Pete Zimmer moved to New York City in June of 2001, and has since released five (5) critically acclaimed albums as a leader on his own record label, Tippin Records. The albums showcase his constant swing on the drums and his skillful and melodic compositions. His composition, œTime That Once Was, a ballad recorded on his first album Common Man, was licensed to Sony Pictures Television and is featured in the opening scene of the series œMasters of Sex (Episode 307, Monkey Business), aired on Showtime. He has received many accolades from major publications. "Pete Zimmer has learned his New York lessons well, as his dry tone, meaty swing beat and subtle accents make him an old hand (Down Beat), and "Zimmer's drumming boasts a crisp, swinging command with judicious musicality." (Modern Drummer) Zimmer has performed and recorded with George Garzone, Jeremy Pelt, Michael Rodriguez, Joel Frahm, Peter Bernstein, Ron McClure and others.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceWhen I was 20 years old and saxophonist George Garzone asked me to sub a number of times for Bob Gullotti in their free jazz group “The Fringe” with John Lockwood on bass in Boston. That experience took my playing to a whole new level.
What Drives Your Creativity?I’m heavily inspired by a lot of the great jazz drummers, some in particular are: Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, “Philly” Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, Louis Hayes, Tony Williams, among many others.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I love all of the VF American Jazz series sticks for different settings I play in, but lately I’ve been digging the MJ3 from the Modern Jazz Collection as it’s slightly longer. The weight and the elongated shape of the bead gets a full sound, specifically when riding on the cymbals, that I’m loving!