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Jeff Kathan

Jeff Kathan is a big man. He's also the drummer for Sex and Violins. His job is simple...deliver the groove like a cattle brand from God. Deliver, he does, in spades.

THE FACTS

Jeff Kathan is a professional drummer who has had the honor of playing with such legendary rock artists as Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, The Firm), Ronnie Montrose (The Edgar Winter Group, Montrose, Gamma), and Howard Leese (Heart). Now beginning his 10th year of international touring experience as the rhythmic backbone of The Paul Rodgers Band, Kathan has earned his place as one of the world’s most respected touring drummers.

With a stature somewhere under 20-feet tall with arms the size of small oak trees, the term “power drummer” is often used to describe the big man, but Kathan’s talents are hardly limited to one style of skin bashing. Jeff has also brought a Blues/Funk groove to acts like Spike and the Impalers (featuring KZOK's Bob Rivers and Spike O'Neill) and the Sir Mix-A-Lot produced project, Outtasite. The high demand buzz that has been generated among producers in the industry is due in part to this type of immense versatility.

Jeff has also earned many endorsements with highly respected companies such as: D.W. Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Heads, VATER Drumsticks, Buttkicker, CAD Mics, Puresound, Randall May, Levy's Cases, Westone, Red Bear Cleaner, Holz, and Starflight cases.

THE STORY

It was at the tender age of eight years old when Jeff Kathan first discovered that he wanted to play drums. While visiting his grandfather in Colorado, Jeff was introduced to the jazz recordings of legendary drummer Gene Krupa. That profound event proved to be pivotal to the direction the rest of Jeff's life would take.

After years of practicing and playing with several local bands in the Northwest music scene, Jeff soon found himself playing with some of the top bands in the Seattle region. The traction he gained in the local music scene eventually led him to work with producer Mike Flicker of Heart fame. With Mike's recommendation, Jeff was recruited to play on some major recording sessions for Dixon House "Masked Madness" (A&M), Trooper's "Money Talks" (RCA), and The Kinetics (Etequette Records).

Jeff continued to practice hard; doing as many session recordings as he possibly could, and playing live on a regular basis. He performed with Vancouver BC area bands like Code Red before returning to the Seattle area, where he played with local acts like The Kinetics, Fighting Cocks, and the Rogers Rogers band. Jeff's relentless ambition helped bring his playing to new heights. Always striving to become better at his instrument, Jeff began adding more depth to his playing and was soon recruited by former Heart guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Jason Boyleston to form The Howard Leese Brigade.

Jeff was later approached by Paul Rodgers' manager to bring the entire Howard Leese Brigade to audition for Paul Rodgers and soon landed the gig. Howard Leese would temporarily leave to tour with Heart, and Randy Hansen was brought in to take over on guitar until Leese completed his touring obligations. When Jason Boyleston later decided to retire, Jeff recruited bassist, vocalist and good friend Lynn Sorensen to take over the bass duties. Together, they helped orchestrate the arrival of Joe Shikany as a second guitarist.

Jeff spent much of 2007 touring throughout Europe and the U.S. with Paul Rodgers, but during any time off during the tour Jeff and bandmate Lynn Sorensen kept themselves busy by playing local gigs and recording with Spike And The Impalers, The Fabulous Johnsons, Magic Bus, and of course Sex & Violins.

Jeff spends his “free time” trying to hone his craft even further by finding new artists to play with, while increasing his workload in the studio as well.

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JEFF KATHAN RELATED STORIES & INTERVIEWS

Latest article on Jeff in Classic Drummer magazine! (PDF)
Drum Magazine- Jeff Kathan Bangs Big Beat with Paul Rodgers
Drum Magazine - Jeff Kathan Track By Track
Modern Drummer - Jeff Kathan All Right Now with Paul Rodgers
ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE interview Jeff Kathan, Howard Leese & Lynn Sorensen
Jeff Kathan Story by Rick Sloot
Chat Transcript with Jeff Kathan

RELATED LINKS

PaulRodgers.com
AllRightNow.com Free - Bad Company - Paul Rodgers Fan Sit

 

 
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