“The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy kicks, punches, grooves, and sways in all the right ways. “ — All About Jazz
Tonight resident artist Tommy Igoe and Throckmorton Theatre have teamed up to present the first of a 3 concert musical initiative! The Emerging Artists Initiative will offer young musicians an opportunity to feature at each of the 3 concerts planned for 2017 alongside an ensemble of 14 of the Bay Area’s most talented musicians. A slate of workshops and clinics are also planned throughout the year, along with the extraordinary opportunity to be mentored by Tommy Igoe and other leading artists. Both Igoe and Throckmorton are committed to offering young musicians the opportunity to grow and realize their full potential.
The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy is the mighty 14-piece powerhouse that unites players from bands such as Tower of Power, the Doobie Brothers, and Steely Dan and unleashes them on fabulous charts with reckless abandon. Tommy, long-time leader of New York’s thrilling Birdland band and Broadway drum guru – he wrote the drum book and shared conducting chores for Broadway’s The Lion King – reinvented the big band for his new SF musical home.
Tommy Igoe is a world-class musician living in San Francisco. He has been long recognized as one of the finest drummers in the world and is the top-selling author in his field with four #1 titles on Amazon.com. He began drumming before the age of 2, started classical piano at 10, won every music competition available to him in High School, simultaneously winning two High Percussion awards with the legendary Bridgemen Drumlines. In 1997, Tommy wrote the drum set book for Disney’s epic Broadway production of the “The Lion King” where he served as principal drummer and conductor. He has played drums on three Grammy award winning recordings and was voted the World’s #1 Jazz Drummer in the 2014 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll. He has created two ongoing weekly musical residency at iconic Jazz clubs in New York and San Francisco. His New York band, The Birdland Big Band, is the most popular weekly music event in the city for the last 9 years. His most recent and exciting project is the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy, a 15-piece supergroup from the San Francisco that has quickly become an integral part of the San Francisco cultural landscape. He is currently the President of Deep Rhythm Music, his recording studio, publishing arm, record label and has several endorsement partners.