Karl Latham

“Karl Latham is an inventive powerhouse whose influences are many but whose ideas are his own.”

Jeff Tamarkin Allmusic.com

Voted #7 Drummer in The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2016
Voted #5 Drummer in The 37th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2015

Voted #7 Drummer in The 35th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2013
Drummerworld Top 500 Drummers

Karl Latham is a NY-based and internationally recognized drummer. He is known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles, playing funk, rock, Latin, modern jazz, straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde, and subbing on Broadway on “Bring It On” , “Hamilton” and the NYMF “Best in Show” “Children of Salt”.

Karl’s career has spanned the globe performing and recording with a wide spectrum of notable artists such as: The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars; The Fantasy Band (Dave Valentine; Dave Samuels; Chuck Loeb, Noel Pointer, Victor Bailey, Cornell Dupree, Roy Ayers, Larry Coryell); The Bernie Worrell Orchestra; Unit1 Mark Egan/Karl Latham John Hart; Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(K); Johannes Mossinger Quartet (with guests Joel Frahm, Don Braden, Seamus Blake, Johannes Enders and Joe Lovano); Jerry Vivino; Claudio Roditi; Slide Hampton; John Lee Quartet; The Shirelles; Clark Terry; Andy Snitzer; Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; Ali Ryerson; Yotam Silberstein; Roy Assaf; Charlie Elgart; Michal Urbaniak; Don Byron; Pete Levin; Howard Paul with guest Tom Scott; Dave Stryker; Jody Espina; David Spinozza; Atilla Zoller; Oz Noy; The Real Deal Big Band; Clifford Carter; Paul Rose; Bobby Messano; Mattias Schieffel; Andy Hunter; John Clark and Michael Rabinowitz; subbing on the Broadway.

Karl is co-leader of Big Fun(K) with saxophonist/composer Don Braden and co leader with Ryan Carniaux and Mark Egan of the “2016 BMW Welt Jazz Award” nominated group “Constellations”.  Karl was a member of the electric jazz jam group, Unit1, with Mark Egan and guitarist John Hart.

As a sideman, Karl has appeared on countless recordings.  To date Karl has released three CD’s as a leader: “Dancing Spirits” (1999) and “Resonance” (2007). As co leader Karl has released Don Braden/Karl Latham “Big Fun(K) Live” (2012) and Karl Latham/Ryan Carniaux/Mark Egan “Constellations” (2014) and his latest release Karl Latham “Living Standards” with Mark Egan and Vic Juris.

Karl received a B.S.S. from Ohio University and studied music performance at Rutgers University, Ohio University and Berklee College of Music, including private studies with drumming greats Gary Chester and Joe Morello. Karl is a long-standing adjunct professor at several New Jersey colleges, including Drew University, the County College of Morris and Passaic County Community College. Karl has also taught at Ramapo College and Sussex County Community College. Karl continues to teach workshops, master classes and clinics in the USA and abroad.

Karl is a proud artist/endorsee for:

Yamaha Drums

Paiste Cymbals

Evans Drumheads

Vic Firth Drumsticks

Big Fat Snare Drums


Karl is widely recognized as a veteran of the modern European Jazz scene since 1993. since 2001 Karl has appeared regularly with German pianist/composer Johannes Mossinger, including 7 CD releases along with notable jazz musicians:

Karl  has performed with German vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid with:

  • John Lee
  • Cameron Brown
  • Michal Urbaniak
  • Attila Zoller
  • Randy Brecker
  • Stefanie Schlesinger
  • Henning Sieverts
  • Ryan Carniaux
  • Mark Egan.


“‘Constellations’ is not your traditional jazz-fusion record with the expected constant grooves and singable melodies. It’s a record that carries you into another world, challenging your musical sensibilities as it takes you on the journey. Constellations is part of the new jazz movement that is shaping how we listen and evolve our music sensibilities in the 21st century and beyond.”

– Conrad Gayle (Twitter @CON_RADICAL) The Spill Magazine








“Jazz drummer Latham, inspired by Bjork’s 2007 side Volta, brilliantly reinterprets the Nordic chanteuse’s sound, style, and sensibility with the help of Mark Egan (on fretted and fretless Pedulla S-strings), trumpeter Ryan Carniaux, and keyboardist Nick Rolfe.”

Chris Jisi Bass Player Magazine


“Latham is an unshakable catalyst.

Owen Cordle JazzTimes

Big Funk is exactly that featuring drummer Karl Latham leading a pumping rhythm
section.  They provide a solid landscape for Don Braden (sax, fl) to build upon. The
program is mostly originals with a couple of complementary covers thrown in.
Keyboardist Nick Rolfe shares the lead lines with Braden and bassist Gary Foote is right
there with them as on “Deja Vu” and the explosive “A Foote In The Door”. Don shows his
stuff on “Having A Ball” a solo prelude to “Lucy In the Sky”. Energy packed to get your
head nodding and definitely funky!

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