I am an LA based singer & percussionist specializing in African, Cuban and Brazilian drumming. I've lived in Togo & Ghana, West Africa, Habana & Matanzas, Cuba and Bahia, Brazil. I've played with Papa Ladji Camara, Mustapha Tetty Addy, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, Los Papines and Afro Cuba.

Africa is the source. Having a deep understanding of traditional African music and all of it's variations around the world, allows me a unique perspective and skill set as a percussionist.
Because of this experience, I can essentially play any type of hand or stick drum, any pattern simple or complex, with a variety of feels, both non-Western and contemporary.

I'm a trained vocalist. A crispy tenor with a warm rich voice. A gifted harmonizer.

I have top of the line recording equipment (Neumann & AKG mics, Manley pre-amp, Le Lavry Blue converters) and can guarantee a full, high resolution sound for remote sessions.

Specific drums & percussion are:

West African - djembe, dun dun, sambang, kpanlogo, kutiro and talking drum.
Cuban - congas, timbales, cajon, bongos, shekere, palitos, guiro, clave and more cow bell.
Brazilian - surdu, atabaque, repanique, pandiero, agogo, caxixi, rainstick.
North African - darbuka
Miscellaneous - shakers, bells, toys, found objects, and whatever else the song needs.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Le Lavry Blue converters
  • Manley Labs tube mic pre & optical limiter
  • AKG 414's & Solid Tube
  • Neumann TLM 103
  • Rode NT5

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Depending on the track, 5 hour turnaround from when I start recording. 1 revision & minor adjustments free. 2 or more revisions 30% of initial agreed price added for each revision.

Reviews of Tom Rossi

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar16 days agoby

    Tom is an incredible percussionist who needs very little direction. He does things as required but goes beyond expectation, works fast!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar24 days agoby

    Awesome work, satisfied!!!

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