Ken Serio is top of the list when it comes to go-to drummers on the East coast of America. He has recorded, toured and performed with Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Joey Ramone, Mark Egan, Philip Glass, Danny Gottlieb and The Beastie Boys to name a few.
Ken has been playing drums since the age of 11 years old when he joined the Junior High School Band. Seeing Ringo on TV at a very early age influenced Ken and he began banging on pots, pans, boxes anything he could hit! At age 5 his parents bought him a toy "Cowsills" drumset and he loved it until he broke all the drumheads!
Ken grew up on Pawcatuck CT/Westerly RI border, a fishing and beach town in the north eastern USA.
Ken's parents were young when they had him and he was exposed to great deal of good music from The Beatles, Herb Alpert, Vanilla Fudge and Deep Purple which would end up being one of Ken's all time favourite bands. There was also soul music James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Issac Hayes and much more.
In 1987 Ken was a member of a band called Asylum that was on brink of signing with A&M records and touring with rock band Extreme. Things didn't work out and Ken found himself now looking at the bigger picture. He knew without question that he wanted to be a professional drummer, which led to his studies with a great drummer from Providence RI, Evan Burr.
Eventually Ken met Danny Gottlieb (The Pat Metheny Group), one of his drumming idols from his youth. Danny introduced Ken to Joe Morello (of Dave Brubeck "TAKE FIVE" fame).
Morello would go on to become Ken's teacher and advisor. This teacher/student relationship lasted the next 23 years until Joe' untimely death.
Ken moved to New York and studied with Kenwood Dennard and Zak Danziger and from there to New Jersey to become a great studio drummer doing recording sessions, jingles, and touring internationally.
Ken will be making a long awaited appearance in Europe this Autumn 2023, when he will be touring the "The Jazz Warriors" with special guest Dave Mullen. The Album "The Jazz Warriors" will be released in May 2023. The album sits between jazz, fusion and R 'n' B. The melodies are memorable and the tracks are punchy!
European jazz fans will have the chance to enjoy The Jazz Warriors energetic and dynamic performances in several cities across the continent. They are joined by the renowned saxophonist Dave Mullen, whose truly unique voice on his instrument adds to the line-up.
"he solos hot and swings hard"
- All About Jazz
The Jazz Warriors
The Ken Serio Jazz Trio
Workshop, Masterclass, Clinic