Born July 4th 1970 in Chicago Illinois.
Along with my musical recording projects as a guitar player/singer, I am known in and
outside of Los Angeles for being an underground jazz/rock/world music drummer. For the
past 5 years I have been host/drummer/bandleader to regular weekly jam sessions at DUBES,
featuring many of the top improvisational musicians in Los Angeles. Shea Welsh, DJ
Bonebrake, Angel Lebron, Michael Fortunato, Michelle Coltrane, Evan Calbi, Amir Efrat, Max
Perkoff, Oran Ben Avi, Lior Ron, Franz Merphert, Elvira Barjau, Gregroie Raymond, Shin
Kawasaki, Tal Moore, BJ Dubin, Wayne O-Mills, Richard Hardy, Erik Krogh, Sam Riney, Pete
Korpela, Robin Russell and many others. This is some of the most exciting music being
played in Los Angeles!!!
I was also the house drummer with The Pickering Street Players, a children's theater group
with musical director Paul Cady from 2005-2008. We played top shows like Annie, The
Nightmare Before Christmas, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Wizard of Oz and many others.
And I played drums for the critically acclaimed A Night with Paul Lynde starring Michael
Airington playing The Madrid Theater and a very successful run at Ultra Suede in West
Hollywood in summer of 2006. Stay tuned for the resurrection of the exciting show!
I’ve also worked with Black Note, Eric Reed, Vernell Brown Jr, Gilbert Castellanos, Mike
Elizando, Ray Campi, Skip Heller, Nicole Martel, Anne Keeler, Robert Drasnin, The David
Becker Tribune, David Schiffman (Esalen Inst.), The Danny Gale Quartet (Royal Caribbean
Cruise Ship), Jeff Jones (Italy), Rick Ness, Steve Uppling, Osama Affifi, Greg Erba and
As a guitarist, in 2007 along with my brother BJ, we formed 226 SOUTH WABASH to play at The
Monterey Bay Blues Festival. That famous address is the former address of my family's
FRANKS DRUM SHOP in Chicago, Illinois. The after party pro jam session at Sly McFly’s on
Cannery Row was AMAZING!
I've produced two CD's The Little Red Box and Coming Back w/Greg Erba. Both available on
iTUNES and CD BABY. I have two music video's Do You Get Me by director Jaret Sacrey
produced by myself and James Bennett. And Butterfly Baby directed by Matthew Magnolia.
In 2007 my group The Dubin Collective played on the short film Tonight Only providing an
improvised jazz score to the Jaret Sacrey directed short. And in 2008 Jaret and I
collaborated again on an Ashley Furniture commercial in which I wrote the music and
performed on the stoop of a brownstone on the NYC Backlot Street’s of Paramount Studios.
I have been playing drums since 1972 and teaching drums since 1984. My grandfather Maurie
Lishon and Uncle Marty Lishon owned the world famous FRANKS DRUM SHOP in Chicago, IL. I am
a former student of Phil Stanger, Master Teacher Freddie Gruber, Gregg Bissonette, and Jim
Ganduglia (Johnny Mathis). Babatunde Olatunji also became a tremendous inspiration to me
after meeting and playing for him at Esalen Inst. in Big Sur, CA. inspiring me to study
hand drumming with Leon Mobley.
I grew up around the best drummers in the world like Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Alex Acuna,
Chester Thompson, Phil Collins, Emil Richards, The Grateful Dead, The Doobie Brothers, and
The Allman Brothers who were all frequent family friends/clinicians/customers of FRANKS
I've taught drums for The Music School in Sherman Oaks, CA, and Drummers World in Sherman
Oaks, CA, and Woodlow Music in Woodland Hills, CA. And, I co-taught the three jazz bands
at The New Rhodes High School in Santa Monica, CA w/Shea Welsh 2005-2006. I now teach
private drum/guitar/percussion/bass/music lessons out of my home studio and live web cam
guitar lessons via SKYPE on the internet.
I am available as a drummer for recording, touring, private instruction, and clinics.
Also, as a guitarist for writing, recording, touring and teaching. And I specialize in
making other musicians and singers sound GREAT!!!