Hailing from Houston, Texas, Master Drummer Michael Carvin's musical journey began at a young age, learning from his father, a top drummer in Houston. By the age of twelve, Carvin was already playing professionally, winning the first of five consecutive Texas rudimental championships.
With a diverse career that includes working as a staff drummer at Motown Records and extensive studio and television work on the West Coast, Michael Carvin's drumming prowess has made him a sought-after talent in the world of jazz. His reputation as one of the most formidable drummers in the jazz scene was solidified when he joined Freddie Hubbard's band in 1973, moving to New York and leaving an indelible mark on the jazz landscape.
Carvin's impressive body of work spans collaborations with jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, and many more. He's recorded on over 250 albums, showcasing his versatility and innovation as a drummer. His documentary film, Michael Carvin: No Excuses, has been awarded Best Music Documentary (The People's Film Festival, 2017) and Best Jazz History Documentary (New York Jazz Film Festival, 2017).
But Michael Carvin is not just a remarkable performer; he's also an esteemed educator and clinician. His teaching has attracted students from all over the world, and his students have gone on to become elite drummers in the music industry.