When Scott Kettner looks at a map, he sees a direct line that connects the rivers of northeastern Brazil to the parishes of New Orleans and the streets of NYC. Kettner is the guiding force behind Nation Beat, a band whose teeming, vibrant rhythms find common ground in the primal maracatu rhythm of Brazils northeast, the Big Easys funky, hypnotic second-line and the unfettered freedom of big-city downtown jazz. He is the creator of WorldDrumLessons.Com, an online academy for percussionists. His instructional book, Maracatu for Drumset and Percussion is published by Hal Leonard.
"Nation Beat leader Scott Kettner is an expert in vibrant cross-cultural fusions" - Time Out New York
"His drumming seamlessly blends that Louisiana second-line sound with a Brazil-ified backbeat." - WNYC/NPR Radio