Michael Eck started drum lessons at age eight. His father loves Jazz and played
records for him at a young age. He listened to Shelly Mann, Joe Morello, Buddy
Rich and many other Jazz drummers. Michael was All-Eastern Connecticut, All
State and All New England in drum competitions in High School. After studying
with Earnset Centiscudi he auditioned at Manhattan School Of Music and was
accepted in 1976 under Dr. Fred Hinger, timpanist for the Metropolitan Opera House and former
timpanist for the Philadelphia
Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy.
Michael went on to play professionally and toured the East Coast in the 1980's.
He teaches mathematics and computer science at Drexel University and is a
consultant in the computer science field. He enjoys composing music and playing
the drums at the 23rd St. Cafe on Tuesday
"It is really an intimate place where people come from all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey to perform and listen to great Jazz. Everyone is
welcome to perform. As a drummer I am always learning how to keep better time
and listen to each musician as I play. My goal is to not
have riffs but to listen to the singers and each musician and try to complement
the rhythms. After we are all done playing we talk and celebrate the evening.
There is no better place in the world".