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 Toscano has been playing drums since the age of 10. He grew up in Brooklyn NY studying with local teachers. Jim then went on to study at the Drummers Collective with Kim Plainfield, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and then with Victor Lewis and Charlie Persip at Jazz Mobile. Jim maintained a busy performance schedule while working on his degree in Music from CUNY’s, AFM 802 Music Program. Jim later found inspiration and a deeper understanding of drum technique and life from the amazing “Wizdom” of Dom Famularo. Jim has also studied with world-class drummers, Marko Djordjevic, Chad Wackerman and Claus Hessler.
Jim’s passion for teaching arrived at a young age. He has built a successful private teaching practice with more than 100 students, and maintains a busy clinic schedule with schools, stores, and his Hand Technique Workshop. Jim is a frequent contributor to the Sabian Education Network.
Jim has played with countless bands and artists, remaining independent which has allowed him to constantly evolve and explore new music. Jim is currently performing with several NY Artists and many recording projects, including Giant Flying Turtles Roger Street Friedman Band, and Kairos, an original Jazz Fusion Project.
Jim Toscano uses Sabian cymbals, Offset Pedals, Tama Drums, Evans drumheads.