Thank you Modern Drummer!
October 23, 2013
Wow, so I’m pretty excited to see that Modern Drummer featured my blog post on October 21st. I’ve been reading Modern Drummer for about 17 years ago and it’s an awesome feeling that they took the time to add me to their site. This article is an introduction of who I am, what I’m about and what I plan for the future. Thanks to everyone for their support and special thanks to Modern Drummer – I sincerely appreciate it! You can read the entire article at ModernDrummer.com by clicking HERE
Boso Drumsticks Two-Part Series
June 9, 2013
Boso Drumsticks Video Series
May 9, 2013
April 22, 2013
Boso Drumstick Endorsement
February 11, 2013
I'm happy to announce that I've signed an endorsement deal with Boso Drumsticks. I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Boso family and can't wait to see what the future holds. Dig it!
Check out their entire line of 100% handcrafted bamboo drumsticks here: www.BosoMusic.com
Now Accepting Students
January 27, 2013
I am currently accepting new intermediate and advanced drum students. If you would like to study with me, feel free to contact me: Lessons@NickRuffini.com
Every First Friday of the Month!
May 8, 2012
PRESSIN’ ON receives great review from “All About Jazz”
November 9, 2011
We're happy to announce that ALL ABOUT JAZZ did a review of PRESSIN' ON. Much thanks to Dan McClenaghan for the write-up!!! Check out the article here: CLICK HERE TO READ THE REVIEW
We’re #1 on the WDHX Jazz Charts!!
September 11, 2011
Pressin On – Now Available!!
July 29, 2011
“PRESSIN’ ON” sent to be manufactured
July 7, 2011
New Record “Pressin’ On” available soon!
May 18, 2011
Be on the lookout for my new record "Pressin' On". We're just finishing up a few things and then it'll be available soooooooon! Can't wait! This thing is burning a hole in my pocket!
New Record Finished and Ready to be Pressed!
April 14, 2011
I'm super excited to announce that I picked up the final copy of my record today! Now all that's left is getting it pressed, which will be happening VERY, VERY SOON! Thank you all so much for your support of this record and I can't wait to let you all hear it!!
Recording Starts THIS WEEK!
March 8, 2011
I'm happy to announce that we'll be FINALLY recording this week starting Wednesday March 9th. We're hoping to get the bulk of the recording done Wednesday and Thursday, and are pushing to have the whole record recorded, mixed and mastered within the next few weeks! Stay tuned, as the record will be available VERY SOON!!!
March 8, 2011
I am currently in italy gaining inspiration for my new album. I'm taking in the sites, relaxing and looking forward to getting back to the states and spending all hours of the day writing and recording until the album is finished! Stay tuned!
Nick Ruffini Trio Record Update
March 8, 2011
Production is now underway for the first “Nick Ruffini Trio” record. Stay tuned for more updates about the record and where you’ll be able to pick it up!
Welcome to the New NickRuffini.com
March 8, 2011
This is the new site for everything regarding what I’m doing, where I’m playing, and what’s to come. Be sure to check out the pages, follow me on Twitter, friend me on Facebook, sign up for the mailing list or drop me a line and let me know what you think of the site. Stay tuned, as updates will be happening frequently.
And a special thanks to my web developer for doing one hell of a job! If anyone needs a site, check out NerdBoy at http://nerdboy.ca
Thanks for checking out the site… I hope you dig it as much as I do!
...Nick is a superb drummer with a deep groove and great feel"
- Pat Bianchi, Organist, Pat Martino Trio
...Ruffini's style—one of nailing down a rock-solid groove, has a distinctively crisp sound and the soulful momentum of the best in the genre."
- All About Jazz
...Nick is one of those players that makes it look easy. Whether it's Soul or Rock or any other style, you'll find Nick in the pocket. We're also happy that he found us!"
- David Reid, Founder, Boso Drumsticks
...Nick Ruffini is a consummate professional as a musician, as a producer and as a person. It's a blessing to be his attorney and friend."Studied with: Daniel Glass, Glenn Ferracone, Dr. Will Rapp, Dr. Frank Kumor & Joe Mullen
- Chris Cabott, Renowned Entertainment Attorney, Zane Management
NYC Drummer Nick Ruffini (Philadelphia, PA native), began playing drums at age 15 and never stopped. Nick attended Villanova and Kutztown University, graduating in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Management and Music Performance. He served as treasurer of the Kutztown University Percussion Department 2002-2003 as well as President from 2003-2005.
Even while earning his degree Nick pushed his drumming career to new heights, playing with anyone, anytime, anywhere. During college Nick played in a Salsa Band, a 17-piece Big-Band, a Jazz Band, a Percussion Ensemble, and an African Percussion Group along with local and regional bands up and down the East Coast.
Nick is the drummer for the regional touring group Monacy and The Nick Ruffini Band and can often be seen performing with Jeff Washington (Melba Moore, Mica Paris, Freddie Jackson, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others) and The Sermon – totalling over 100 shows per year. In addition, Nick teaches private lessons, works on various studio projects and is developing stages of a drumming website/blog.
In 2011, Nick launched his solo career, recording a record under his own name. The album includes Johnny Defrancesco (Defranceso Brothers) on guitar, Paul Klinefelter (Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra) on bass, Rich Budesa (Budesa Brothers) on organ and was engineered/mixed/mastered by 2011 Grammy Nominee, Glenn Ferracone. Following a nation wide radio campaign, Nick's first solo release "Pressin' On" peaked at #54 on the US Jazz Charts.. A healthy touring schedule keeps Nick busy, as he shows no signs of slowing down!
Nick has performed/shared the stage with: Phish's Page McConnell, Everlast, The Greyboy Allstars, Dave Grippo (Trey Anastasio Band), Johnny Defrancesco, DJ Q-Ball (DJ for the Multi-platinum artists The Bloodhound Gang), Jazz Legend Melvin Sparks and Badfish, just to name a few.
With his diverse background and performance experience in Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin, or any other style of music, Nick's unique sound and energy are undeniable, making him one of the most sought-after drummers on the scene.Studied with....Daniel Glass, Glenn Ferracone, Dr. Will Rapp, Dr. Frank Kumor and Joe Mullen
|Will Bernard||September 26||New York. NY||Blue Water Grill|| 31 Union Square W. New York, NY
6:30p - 11:00p
|Jeff Washington||October 4||West Chester, PA||Social Lounge|| 29-31 E. Gay St West Chester, PA
10:00p - 2:00a
|PASIC||November 12-16||Indianapolis, IN||Percussive Arts Society International Conference|
2011 was a new beginning of sorts for Nick Ruffini, with the launch of his solo career. An instrumental quartet deeply rooted in the soul and funk of yesteryears, the Nick Ruffini Band takes a modern approach to a classic style, and delivers a unique, organic sound. With influences ranging from old Jazz to new Hip-Hop and everything in between, the Nick Ruffini Band has something for everyone... and it's all BURNIN'!This new project also spawned Nick's first studio album under his own name, aptly titled "Pressin' On". "It just pretty much sums up where I'm at in life right now - sometimes life throws you a curve ball, or three, or four in a row", "but you've gotta just keep PRESSIN' ON!".
Teaming up with guitarist/producer Johnny Defrancesco (Defrancesco Brothers) and Grammy Nominated engineer Glenn Ferracone "Pressin' On" proved to be one for the ages, peaking at #54 on the U.S. Jazz Charts.
While born in New York City, Jeff Washington has lived much of his life in Philadelphia PA. His skills as a guitarist, songwriter, and, performer have been honed through many years of hard work. Jeff is an excellent guitarist in all styles of modern music performing a diverse array of Funk, Blues, Jazz, Rock, and R&B. Combine this with his talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and, keyboardist, you have a dynamic package. He studied guitar technique and theory from guitar guru, Dennis Sandoli, who has also taught Pat Martino, and Mike Sembello, to name a few.
Jeff has also performed in concert and on tour with the likes of Melba Moore, Lee Andrews And The Hearts, Mary Wells, Freda Payne, Albert King, Mica Paris, Freddie Jackson,Heaven and Earth, Damon Harris, Blue Magic, Lillo Thomas, Vanessa Rubins, Chaka Khan, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
He has also appeared on the television shows, All My Children, One Life to Live, Show Time at the Apollo, the Pat Sajak Show, David Letterman, and The Arsenio Hall Show. Currently, Jeff still performs in New York City, Maryland, and Pennsylvania as a session guitarist and performer and was voted best guitarist at the Abilene Music Awards in Philadelphia, not too long ago.
His first CD, "Neptune Moon", with The Jeff Washington Band which showcased his guitar work did very well. Also his second CD, "Songs 4 the Lonely", a solo effort, in which he played all of the instruments and did all of the vocals had a Jazzy vibe to it. Jeff's third solo CD, "Strat Land", displays a little bit of both "Neptune Moon" and "Songs 4 the Lonely". Jeff is finishing up his 4th CD, "Tears from Paris", which is slated for a summer 2010 release.
The Sermon! is a funky quintet. They operate as a group, not as a loose assemblage of "pick-up" musicians. This allows a level of musical conversation between friends that cannot be recreated by five strangers. They constantly are improving and changing their sets to have a fresh sound on each performance outing.
Since their inception in December of 2005, The Sermon! has had the honor and pleasure of playing with the following members of the extended Sermon! family: The one and only "Papa" John Defrancesco - legend of the Hammond B-3 Organ, Mark Geist - Trumpet, Seth Mellon - Tenor and Alto Sax, Jim Dugan - Trumpet, Max Willauer - Alto Saxophone, Robert Stone - Tenor Saxophone, Jason Ziglar - Drum Kit, Vince Pizii - Hammond Organ, Chris Cotter - Drum Kit. Josh Komorowski - Vocals.
Monacy hails from West Chester, PA, a bustling little college town on the outskirts of musical mecca, Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love has spawned a plethora of notable musicians including Patti LaBelle, Pink, G-Love, The Roots, Joan Jett, Will Smith, and Hall and Oats, just to name a few. It's the area's stylistic diversity that has so greatly influenced Monacy's musical soul.
The band incorporates a tasteful blend of funk, rock, R&B, hip-hop, and soul, resulting in a unique and savory sound; one almost impossible to classify. This original recipe was created in 2002 by drummer Nick Ruffini, who recruited guitarist/lead singer Bri, bassist Drew Pritchard, keyboardist James McLaughlin, and lead guitarist Brian Nash to complete the lineup.
Since then, Monacy has been spreading their love up and down the East Coast, performing in venues like the Trocadero and Theater of Living Arts, both in Philly all the way up to Nectar's in Burlington, VT. The band has shared the bill with all-stars such as Phish's Page McConnell, The Greyboy Allstars, Melvin Sparks, The Spam All-Stars, Dave Grippo (from The Trey Anastasio Band) and The Bloodhound Gang's "DJ Q-Ball". Monacy also played a command performance of sorts at the Viva La Bam end-of-season "wrap" party. In addition to supporting such high profile acts, Monacy is making a mark of their own as a premier band on the college and regional scenes. The band is primed and well on their way to break out nationally.
With the help of multi-platinum engineer Rich Gavalis (Bloodhound Gang) the band has completed their sophomore EP appropriately entitled "Intensely Casual Volume 1", a collection of 5 songs that will make you want to get down, get funky, and get loose.. To add even more fuel to the fire, Monacy has teamed up with Los Lonely Boys' marketing and promotions manager, Gigi Greco to help spread Monacy's sound.
Monacy's eclectic style and energetic performances are sure to please any musical taste. Just one listen will leave you wanting more.