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Lou Abbott: Bio

Drums, Vocals, piano and guitar. I am also a songwriter and arranger.

My academic career:

Temple University, B.A. in Jazz/Commercial Music
University of Miami, M.A. in Percussion Performance
University of Miami, D.M.A. in Percussion Performance.

Studied with Ron DiStephano, William Schinstine, Sam Ulano, Steve Rucker, Steve Bagby, Alan Able, Glenn Steele, Fred Wickstrom, Harry Hawthorne, Willis Rapp, Doug Floyd, Ron Miller, Witt Seidner and Jeff Laibson.

I taught at U.M for 4 years, including one semester coordinating the drumset program while Steve Rucker traveled with the Bee Gees.

I taught at Miami-Dade College for 5 years until moving to Pompano Beach in June, 2006.

I have taught at Barry University for four years in the Adult Continuing Education (ACE) department.

I started teaching at Broward College, North Campus, in 2005 and Central Campus in 2008.

I have taught four classes for Lifelong Learning at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Jupiter and Boca Raton.

I am married to Paola, a reporter for the Daily Business Review in Miami. She and I share love and support from our large families in PA, Buenos Aires, Maryland, Delaware, New York and Kendall.
Here are some of the great musicians that I have shared the stage with:

Blues/Soul/Funk:
Joey Gilmore, Piano Bob, Jeff Prine, Bobby Freeman, John Eatmon, LaGaylia Frazier, Ike Woods, Lindsey Blair, Randall Dollahan, Peter Solly (Nickel and Dime), Eddie Gregg and Dean Sire (In the West), Dave Shelly, Albert Castiglia, Midnight Johnny, Stan Street (Jumpstreet 88s), Johnny O., Dale Powers, Tom Roberts, Juanita Dixon, Pat DeLeon, Timothea, John Carey, Mitch Farber, Greg Diaz (Art of Imagination), Swing Band, Graham Wood Drout (Iki Iko), Lynn Noble and Rob Friedman Band, Dave Camp, Rupert Zuwinski, Kelly Rucker, George Caldwell, Richie Malfitano, Bonefish Johnny, Carey Furman, Dave Wilkinson, Richie Kahn, Mel Morley, Michel Pessey (Deja Vu), John Zieman, Mike Minell, Fleet Starbuck, Kilmo, Jay Hawkins, Rob Moore,
Jazz/Pop
Ira Sullivan, Brian Murphy, Matt Bonelli, Jesse Jones, Jr, Don Wilner, Guy Fasciani, Othello Molineaux, Mitch Goldstein, Billy Ross, Ed Calle, Mike and Rob Rodriquez, Todd DelJudice, Eric Allison, Dante Luciani, Randy Tomasello, Tom McCormick, Shirley Scott, Bob Metcalf, John Marcase, Eddie Higgins, Ken Ulansey, Heath Allen, Alan Blake, Denise King, Dylan Taylor (Post Hip), Jason Carder, Errol Rakipov, Don Miller, Brenda Alford, Pete Minger, Jim Gasior, Michael Suman, Bill Pace, Jeff Carswell, Jim Stager, Alan Harris, Bob Grabowski, Gary Keller, Ron Miller, Gary Lindsey, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Whit Sidener, Vince Maggio, Lisa Torres, Lucian Williams (Lew Willie and the Snapdragons), Simon Sauls, Paul Banman, Doug Bickel, Scott Rautenberg, Mike Gerber, Dolph Castellano, Greg Drew, Jamie Danger, Felix and Sherry Gomez, Rick Harris, Mario Escobar, Larry Lapin, Scott Whitney, Phil Gelatis, Rusty Taylor, Phil Fest, Hugo Lescano, Conti Bennett, Kelly Milan, Will Hudgins, Mike Levine, Tammy Daniellson, Michele Amato, Gary Mayone, Mark Marineau, Silvano Monasteros, Clay Perry, John Rose, Jaui Schnieider, Pete Wallace, Valerio Cantori, Brad Keller, Dave Hubbard, Dave Tomasello, Randy Ward, Ricardo Uribe, Keith McAliley, David Segal, Conti Milano, Shernol Mathais, Sandy Poltorack, David Fader, Scott Clarman, Mark Berner, Martin Hand, Phil McArthur, Al Hood, Mario Ortiz, Doug Floyd, Wiso Santiago, Martin Galagarza, Dana Tibo, Dave Williams, Dan Feiszli, Bill Critner, George Weremchuck, Randy Singer, Gene Bristow, Dennis Noday, John Amoroso, Dan Warner, Mario Infante, Phil Flanigan, Marty Roker, Ken Gustafson, John Bauer, Bob Vandervort, Bob Haini, Chris Jentz, Sam Chiodo, Lou Harlas, Don Coffman, Bhob Rhainey, Ray Sanchez, Pete Francis, Stuart King, Craig Wehringer, Tom Dillickrath, Mike Brignola, Billy Marcus, Kerry Klineman, Dave Miller, Dave Nagy, Al Nigro, John Shapley, Martin Bergerano, Cody Allen, Stan Samole, Peter Trias, Vegar Margeirsson, Steve Ahearn, David Carlson, Jeff and Bob Taylor, Rick Doll, Lindsey Blair, John Micalak (Gloria Estefan, Javier Carrion, Gabriel Vivas (Yanni), Michelle Amato, Nicky Yarling, Randy (Blue Flame), Lissane Lyons,
Seattle/Blaine, WA: Gretta Matassa, Clipper Erickson, Darryl McClenden, Jim McFalls (Towson), Chris Woitach, Al Kaye, Larry Holloway, Dan Goble (Western Connecticut State, NY Phil), Greg Hopkins (Berklee), Randy Halberstadt (Cornish), Martin Kuuskman, and Artistic Director Ted DeCorso (U. of Alaska.), Hal Sherman, Erv Trujillo, Scott Deal…
Appeared with: Theodore Bikel, Carol Channing, Jackie Mason, Mandy Patankin, Yolanda Adams, Jackie Mason, Eddie Holman, Grover Washington, Jr, Nicole Henry, Michael Pedicin, Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Howard Levey, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Harris, Dana Paul, Suzette Charles, Peter Graves, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Melton Mustafa, Howard Levy, Nicky Yarling, Randy Johnson, Howard Alden, David Amram, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bobby Daye, Margot Moreland, David Clemons, The Diamonds, Danny Rapp, Maureen Downey, Wendy Peterson, Bill Haley's Comets, Ruby Baker, Tom Juravich (No. 9 Band), Susan Ashley, Steve Gryb Big Band, Camilla Horn, John and Maggie Hollis (Palm Beach Orchestra), Jamie Danger (Danger/Drew Band), Brenda Alford, Bruce Issacson, Pete Minger, Beth Sollars and Paul Mullen (Jonevan), Matt Genk (Paris), Mike Gold, Joe Scott, Michelle Neville, Anne Ditamo, Hal Roland, David John, Lissane Lyons, Janice Cohen, Michelle Amato, Pam Steinberg, Jubilate Gospel Choir, Mariel Epps, Sheba, Rachel LeBon, Michael Suman, Actor’s Playhouse, Jim Badarack, Billy Ross, Joe Donato, Jay Hawkins, Palm Beach Pops, Dave Pell…
Philadelphia: Chico Huff, Maurice Wright, David Cullen, Steve Varner, Nino Puglisi, Steve Beskrone, Ron DiStephano, Michele Pesey, Stan Slotter, Doug Slick, Jim Sullivan, Mike Falcone, Paul Colombo, Bruce Kaminsky, Larry McKenna, Dan Kleiman, Mark Oppenlander, Jill Haley, John Swanna, Peter Sittler, Dave Posmentier, Greg Davis, Bob Howell, Rich Rudin, Shirley Scott, Denise Montana, Guy Michetti, Wayne Horger, Jim Parker, Ken Silver, Rick Hall, Bob Butryn, Eddie Bruce, Chet Brown, Denise NeJame, Alan Slutsky, Tom Smith, Ron Howerton, Steven Ford, Oscar Nieves Jr., Cecil Parker, Patrice Hawthorne, Howard Chud, John Valerio, Jimmy Bruno, Denis DiBlasio, Brian Pastor, Mike Boone, Tony Ventura…
Contemporary Recording artists: Raul Midon, Erin and Brad O’Donnell, Susan Werner, Nicole Henry, Fred Small, Kevin Roth, Tom Juravich, Carlos Bertonatti, John Swanna, Jonathan Kreisberg, Dennis Marks, David Crawford, Larry Brendler, Pete Kennedy, John McCutcheon, Lorraine Duisit, Tome Espinola.
Producers: Chris Rodriquez, Michael Aharon, John Anthony, Glenn Barrack, Bobby Dukoff, Phil McArthur, John Wicks, Grant Birchard, Dr. John Upledger.