The Beat Of His Own Drum

Famed drummer and music producer Bill Dobrow, known for his work with artists like the Black Crowes, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono and Norah Jones, returns to Club Room on Saturday, September 16th.




Get to know Bill before his Club Room return on September 16th for the best live percussion in NYC! Book your table on RESY for sets at 7:30PM and 9PM. Can’t make the show in September? Catch Bill at Club Room on Thursday, October 5th or Thursday, October 19th.


MUSICAL TRAINING: I began drum lessons at the age of nine. I played in the Hall High School Jazz Band with the acclaimed jazz musicians Joel Frahm and Brad Mehldau, with whom I’d spend countless afternoons improvising and discovering the great history of jazz through records. Summer study programs at Eastman School of Music, Hart School of Music, and Hartford Conservatory augmented my education. I went on to earn a B.A. in Music and Literature at Bennington College, having studied Black Music with professors Milford Graves and Bill Dixon. Though they have left us, their wisdom and artistic energy guides me to this day. Regarding timelines, the late Ed Blackwell once imparted to me:  “We’ve always been drummers. Since we were born.” I like that idea.


FIRST GIGS: When I was in middle school, Brad Mehldau and I were hired to play at the spring picnic of our former elementary school. Tough crowd, but we really delivered! The topical program included “Subdivisions” by Rush and The Beatles’ “Yesterday.” First forays on the NYC stage were with (dear friend and musical cohort since college) guitarist Anthony Wilson’s trio groups with either Scott Colley, Ed Schuller, or the late Dwayne Burno on bass. Shows with songwriter Jesse Harris were among my first in town as well.


MY MUSICAL INFLUENCES: (drummers) Milford Graves, Elvin Jones, Ed Blackwell, Tony Williams, Charlie Watts, Ringo Star, Jim Keltner and Steve Gadd. What and who influences us musically is a broader discussion, for sure, but these are some massive inspirations.




LATEST MUSICAL PROJECTS: Preparing and recording new music with a variety of different artists.


FAVORITE PLACE TO GO IN NYC: Raoul’s on Prince Street – a neighborhood favorite and a New York institution!