North Coast Drummer Extraordinaire leads All-Star Octet Live at Nighttown!
Featuring: Ricky Exton-drums & leader, Garret Folger-trumpet, Dave Sterner-alto sax, Matt Horwich-tenor sax, Dave Kasper-baritone sax, Eric Dregne-trombone, Joe Hunter-piano, Bill Nichols-bass....& Special Guest Vocalist Dane Vannatter!
In 2017 Ricky Exton founded his eight piece ensemble called Octo Jazz. Octo Jazz features Ricky Exton as Drummer/band leader as well as some of Cleveland’s finest Jazz musician’s. The ensemble pays homage to some of the great Jazz arrangers including but not limited to the “West Coast” or “Cool” style of Jazz as well as some original compositions and arrangements by Exton and other members of the band.
Ricky Exton: Drummer, recording artist, composer, arranger, and producer, has been active in the music community for over 2 decades. At an early age, Ricky's talents emerged as one of the Cleveland Tri C All Stars. He continued his career in music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where he earned a Baccalaureate in Professional Music. His performance venues include jazz festivals, concerts, television appearances, and private and corporate events. He has performed with Lou Rawls, Wynton Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Terence Blanchard, Ernie Krivda, Cyrus Chestnut, Joanne Brackeen, Kim Nazarian, Dominick Farinacci, and international guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza. In addition, Ricky is an active session musician recording in studios from the east coast to the west coast.