Karl Latham

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

Karl’s career has spanned the globe performing, recording with and producing with Grammy Award winning artists, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and multitude of internationally acclaimed musicians.  Karl is known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles.  Karl is included in the Drummerworld Top Drummers list. In addition to leading his own group “Living Standards”, 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.

Karl is currently an adjunct percussion instructor at Drew University, County College of Morris and Passaic County Community College.

Karl is an endorsing artist for Paiste Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Big Fat Snare, AEA Ribbon Microphones, Heil Sound, AvantonePro Kick and RME.

As a freelance drummer Karl has performed Ali Ryerson; The Bernie Worrell Orchestra; Charlie Elgart; Michal Urbaniak; Jerry Vivino; Andy Snitzer; Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; The Shirelles; The Real Deal Big Band;  John Lee (Executive Director Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra);  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); Claudio Roditi; Slide Hampton; Clark Terry; Tomoko Ohno; Michael Dease; Sharrel Cassidy; Yotam Silberstein; Jon Faddis; Roy Assaf; Ed Cherry; Clifford Carter;  Liz Queller; Johannes Mossinger Quartet (with guests Joel Frahm Joe Lovano, Bob Malach, Boris Kozlov, Seamus Blake, Kermit Driscoll, Calvin Jones, Rudi Engel, Johannes Enders, Thomas Lahns, Andy McKee, and Don Braden); Howard Paul with guests Tom Scott, Anat Cohen and Jody Espina; Johannes Mossinger Quartet (with guests Joel Frahm, Don Braden, Seamus Blake, Johannes Enders and Joe Lovano); Bob Gluck; Christopher Dean Sullivan; Don Byron; Pete Levin; Dave Stryker;  David Spinozza; Atilla Zoller; Oz Noy; Clifford Carter; Mattias Schieffel; Andy Hunter; Will Lee; Yotam Silberstein; Stefanie Schlesinger; renowned vibraphonist/composer Wolfgang Lackerschmid (John Lee, Cameron Brown, Michal Urbaniak, Attila Zoller, Randy Brecker, Stefanie Schlesinger, Henning Sieverts, Ryan Carniaux, Mark Egan).

Karl has subbed on the Broadway productions of “Bring It On” , “Hamilton”,  “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”.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, Michael Carvin and Joe Morello. 

Karl is a proud artist/endorsee for:

Yamaha Drums
Paiste Cymbals
Evans Drumheads
Innovative Percussion
AEA Ribbon Microphones
Big Fat Snare Drums
Radial Engineering

Karl Latham Voted #7 Drummer in The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2016

Voted  “The Best 25 Instrumental Jazz CD” The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards Best of 2016

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

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



Jerry Vivino/Karl Latham/Will Lee


The Bernie Worrell Orchestra


Mike DeMicco/Karl Latham/Ali Ryerson/Mark Egan/Pete Levin


Johannes Mossinger/Calvin Jones/Joel Frahm/Karl Latham


Michael Urbaniak/Karl Latham/John Lee/Wolfgang Lackerschmid


Kevin Bale/Karl Latham/Howard Paul/Tom Scott


Johannes Mossinger/Calvin Jones/Joel Frahm/Karl Latham


Jody Espina/Sam Montooth/Karl Latham/Howard Paul/TBA


Don Braden/Mark Peterson/Karl Latham/Howard Paul/Eric Jones


Johannes Mossinger/Joel Frahm/Calvin Jones/Karl Latham


Karl Latham/John Hart/Mark Egan


The Shirelles


Andy Snitzer


Mark Peterson/Jon Faddis

“‘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


Howard Paul – President Benedetto Guitars


John Lee -Director Dizzy Gillespie Alumni


Michael Carvin/Ndugu



Jeff Peterson – RME

Antonio Sanchez/Andres Forero/Karl Latham/Jerry Marotta


Charles Collins/Vince Wilburn

Jason Gianni

Jaime Lozano

Don Braden/Oscar Perez/Calvin Jones/Karl Latham

Jerry Vivino

Johannes Mossinger

Kevin Bales

Anat Cohen

“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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