Five Firsts: Jerry Marotta of David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars

June 20th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Jerry Marotta

Jerry Marotta

NAME: Jerry Marotta
BAND AFFILIATION: court appointed drummer

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland

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Real Good for Free: Space Toilets’ “The Wizard’s Demon End”

November 1st, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

Jed Davis – formerly of such bands as the Hanslick Rebellion, Collision, Jeebus and others – has been a busy, busy guy this year.

Upon leaving Brooklyn and returning once again to make his home in Nippertown, Davis released “Yuppie Exodus From DUMBO,” a wax cylinder single.

Then he finally got around to finishing up and releasing his years-in-the-making full-length CD, “The Cutting Room Floor.”

Now, he’s teamed up with Avi Zahner-Isenberg – guitarist-vocalist with Sub Pop Records’ indie rockers Avi Buffalo – to form Space Toilets.

Davis describes the project as “an improvisational collaboration.” He says, “We recorded a number of fun keyboard/guitar jams, then added vocalish-type stuff on top.”

The first fruit of their musical labor is a sprawling, 10-minute track titled “The Wizard’s Demon End,” and you can download it for free.

Meanwhile… Davis showcases yet another collaboration live on Tuesday evening at the Fake Coffeehouse (the old Rathskellar) in UAlbany’s Campus Center. Davis, who performs there each Tuesday evening, will join forces with dynamo drummer Jerry Marotta for a free show at 7pm Tuesday. Sharing the bill will be Michael Eck (in maximum solo acoustic mode).

LIVE: Jerry Marotta & Friends @ UAlbany, 9/22/10

September 30th, 2010, 11:01 am by Sara

Last Wednesday, master drummer and first-call session player Jerry Marotta dropped by the UAlbany campus, but this was no ordinary gig.

Marotta set up his drums at UAlbany’s State Quad and invited anyone passing by to join in for a massive percussion jam session. More than 20 folks added their percussive rhythms to the big beat, playing all kinds of instruments from Taos drum to kalimba.

Give a listen:

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Jammin’ With Jerry

September 21st, 2010, 10:57 am by Greg

Jerry Marotta

Jerry Marotta

Jerry Marotta isn’t a big name rock star, but if you’re one of those people who spends hours pouring over the fine-print credits in CD booklets or on the back of vinyl albums, you’ve surely come across his name. Probably a whole bunch of times. He’s a master drummer and an A-list studio musician.

Here’s a short list of just some of the people that have played with Marotta over the years:

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