Why Rhythm Traders Studio?
We welcome all skill levels.
Secure learning environment.
Growing roster of skilled instructors that are all local professionals.
Private, one-on-one lessons emphasizing the core concepts of technique, groove, reading and stylistic interpretation.
Each lesson path is designed specifically for the student.
We are the pacific northwest’s only lesson studio specializing in all aspects of drums and percussion:
Hand & Foot Technique
Group and Individual Instruction
Specialties: Jazz, Latin, Funk, Afro-beat
Born in Ghana, West Africa, Annoh's own style comes from jazz greats such as Max Roach, Cosy Cole, & Elvin Jones. In addition to jazz, Annoh is a specialist in percussion, and congas. He's played at the BBC studios in London, traveled through Africa, Europe, and the US. He's played with Highlife pioneer E.T. Mensah, Obo Addy, and the Ghana Broadcasting Orchestra. Currently, he drums for Michael Allan Harrison and other top groups in town.
Specialties: Jazz, Rock, Swing, Big Band, Fusion
Los Angeles Times longtime Jazz Music critic Don Heckman once wrote of Carlton Jackson's drumming as being "intensely musical..."
The description perfectly describes Carlton, as he has been associated with various areas within the musical world, and continues to be a first call musician in the performance and recording industry. His flowing, incisive style & a firm respect for the inherent tradition of various music genres has made him a natural choice for local, national, and international projects. This awareness has led to his performances appearing in feature films, television and radio.
Celebrating the diverse musical community which continually engages him, Carlton brings his distinctive style to each musical endeavor. A native of Portland, Oregon, his well-documented work with contemporary jazz pianists Tom Grant and Dan Siegel, guitarists Dan Balmer and Terry Robb, Blues/R&B singers D.K.Stewart and Curtis Salgado, country-pop singer Toni Land and iconoclastic composer Jon Newton, have solidified his performer status as engaging and versatile.
A further sampling of the artists whom Carlton has worked with includes the legendary "Father of the Jazz Walking Bass" Leroy Vinnegar, as well as other greats such as Billy Eckstine, Bo Diddley, Jerry Hahn, Maryann Price, Mark Isham, Jim Pepper, Bobby Torres, James Cotton, Houston Person, actor Bruce Willis, Melissa Walker, Dianne Schuur, Larry Coryell, Danny Barnes, Bill Frisell, and Gordon Lee (in Trio & Big Band settings.)
In addition to jazz, blues, rock, country and other contemporary styles, Carlton has also worked under the batons of symphonic and orchestral direction by such conductors as Pete Rugolo, Norman Leyden and James DePreist (Oregon Symphony Orchestra.)
His current musical focus is co-direction of an 18 piece big band with the talented and prolific composer/arranger Dave Mills in the Portland area. The Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band has performed at many prestigious events & venues including the PDX Waterfront Blues Festival, The Mt. Hood Festival Of Jazz, The Oregon Symphony, and The Rose Festival. In addition, the group was featured in a program by Oregon Public Broadcasting which profiled the band and it's co-leaders.
Rock, Jazz, Metal, Indie, Pop, Soul
Ryan has been teaching individualized drum lessons in the Portland area since 1995. His lessons are tailored to the student — stressing technique, independence, reading, transcription, preparation, and above all, confidence. He currently plays around Portland with the bands Hound the Wolves (Post-Metal/Psychedelic) and The Tumblers (Country/Alt-Country). Beginners are always welcome!
Specialties: Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Jazz, Reggae, Indie
Jolie Clausen has been playing drums professionally for 30 years all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond and has been teaching for 15 years. Her current projects include Ashleigh Flynn and The Riveters, an all female Rock/Americana group based out of Portland and LA; Michelle DeCourcey Project (Hard Rock); guitarist/singer/songwriter Tom Holland (Classic Rock) and Al Perez (R&B/Soul). She has worked with The Norman Sylvester Band, Robbie Laws, Bill Rhoades, Michael Osborne, Tracey Fordice, Duffy Bishop, James Lowe Band, Billy Kennedy, Freak Mountain Ramblers and Gary Bennett and the Coattail Riders to name a few. She loves the musical diversity in Portland and the chance to play many different styles of music in any given week.
Jolie studied drums and percussion at Whitman College and Eastern Washington University while going to high school in Walla Walla, Washington. She played in musical productions, jazz ensembles, big bands, the Walla Walla Symphony under Maestro Yaakov Bergman and had her own rock band that played local gigs and did studio recording. After graduating high school she moved to Portland and studied music at Mount Hood Community College where she met many fabulous musicians and instructors, one of which was local legend Mel Brown, her favorite and most influential teacher. She has also studied with Don Worth, Gary Hobbs, Professor of Music Percussion at PSU Joel Bluestone, Reinhardt Melz and Ron Tuttle.
Jolie welcomes drummers of all ages, styles and levels, especially beginners! She can show you how to play your favorite songs while building coordination, learning notation and the 40 international drum rudiments. She can also help a seasoned drummer learn new styles, read drum charts and increase coordination and technique.
Specialties: Indie-Rock, Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Experimental, Drum and Bass
Joey Harmon started teaching for hire at age 14 and has coupled his extensive teaching experience with performances all over North America as drummer for acts like Tango Alpha Tango, Fox and Bones,and the Stone Foxes. His drumming is featured in the trailer and soundtrack to the film, Lady Bird as well as numerous international TV and radio commercials. Joey graduated from the New School Jazz of with a BFA in drum set and a BA in psychology from Eugene Lang in Manhattan. He is the multi-instrumentalist behind the band, Bootes Void and has been applauded by the Oregonian and opbmusic as writing one of the ten best songs of the year.
Specialties: Rock, Punk, Indie, Beginners
Shanna has been teaching drums for over 20 years. She specializes in beginner to intermediate drumming, focusing on coordination, learning and writing new beats, improving technical skills, and helping students reach their individual goals. She believes anyone can learn to play the drums and have a lot of fun in the process.
Specialties: Jazz, Swing, Brushes
Dave began studying drums at the age of five and played his first professional job at fifteen. His earliest instruction was from his father, a local jazz drummer and instructor whose career began during WWII as a bandsman for the USO. As a young student, Dave commuted to New York City, studying with the prominent drummers Joe Cusatis, Charli Persip, Jim Chapin, Michael Carvin and Joe LaBarbara.
After college, Dave moved to NYC and began making inroads into the jazz scene, doing performances and studio work on the east coast in upstate New York and Connecticut. In 1981, Dave had the opportunity to travel to Norway and performed steadily throughout Scandinavia for two years. He played the Molde and Voss Jazz festivals each year with European and American musicians such as Eje Thelin, Karin Krogg, Arild Anderson, Jon Balke, Armen Donelian, John Surman, Tony Coe and many others. Regionally, Dave has performed with Dave Captein, Toni Pacini, Jerry Hahn, John Stowell, Randy Porter, Rob Davis, Ed Bennett, Steve Christofferson, George Mitchell and Chuck Redd.
Upon returning to the States, he completed a degree in Music Education from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey) and in 1996 moved to the Northwest where he performs and teaches in the Portland Metro area. In 2010 he was inducted into The Oregon Jazz Society Hall of Fame with the long-standing group Tall Jazz.
Dave’s inspiration over the years has been influenced by a wealth of master musicians such as: Bill Evans, Max Roach, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Keith Jarrett, Roy Haynes, Shelley Manne and others. He has performed with: Eddie Fisher, Mose Allison, Carl Saunders, John Surman, Eje Thelin, Eric Balke, Jon Balke, Armen Donelian, Karin Krogg, and Arild Anderson.
Specialties: Djembe, Conga, Percussion
Catón teaches several of our Djembe and Conga workshops. These group classes focus on basic technique and polyrhythms used in playing the Djembe, Sangban, Kenkeni and Dununba drums. Studies include popular West African traditional rhythms from Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Guinea, and Cote Ivoire.
Group Classes ($15 drop in fee):
Djembe Explore: Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11:15 a.m.
Djembe 2: Saturdays 12:30 p.m.
Conga: Saturdays 1:45 p.m.
Specialties: Congas, Timbales, Bata, Cajon
As a passionate music educator, he has worked with students of all ages and skill levels. In his early teaching career, he was a piano and guitar instructor at Grand Street Music in Portland, Oregon from 1995-97. After relocating to Austin in 1997, he taught guitar at Rey Hennings Heart of Texas Music from 1997-1998. From 1999-2001 he worked along side John Lopez at the Texas State University Latin Jazz program as an instructor of drums, percussion and piano. From 2001-present day Carmelo has worked with Anthropos Arts Program's Dylan Jones, focusing on drum and percussion education and performance.
In addition to being an educator, he has toured, performed and recorded with artists and bands such as grammy winners: Los Lonely Boys, Jason Mraz, Willie Nelson, Grupo Fantasma and Milton Nascimento. As well as, Lukas Nelson, Christian Castro, Del Castillo, Vallejo, The Brew, Guy Forsyth, Brownout, Alejandro Escovedo, Oskar Cartaya, Los Timberos del Norte, Lavelle White, Will Taylor, and countless more. As a music educator, Carmelo strives to get the very best out of his students, transferring his love for music and teaching, and also shows them how to have fun along the way.
R&B, Hip-Hop, EDM, Country, Hard Rock, Rock
Sean is a teacher, session drummer, and engineer from Denver, Colorado. Growing up, he studied percussion and jazz under Blue Knights writer and instructor Mike Nevin. After studying percussion performance at the University of Northern Colorado, Sean toured the country with Denver rock group The Heyday. In 2012, Sean relocated to Nashville, TN where he toured with national artists like Matt Hires, Kaptan, Kiernan McMullan and Stealing Oceans. Sean currently resides in Portland, OR teaching and composing.
Contact Store Manager James Travers regarding questions or to book your lesson: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 503-288-6950.