Classic Conversations: From the Classic Drummer archives, an interview with Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, recorded at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.
At the age of 23, Los Angeles drummer Paul Kreibich got his first major jazz gig with the great jazz singer Carmen McRae. Paul later auditioned for Ray Charles, was hired on the spot, and toured with Charles for four years.
He became a first call LA drummer, working with jazz luminaries Mose Allison, Anita O’Day, Rosemary Clooney and Lee Konitz. His recording credits include Dianne Reeves, Bob Cooper, Conte Candoli, Cedar Walton, Kenny Burrell, Gene Harris, and many others.
Paul continues to tour, record and perform locally. He’s now on the music faculty at Cal State Fullerton and teaches privately.
Tina Raymond is a drummer based in Los Angeles. She attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the California Institute of the Arts, and studied jazz drum set with Joe LaBarbera, Jeff Hamilton, and the late John Von Ohlen. Her playing style blends traditional jazz vocabulary with African polyrhythms and classical percussion techniques. Raymond is an assistant professor of music at Los Angeles City College in Hollywood, CA where she teaches jazz and percussion as she continues to perform, adjudicate, and present workshops world-wide. Tina has shared the stage with many jazz luminaries. Her debut album, entitled “Left Right Left,” is on Orenda Records.