In jazz, flutists are a rarity. Seattle bred Anne Drummond transforms the flute’s sound and contemporizes its style with a fresh artistic outlook. Whether leading her quintet or performing alongside pianist Kenny Barron, vibraphonist Stefon Harris or bassist Avishai Cohen, Anne is an original voice both lyrical and powerful, subtle yet driving.
In 1999, Drummond moved to New York to study piano with Kenny Barron at the Manhattan School of Music. “I was always able to express myself most easily on flute,” she says, “but for whatever reason I ended up as a piano major. Lucky for me because I met Kenny that way." At one of her practice sessions with Barron, Anne brought along a flute she had just purchased. Unaware that she was fluent on the instrument, Barron asked her to play. He was immediately impressed and soon after asked her to join his group Canta Brasil. That band included the top-notch Brazilian group Trio da Paz, featuring guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca. “I was thrilled to be introduced to the scene in the company of wonderful musicians,” she adds. “I learned fast on the bandstand thanks to their mentorship."
By the time Anne graduated from the conservatory in 2003, she had become established on the jazz circuit touring the US and Europe with Canta Brasil with whom she had recorded Barron’s CD, “Canta Brasil” (Sunnyside, 2002). She went on to record two more records with Barron: “Images" (Universal France, 2004), and a score for the film "Another Harvest Moon". Drummond has repeatedly been named a Rising Star in Downbeat magazine's Critics Poll.
Vibraphonist Stefon Harris was another major label artist to invite Anne to record: “Grand Unification Theory” (Blue Note, 2003, grammy nominated); “Evolution” (Blue Note, 2004); "African Tarantella…Dances With Duke" (Blue Note, 2006); and recently "Urbanus "(Concord, 2009). She was also featured on bassist Avishai Cohen’s notable release "Home" (RazdazRecords, 2005).
The summer and fall of '07 found Drummond on a world tour with the indie rock band Bright Eyes. Playing alto flute, hammond organ and backup vocals, she made TV appearances on David Letterman and Craig Ferguson. Well known as a teacher, Anne travels giving master classes and adjudicating competitions, in addition to teaching privately from her east village studio in NYC. She has been adjunct faculty at the New School for Social Research throughout '07 and '08 and has coached at Manhattan School of Music.
Anne Drummond's debut record "Like Water" is due to be released by Obliqsound records in May '09 and features her original compositions played by a Brazilian rhythm section and strings. Her group performs at festivals abroad and plays regularly in New York clubs. Anne spends much of her time composing and in '08 she wrote the score for a national television commercial for T-mobile.
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