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Mat Marucci is an active performer, author, educator, and clinician listed in Who's Who In America, International Who's Who In Music (Cambridge, England) and the Institute of Jazz Studies (Rutgers University). His performing credits include jazz greats Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Eddie Harris, Buddy De Franco, Les McCann, Pharoah Sanders, and John Tchicai among others.

Mat has numerous critically acclaimed recordings to his credit as a leader and others as a sideman, including those with John Tchicai and Jimmy Smith, and is also the author of several books on drumming for both Lewis Music and Mel Bay Publications. His recordings and books have garnered four and five star reviews in Jazz Times, Jazziz, Modern Drummer, Downbeat and Drum! magazines and have also received nominations for awards.

Additionally, Mat has written numerous articles on drumming for Modern Drummer and Downbeat magazines and for the Percussive Arts Society's Percussive Notes and Percussion News. He has also been an adjunct faculty member for both American River College (Sacramento, CA) and The Jazzschool (Berkeley, CA) and is an endorser for Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth drumsticks and Puresound drum accessories.

" unpretentiously efficient drummer......." - Leonard Feather / L.A. Times

"....a vital and driving force, a compelling and empathetic accompanist." - Frankie Nemko / Downbeat Magazine

".....technically fearsome......" - Owen Cordle / Jazz Times

".....veteran percussionist deserving of wider recognition." - Ken Dryden / All Music Guide

"Mat's playin' his a** off." - jazz organist Jimmy Smith

"Yes, he can play! His time feel is smooth and floating." - T. Bruce Wittet / Drums, Etc.

"...popular and prolific sideman"........"well earned rep on the California coast." - Derek Taylor / Cadence Magazine

"Marucci is a sure propellant to any soloist"......"keenly aware..." - Clifford Allen / All About Jazz

".....quite simply a musician's musician"..."clear, definitive personality as a leader"....."personally distinctive drum sound....." - Marcus Crowder / Sacramento Bee

"A ride to deeper dimensions....." - Jackson Griffith / Sacramento News & Review

"The real deal...." - Eric Cohen / WAER-FM (Syracuse, NY)

"Marucci thunders with a percussive sparkle that twists and turns with surprises at every corner." - Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine

"Sounds are great!" - Miff Mole, KSDS-FM

"I saw Mat play with Jimmy Smith and sat thinking, 'that is what it sounds like to play perfectly for the music.'"..."soloing techniques are not only musical, but original and fascinating for the eyes and ears"..."true master of the drums." - Johnny Rabb

"On fire!"........Bud Spangler, KCSM-FM/Independent Record Producer

"...... this set confirms that Marucci is one of the most underrated freebop drummers on the West Coast, much less anywhere else." - Clifford Allen, All About Jazz, NY

"His propulsive drumming positively lifts any straight-ahead outfit to another level. We could listen to this cat for hours." - Brick Wahl, LA Weekly

"I didn't know anything about Mat Marucci. I feel like an explorer who discovers the forest behind the tree!" - Killer Groove Music Library


"Live at Jazz Central" (2014) Cimpol Records, New York
"Why Not?" (2012, Co-Leader with Doug Webb) Cadence Jazz Records, New York
"Live at the Jazz Bakery" (2010) Marco Records, Los Angeles
"Partners In Crime" (2009, Co-Leader with Doug Webb) Cadence Jazz Records, New York
"Change-Up" (2007, Co-Leader with Doug Webb) CIMP Records, New York
"No Lesser Evil" (2007, Co-leader with Doug Webb) Cadence Jazz Records, New York
"3 The Hard Way" (2006, Co-Leader with Doug Webb) CIMP Records, New York
"Genesis" (2004, Co-Leader Sacramento Musical Arts Ensemble) Cadence Jazz Records, New York
"Ulterior Motif" (1998) Jazz Inspiration Records, Canada
"Body And Soul" (1991) Timeless Records, Holland
"Avant-Bop" (1983) Tudor Records, New York
"Extensity" (1981) Marco Records, Los Angeles
"Festival" (1980) Marco Records, Los Angeles
"Lifeline" (1980) Marco Records, Los Angeles
"Who Do Voo Doo" (1979) Marco Records, Los Angeles


David Haney, "Avenue of the Americas" CIMP Records (2012)
David Haney, "Live From Yoshi's" Cadence Jazz Records (2010)
Bruce Kelly, "Invitation To A Song" Markane Records (2009)
Valerie V, "Nice 'N' Easy" CDL Records (2009)
Jimmy Smith, "Daybreak" West Wind (2005)
Various Artists, "Jazz For Lovers" Direct Source (2000)
John Tchicai, "Infinitesimal Flash" Challenge/Buzz Records (2000)
Various Artists, "Matinee Jazz" Jazz Notes Records(1998)
John Allen " Dreamworld" Digital Futures (1991)


Mel Bay Publications - "Jazz Drumming Essentials and More"; "Drumstick Finger Systems and Techniques";                                                        “Drum Rudiments: A Simple Approach”; "Drumming Facts, Tips and Warm-ups"; "15-Minute Warm-Ups For Drums"

Ashley Publications - "Progressive Studies For Drums";  "Progressive Studies In Jazz Drumming"  

Self-Published - "Alternate Sticking Exercises" (2014); “Progressive Snare Drum Method” (2013)  

Downbeat Magazine - "Woodshed" Masterclass (2010); "Woodshed" Masterclass (2009); "Pro Session" (2004) 

Modern Drummer Magazine - Articles on Technique and Musical Concepts

Percussive Notes, Percussion News - Instructional Articles

Dorn Publications - Masterclass CD for "Sticks & Mallets" Magazine (1998)  


Who's Who In Entertainment (1st Edition 1989)(3rd Edition 1998-1999)                                                                                                                              Who's Who In America (1991 - 1992)                                                                                                                                                                                                             International Who's Who In Music - Cambridge, England (2nd Edition 1998-1999)(3rd Edition 2000-2001)                                                  Artscapes 2003 Grant Recipient - Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission                                                                                                                   Recording Grant - Samuel C. Allen Foundation (2003)                                                                                                                                                                          Institute of Jazz Studies - Rutgers University (2007)                                                                                                                                                                             Nomination: Intruction Book Of The Year - Drum! Magazine (2007)                                                                                                                                          Jazz Encyclopedia listing- (2008)


Former Faculty Member - The JazzSchool, Berkeley, CA                                                                                                                                                                   Adjunct Professor - Los Rios Community College District                                                                                                                                                                     Applied Music Instructor - American River College, Sacramento, CA.                                                                                                                                               Sacramento City College/Sacramento, CA/A.A. Degree - Music                                                                                                                                                           Auburn Community College/Auburn, N.Y./ A.A.S. Degree - Retail Bus. Mgmt.


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