Brian Floody was born in New York City in 1971 and has lived in Brooklyn for the past eighteen years. While a teenager he studied timpani with Dr. John Beck at The Eastman School of Music. In 1989 Brian enrolled at The New School for Social Research and studied with many renowned musicians including Jimmy Cobb, Jim Hall and the late Vernel Fournier.
Since 1993 Brian has travelled extensively throughout the world performing with many instrumentalists including Howard Alden, Eric Alexander, Junior Mance, Brad Mehldau, the late David “Fathead” Newman, Frank Wess, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Among the vocalists Brian has accompanied are John Boutte, Lea DeLaria, Dena DeRose, Norah Jones, Irene Reid, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, and Naomi Shelton. He has performed in New York and Brazil with Brazilian artists such as Sandro Albert, Nanny Assis, Vinicio “Bina” Coquet, and Ze Mauricio.
Brian has been involved in education for over thirteen years and was the co-founder and artistic director of the Emory University Jazz Festival and on the faculty of the Adirondack Music Camp. From 2006 to 2009 he was on the faculty of the Swett Arts Academy in the Bronx. Brian has presented master classes at the University of Miami, Western Michigan University, and Laguardia High School in New York. He is currently on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Church Street School for Music and Art. Since 2002 he has been a guest instructor of percussion at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts. Brian has been featured on over thirty recordings and numerous television appearances. Included among recent releases that he has played on is the smash hit “I Learned the Hard Way” with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Since 2007 Brian has been a proud endorser of Canopus drums. www.brianfloody.com