Joel Fountain – Drummer
Joel Fountain is a very busy freelance drummer residing in Vancouver BC, Canada. He performs on a regular basis at clubs, hotels, casinos, recording studios, convention centers, bars, and concert venues in Vancouver and around the world. Some career highlights include; Performing in Russia with trumpet virtuoso & ‘Order of Canada’ recipient Jens Lindemann; performing concerts with Canadian Jazz sensation Laila Biali; touring the world with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson as part of his ‘Big Bop Nouveau band’ (including concerts with Diane Schuur & Slide Hampton); playing in the Grammy nominated jazz big band the “One O’clock Lab band” (including concerts with The Brecker Brothers, Terry Gibbs, Byron Stripling, and Tom ‘bones’ Malone). Joel is regularly featured as a sideman on multiple ‘indie’ recordings every year, and when not recording in the studio he performs locally with many great Vancouver musicians including Jennifer Scott, Brad Turner, Miles Black, Seamus Blake, Bruno Hubert, Chris Gestrin, and Jodi Proznik, to name just a few.
Joel earned his bachelors degree in music from the University of North Texas (magna cum laude in jazz arranging), and whilst studying in Texas he had the opportunity to perform concerts with Rufus Reid, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Byron Stripling, Mike Stern, Jim Snidero, plus many other great Texas musicians including John Adams, Rodney Booth, Shelley Carrol, Dan Haerle, Noel Johnston, and many more. Joel studied drum set with Ed Soph for 4 years, and also with Canadian drum teacher Don Reid for 3 years. Joel has played on many full length CD’s, including releases on Nagelheyer records (the Lynn Seaton trio), Summit records (the Steve Anderson trio), “Lab 2001” with the One O’clock Lab band, and also his own modern jazz album “Saturn Return” on SiTMoM records.
Contact info: joel @ joelfountain . com