin continued playing with noted names through the 90s and also led his own small bands. He was heard frequently in Japan, where he enjoys great popularity, and also in Europe. Also in the mid-80s, Carvin began operating a successful drum school in New York City where one of his students was Ralph Peterson. Active in many areas of education, Carvin has taught in New York, Los Angeles, in Europe and at Rutgers University. A strikingly gifted percussionist, Carvin’s leanings are towards post-bop but his knowledge of all aspects of jazz drumming helps make him a formidable presence in many stylistically different bands.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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