Jim Toscano is a NYC freelance drummer, educator, clinician and is the author of Filling In The Grooves: The Ultimate Guide To Drum Fills.
Jim began playing the drums at the age of 10, studying with local teachers in his birthplace, Brooklyn NY. Jim then went on to study at the Drummers Collective with Kim Plainfield, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and then later with Victor Lewis and Charlie Persip. Jim later found inspiration and a deeper understanding of drum technique as well as life from the amazing “Wizdom” of Dom Famularo. Jim has also studied with world-class drummers, Marko Djordjevic, and Claus Hessler.
Jim’s passion for teaching arrived at a young age. He has built a successful private teaching and technology coaching practice with more than 200 students worldwide, and maintains a busy online presence, live streaming, workshops, masterclasses and his weekly Hand Technique Workshop. Jim is a frequent contributor to the Sabian Education Network.
Jim is currently working with several NY Artists and many recording projects, including Giant Flying Turtles, Roger Street Friedman Band, and an original Jazz Fusion Project will bassist Rob Glick, vibraphonist Bill Ware and saxophonist, Russ Paladino.
Jim Toscano uses Sabian cymbals, Prologix Percussion, Offset Pedals, Tama Drums, & Evans drumheads.