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Carvin, Michael (Wayne)

Carvin, Michael (Wayne)

jazz drummer; b. Houston, Tex., Dec. 12, 1944. His father was a drummer who taught him the basics prior to Carvin joining Earl Grant’s big band in the mid-1960s. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, Carvin played with B. B. King. During the 1970s, he worked with Freddie Hubbard (1973–74), Hampton Hawes (1971–72), Dexter Gordon (1971), Pharoah Sanders (1974–76), McCoy Tyner (1974), Jackie McLean (1973–80), and Alice Coltrane (1976–77), as well as leading his own quintet from 1976 to 1979. In the 1980s he spent time with the Bridge water Bros. (1980–85), Cecil Taylor (1981), Slide Hampton (1981–83), James Moody (1981–84), Illinois Jacquet (1985–86), and Dakota Staton (1986–88). The early 1990s found him working with Abbey Lincoln and Claudio Roditi. At the same time, he has been active as a freelance musician in the studio. Besides his performing work, Carvin has been active as a jazz educator, founding the Michael Carvin School of Drumming in 1985 and authoring a jazz drum instruction book.


Antiquity (1974); Camel (1975); First Time (1986); Between Me and You (1988); Revelation (1989); Each One Teach One (1992). H. Hawes: Live at Montmartre (1971). D. Gordon: A Little Night Music (1971). J. McLean: New York Calling (1974).

—Lewis Porter

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