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Bio: Skoota Warner, the “Drummer’s Drummer”
Who could have imaged that banging on pots and pans in his grandma’s kitchen would lead three-
At four, his grandmother, Ollie Foster surprised him with a set of drums and his "banging" started to take on a rhythm-
At 13, Skoota's grandma became his first manager getting him his first recording session with The Mighty Evangelists for their Amazing Grace album. His pay for the session was 10 albums that his grandmother sold to her friends after church one Sunday. Skoota honed his drumming skills in high school playing at school social functions and at clubs around town.
After high school graduation, he moved to New York City with high hopes of living his dream and making a name for himself. He started out as a street musician playing for tips in front of The Plaza Hotel. Here, he caught the attention of Pepeu Gomes and Baby Consuelo, Brazil’s top pop artists. At only 18, Skoota left for Brazil where he played live rock shows with Pepeu and recorded several albums with him and other famous musicians throughout Brazil. After two years, he returned to New York with solid drummer creds landing him gigs with blues musicians Johnny Copeland and Johnny Johnson. When he returned to New York from Brazil, he joined the house band for the famed Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night; backing up R & B, funk, and hip-
Earns a new title: “The Drummer’s Drummer”
Skoota is an all-
In 1989, Omar Hakim, New York’s premier session drummer chose Skoota to be the drummer for his Rhythm Deep Project. “Skoota nails it,” said Hakim. “He’s a Drummer’s Drummer!”
Since the nineties, Skoota has played for some of the hottest artists of all time-
In 2012, Skoota reunited with his rock band Ra to record their new album, Critical Mass, which was released in October 2013. He also embarked on another journey-
Skoota describes his new CD as an eclectic mix of rhythms and genres of music that have greatly influenced him. “It’s a labor of love composed of snippets of everything I love,” said Skoota.
Skoota is married and resides in New York.